The purpose of the Nurture Room is to provide positive learning experiences for children who are experiencing difficulties in their lives, socially or emotionally. The nurture group consists of a small group of 6 to 8 children based in the school’s own Nurture Room. The Room offers short term, focused and specialist help to those children identified as ones who would benefit socially and emotionally from this support.
The Nurture Group takes place in the Neptune Room every afternoon. We support children in all areas of the curriculum at the same time building a sense of emotional well being, good self esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. The Nurture Room provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience.
The Six Principles Of Nurture
The Nurture groups run on a set of principles. The Nurture group principles are;
If we feel your child could be supported through attending the Nurture Room we’ll invite you to meet with the staff where we’ll explain how we might help your child and answer any questions you might have.
How the Nurture Room is set up
Our Nurture Room has been designed to include both classroom and home furniture. It is set up to be warm and welcoming in order to provide a consistent and safe place for our children. Nurture group rooms are set up to be a bridge between home and school, where missed learning opportunities are addressed according to the individual profile of needs.
The Nurture Room is set up with a dining table and chairs which is used for sharing meals as well as school work, an area for sharing books and games together, a kitchen area for easy preparation of a snack.
How long will my child be in the Nurture Room for?
Children will attend on a part-time basis for an average of 2 to 4 terms. However we ensure that the children do not miss special times such as; guests in school, outings or anything else that may be different from the normal routine of the week.
When does my child go to the Nurture Room?
Children attend the Nurture Room in the afternoon from 12PM until the end of the school day. Children will be collected by their parents/ carers from the Nurture Room at home time.
What does a day in the Nurture Room look like?
Lunchtime – Concentrating on good manners and the social experience.
Literacy and Maths - Focusing on reading, writing and numeracy.
Physical Education - Developing fitness using exercise and sports.
Creative Curriculum – Topic based work emphasising on imagination and focus activities.
Snack Time – Concentrating on healthy eating and the social experience.
Tidy Up Time – Concentrating on following instructions and taking care of our environment.
Reviewing Targets – Concentrating on individual expectations and group learning objectives.
Circle Time – Concentrating on listening and contributing ideas in a group.
Story Time – Concentrating on listening and understanding.
Mr Gordon - Nurture Room Lead on the Shaftesburys site.