Every child will be the ‘Focus Child’ once per term. The Focus Child approach offers the key person the opportunity to get to know your child extremely well and have a secure understanding of your child’s development.
Using the Focus Child method enables us to work closely with parents using your knowledge and expertise of your child to involve you in the planning process. The Focus Child process takes place over a three week period. In the first week, parents receive a consultation form to complete which is used to document the knowledge you have of your child and also provides the opportunity to share any significant happenings taking place in your child’s life. Using this information, we plan adult led activities for your child.
During the second week of the cycle, the key person delivers the planned adult led activity and closely observes your child. Your child’s key person will hone in on the individuality of the Focus Child, making their observations and inferring what this tells them about the child’s thinking. At all times throughout this week the key person will be ready to respond to your child, using appropriate strategies to react to children in the moment and support their well-being and learning.
In the third week, the key person and parent(s) will have a link meeting where they will discuss the observations that were made in the previous week. From this discussion, the key person and parent(s) will plan your child’s next steps together. Taking the knowledge from their observations and that of the parent’s, the key person will produce the child’s assessment.