Our Nurture Group takes place in the Sunshine Room on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
The Nurture Group is designed to be a bridge between home and school; a place where children can feel safe and secure and therefore develop their individual needs further. The Sunshine Room has a table to share snacks, a beautiful seating area to play games and work collaboratively plus a veranda for outside activities and a garden attached.
What is the purpose of Nurture Group & its Philosophy?
Nurture Group is a small class of pupils (6-8). Its composition is carefully well thought-out to create a balanced and functional group. The group is part of the school’s Inclusion and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) provision. Its purpose is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development. There is much research evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well being, good self esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. The Sunshine Room provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience. The Nurture Room is a place of learning.
The philosophy of the Nurture Room is drawn from the principles established by the work of Marjorie Boxall and others, and exemplified by The Nurture Group Network.
The Nurture Group Principles:
- 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 activities
- Builds a child’s self-esteem and confidence
- Builds skills for classroom learning
- Has daily crafts, games, a ‘mini-tea’ and more!
- Language is a vital means of communication
Note: Before children attend nurture provision parents are informed by letter and requested to sign a permission slip.