A child learns best when they have strong self-esteem, a sense of belonging and resilience.’

Treehouse

Our Nurture Room is known as ‘Treehouse’ and has been carefully designed to reflect the best of both the classroom and a home environment. The aim of the Nurture Room is to be a warm and welcoming room in order to provide a consistent, predictable and safe place for children and to offer a balance between educational experiences and life skills. It is aimed at supporting the development of the children’s relationship with each other, their wider peers and with staff.The group is run by Miss Abi Welsh, who is completing the Nurture Room Network training to be a qualified Nurture Room practitioner. Miss Welsh is also our Family Link worker. She can be contacted via the school office and welcomes the children into school each morning on the gate.

The group follows the six principals of Nurture:

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally.
  • The classroom offers a safe base.
  • The importance of nurture for the development of well-being. 
  • Language is a vital means of communication.
  • All behaviour is communication.
  • The importance of transition in children’s lives.

For more information visit www.nurturegroups.org

The Nurture Room has two groups, one for KS1 and one for KS2 and children may stay in there for one term or longer, timescales will vary depending on each child’s individual needs. Each group consists of 3-6 children who are carefully brought together to make a balanced and functional group. The Nurture Room continues the ethos of an already nurturing environment within St. Peter’s Primary School and we aim to raise the children’s emotional well-being, self-esteem, resilience and sense of belonging. The goal is to support the child in all aspects and give them the skills they need to be a resilient, happy and independent learner. The Nurture Room provides a further structured routine with clear boundaries so the children feel safe and secure.

There are many reasons a teacher may identify a child in their class that may benefit from the Nurture provision, these can include:-

  • Attachment needs
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Finding communicating with peers and adults tricky.
  •  Finding it hard to listen to others or join in. 
  • Family illness or break up.
  • Bereavement.
  • Finding it hard to share and take turns.
  • Finding it hard to settle into class.
  • Friendship difficulties-keeping/making friends.
  • Finding it hard to accept losing a game.
  • Quiet, shy, withdrawn.

When a referral is made, the teacher and teaching assistant will complete a Boxall Profile questionnaire to identify possible areas of which the child may need support. This is then analysed by Miss Welsh and the school SENCo and presented to SLT.  If it is felt that the child would benefit from the Nurture Room provision, the class teacher will speak to the parent/carer and they will be given the opportunity to accept a place.

The Nurture Room runs each day and we ensure that the children do not miss any extra activities that their class may be doing, such as, special assemblies, guests in school, outings or any other special events. The Nurture team work closely with the class teachers and the class schedules.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning Session
9.30 – 12.00
KS1 KS1 KS1 KS1 KS1
Afternoon Session
1.30-3.30
KS2 KS2 KS2 KS2 Planning time

 

What does a session in Nurture look like?

The Nurture Room follows a structure and routine that is clear to both children and all adults.  This includes group listening and speaking, sharing news, a curriculum activity, breakfast time, well-being activities and stories. All sessions start with the register and ‘Bean Bag’ time which is an opportunity to talk and share.

Each child has the opportunity to be responsible for a job within the group, these roles change daily. The jobs range from taking the register to laying the table, taking the orders for breakfast and washing up.

Breakfast time, for KS1, is a very important time within the Nurture Room, sharing a meal that has been prepared by the children encourages the children to talk around the table, listen to each other, taking turns to speak, to work as a team to offer support and to problem solve.

F.A.Q

Will my child miss out on their learning?

Children will still be taking part in academic lessons, Maths and English in the morning and Topic in the afternoon. The sessions will look different to classroom based lessons as the children’s needs and targets are carefully planned for and considered for each task.

How long will my child attend nurture?

This is individual to all children and can depend on their progress within the Nurture Room. The main aim is to equip the children with the skills that they need to be successful in the wider school environment, including their classroom and outside areas. Their progress is monitored and reviewed, alongside further Boxall Profiling.

What happens when they finish in the Nurture Room?

All children who are ready to leave Nurture and return to the classroom have an individual and carefully planned transition timetable to fully support them in this change.

Does this mean my child is naughty?
No. The aim of the Nurture Room can be different for all children attending. We recognise the individual needs of children and the Nurture Practitioner will strive to give them the support and skills to help them manage situations and become more successful and resilient learners.