Our nurture room was purposefully set up to support children in January 2018. Nurture Group rooms are carefully arranged to have the best of both classroom and a home environment. Ours is a warm, welcoming and a safe happy place for children. There are areas for sharing stories, circles times and learning. As well as an area for interacting and sharing a healthy snack.
What is the purpose of a Nurture Group?
Our Nurture Group is a small class of 6-8 children. The children are carefully brought together to make a balanced group. The Nurture Group continues the ethos of an already nurturing environment within Kingsley School and provides inclusion for all children promoting PSHE provision. Therefore the children are supported within nurture to raise their emotional well-being, self-esteem and have a sense of belonging to the school community. We provide a structured routine with clear boundaries so the children feel safe and secure.
Aims of Nurture
There are 6 key principles we follow:
- Children’s learning is understood developmentally
- The classroom/school offers a safe base
- Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem
- Language is understood as a vital means of communication
- All behaviour is communication
- Transitions are significant in the lives of children
What does an afternoon in Nurture look like?
Children follow a structure and routine that is clear to both staff and children which includes group listening and speaking, individual or shared playing and social skills.
Taking part in a game, sometimes board games or team games, to encourage turn taking and coping with losing.
Circle time and sharing news – taking part and listening, sharing in a small group to build self-esteem and confidence.
A structured communication programme is used which allows the opportunity to discuss and understand our feelings.
Role play and drama – communication, listening to other ideas, taking on the role of different characters.
Local walk and visits – communication, turn taking, social skills and to grow in confidence.