Welcome to our Nurture Group. Since October 2016 our Nurture Group has been held in the Learning space.
It is run by Miss Bham and Mrs Younge. Mrs Bham is a Nursery Education Officer, trained and qualified in ‘The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups’ and Mrs Younge is an experienced Teaching Assistant.
The Nurture room is designed to be a bridge between home and school; a place where children can feel safe and secure. The room has a table to share breakfast, a beautiful living room, role play and quiet area to play games and work collaboratively plus a kitchen area to prepare snacks.
The purpose of Nurture is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development. There is much evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well-being and positive self-esteem.
The Nurture Room provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience. The Nurture Room is a place of learning.
Nurture Group Principles
Nurture groups have been operating for about 40 years. The principles were established by the work of Marjorie Boxall and others:
- Children’s learning is understood developmentally
- The classroom offers a safe base
- All behaviour is communication
- The importance of transition in children's lives
- Provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening
Frequently Asked Questions
Which children attend Nurture?
Children may attend sessions in the Nurture Group for specific reasons, for example:
- Friendship difficulties – keeping/making friends
- Quiet, shy, withdrawn
- Find it hard to listen to others or join in
- Disruptive towards others
- Find it hard to accept losing a game
- Find it hard to share and take turns
- Find it a bit difficult to settle into class
- Low self esteem
- Poor relationships with adults in school
- Family illness or break-up
How will Nurture Group help my child?
Nurture Group will boost confidence and self-esteem and provide children with the extra help sometimes needed to improve social skills and independence for example:
- To join in
- To settle
- To listen
- To concentrate
- To share and take turns
- To accept losing a game
- To build up friendships with their classmates
It gives them a chance and helps to encourage a more positive profile among their peers and members of staff.
Does this mean my child is naughty?
No, these sessions are meant to help them manage situations and increase their skills to become more successful learners.
How long will my child be in Nurture Group for?
Children attend on a part-time basis for a period of 2-4 terms. However we ensure that the children do not miss special assemblies, guests in school, outings or anything else that may be different from the normal routine of the week.
How are parents/carers involved?
We like to consider our door is always open and therefore welcome parent/carers to visit and join the sessions at any time. Special event invitations are sent out to join us for example; open afternoon, Mothers Day Tea or simply for afternoon tea and a chat.