Staff Roles

The Role of a Senior Early Years Practitioner

Further information to follow as this role expands and develops.

The Role of a Key Worker

Please refer to this document on the blog:

The role of the key worker

SMT should consider how to ensure Key Worker shifts match with children’s attendance, or how to manage the role when they don’t. If the Key Worker is part time/absent there should be someone else who has the Key Worker role during that time.

The Role of the Support Worker

Further information to follow as this role expands and develops.


The Key Worker is responsible for keeping these up to date – see Role of the Key Worker.

All staff can record learning if the Key Worker is not there – the Key Worker can collate the observations.


Links should be made with settings where blended placements take place. This may include those childminders who are now being commissioned by Highland Council so learning needs to be shared with them as well. Sharing information with blended placement template


Planning should be flexible, responsive and involve the children. Each setting should involve their staff in planning in ways which fit their own context.

Approaches to Planning in Early Years

You can access the Responsive and Intentional Learning bitesize at Highland Digital Schools Hub Recordings Of Training Sessions.


Ensure all staff know that they have a part to play in engaging in self-evaluation and moving the setting forward as a team.

Leadership Opportunities

Please see the Team Building and Leadership page for details