As the children learn academically and socially they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and in achieving.
Children attend nurture groups but remain an active part of their main class group, spend appropriate times within the nurture group according to their need and typically return full time to their own class within two to four terms.
There are 6 key principles underpinning the ethos of Nurture Groups:
- Children’s development is understood developmentally; numeracy and literacy are included, but structured play activities appropriate to a child’s developmental level are an important part too
- The classroom offers a ‘safe base’: the morning is clearly structured and adults are reliable, firm and consistent.
- Nurturing is vital in the development of self-esteem; activities through which we can achieve this will include cooking, playing, creative arts and having meals together
- The development of language and effective communication is vital to a child’s ability to express feelings appropriately.
- All behaviour is communication: Boxall profiles are completed termly to track patterns in behaviour and better understand what a child is communicating.
- The importance of transition in children's lives - Communication with parents is essential in moving a child forward.