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Key persons in the early years: building relationships for quality provision in early years settings and primary schools

Key persons in the early years: building relationships for quality provision in early years settings and primary schools

Elfer, Peter; Selleck, Dorothy Y; Goldschmied, Elinor; Elfer, Peter

This accessible, practical guide rooted in attachment principles helps you get to grips with this cornerstone of good practice - what it is, the theory behind it and the practicalities of implementation

eBook, Paperback, Hardback, Electronic resource, Book. English.
2nd ed.
Published London: Routledge, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Peter Elfer, Elinor Goldschmied and Dorothy Y. Selleck
ISBN: 0203804716, 0415610389, 0415610397, 9780203804711, 9780415610384, 9780415610391
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: "A David Fulton book."
Note: Previous ed.: published as Key persons in the nursery. London: David Fulton, 2005.
Physical Description: 128 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Primary education; Early childhood education Great Britain.; Teacher-student relationships Great Britain.; Teacher pupil relationship; Early childhood education; Education.; Early childhood teachers Great Britain.


  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. Parenting and working, children and nurseries -achieving life balances
  4. 2. What is the key person approach?
  5. 3. A strategy for implementation. An approach, not a system
  6. 4. The key person approach for three to five year olds
  7. 5. The key person journey: its benefits and challenges
  8. References and further reading
  9. Index

Author note

Peter Elferis Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton University.

Elinor Goldschmiedwas an internationally renowned trainer and early years consultant and her work continues to have a profound influence on theory and practice today. She is best known for introducing the Treasure Basket, Heuristic Play with objects and the Key Persons approach into early years practice.

Dorothy Y. Selleckis an independent early years consultant working in local authorities around the UK, leading training and mentoring for schools and settings on the Key Persons approach.


'Key Persons in the Early Yearsmakes compelling reading for everyone in the early years community! The authors have skilfully brought together a rich discussion of the theory which underpins the origins and philosophy of the Key Persons approach, alongside their own expert knowledge and ways of knowing young children.'

Dr Jools Page, Programme Director, MA in Early Childhood Education (UK & Malta), University of Sheffield