Nurture is a function of the whole school staff and is crucial to the success of the group. The task is to achieve a nurturing ethos throughout the school as a solid base for all education.
(Effective Intervention in Primary Schools: Nurture Group, Bennathon and Boxall 1996)
What is a Nurture Group?
A nurture group is a small class of no more than 8 children, looked after by caring trained staff.
It is aimed at supporting children who are not thriving within their learning due to needs in social and emotional areas of development. A nurture group will give them the opportunity to build their self-esteem, and access to learning at their own pace.
Who decides who would benefit from the group?
The mainstream class teacher will put names forward and complete a profile of the children they think would benefit.
The profiles are assessed and discussed with the class teacher, head teacher, special educational needs co-ordinator and nurture staff. If we believe that the child would benefit then you as a parent would be asked to meet the class teacher and nurture leader to discuss placement.
How long do they stay in the group?
It depends on the individual needs of the child, but usually between 2 and 4 terms.
Our main aim is to reintegrate the children back into mainstream classes full time as soon as possible.
It is always difficult when your child is not performing as well as their peers.
But ‘The Explorers’ can help your child- 1:1 attention in an environment especially created to meet their social, emotional and educational needs can only benefit them. Your child will be assessed regularly and you will be made fully aware of their progress. We are always at the end of a phone or available to meet and discuss any concerns you may have. This is a chance for your child to thrive.
What happens in a nurture group?
In ‘The Explorers’ we have a daily routine, this helps the children feel secure. It comprises of:
Who will be looking after my child?
Teaching Assistant: Miss Samantha Reeder
Teaching Assistant: Miss Abbey Ward
Mrs Minney has completed nurture training and Miss Reeder will complete her training in the course of this year.
The group runs from 1pm to 3pm, Monday—Thursday and your child re-joins their mainstream class before the end of the afternoon and should be collected from their normal classroom.
“Though no-one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
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