NURTURE CLASSES- CHILD AND KING SMITH
We run a two Nurture classes as part of our Nurture provision for Therapeutic learning support. 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 is the purpose of Nurture Group and its philosophy?
The Nurture Group is a small class of students; its composition is carefully well thought-out to create a balanced and functional group.
Its purpose is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development. There is much research evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional wellbeing, good self-esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. The Nurture Room provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience. The Nurture Room is a place of learning.
The philosophy of the Nurture Room is drawn from the principles established by the work of Marjorie Boxall and others, and exemplified by ‘The Nurture Group Network’ (www.nurturegroups.org).
The Six Principles of Nurture:
1. Children's learning is understood developmentally
2. The classroom offers a safe base
3. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
4. Language is a vital means of communication.
5. All behaviour is communication.
6. The importance of transition in children's lives.
A Typical day for the Nurture Groups
• There are two classes, Child and King Smith. Child class experience the Nurture approach every morning in the Nurture room whilst King Smith are in the Focus room doing their academic learning. Just before lunch they swap over, King Smith are in the Nurture room and Child are in the Focus room doing their academic learning.
• Their day begins with breakfast club, this gives them the opportunity to develop social skills, talk about any problems and model ‘family breakfast’. We usually have a class discussion about their weekend or evening to promote a home-like eating experience.
• Within the Nurture Room the students experience the six Principles of Nurture in action.
• The students follow a structure and routine that is clear to both staff and children which includes group listening and speaking, work tasks, individual and shared play and social skills. The group runs on consistency, positive reinforcement and praise.
• The students have time to reflect and express their emotions as well as time to explore relaxation and calming strategies.