We are extremely excited that this year, we are able to offer a fantastic opportunity for children to access our school’s Nurturing Programme. This programme offers group support in a positive environment where children will work with Miss Unwin through a range of structured activities designed to meet their needs.
What is the purpose of a Nurture Group?
The Nurture Group is run by two members of staff and co-ordinated by a Nurture leader. It is a smaller class than usual. The children are carefully brought together to ensure a balanced and functional group. The Nurture provision continues the ethos of an already nurturing environment within Bolsover Church of England Juniors and provides inclusion for all children. 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 Nurture Group provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience, whilst developing the skills they need to reach their full potential. The Nurture Group is a place of learning.
Nurture is important…
“By building a child’s social and emotional capabilities we enable children to be happily engaged with others and with society, and to learn, to develop fully, to attain and to achieve. In essence, it delivers school ready, life ready and child ready members of society” (The Allen report 2011)
What are the reasons children might attend a nurture group?
Low self esteem
Find it hard to listen to others or join in
Family illness or break up
Find it hard to share and take turns
Find it hard to settle into class
Friendship difficulties - keeping/making friends
Find it hard to accept losing
Quiet, shy, withdrawn, anxious
How will the Nurture Group help your child?
Children follow a structure and routine that is clear to both staff and children. The group runs on consistency, positive reinforcement and praise. The Nurture room 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.
What should the children get out of it?
Improved social skills
More able to express their feelings
To work on curriculum based activities from their classrooms
To experience and practice the development of positive relationships
Does this mean my child is naughty?
No. These sessions are to help children manage situations and increase their skills to become more successful learners.
How long will my child attend the Nurture Group?
Children attend on a part-time basis for a period of 1 or more terms depending on the individual child's needs. However, we ensure that children do not miss special assemblies, guests in school, outings or any special events that the rest of their class are taking part in. The Nurture team plan closely with the class teachers and each child usually follows the curriculum being carried out in their class.
Are parents/carers involved?
Yes. We pride ourselves on having an open door policy where parents/carers can come and chat with the class teacher or the Nurture staff with regard to their child.