The Nest is a place for children to have the opportunity to grow in confidence and become engaged, successful learners in their classrooms and the school community.
Nurture is an environment where adults and children work closely together; a place where mistakes and accidents are discussed; where boundaries are put in place and where children learn about themselves and their world, at a pace and in a way that suits them.
Our Nurture provision is designed to be a bridge between home and school; a place where children can feel safe and secure. The room aims to replicate a home; has a table to share breakfast, a beautiful living room, role play and quiet area to play games and work collaboratively plus a kitchen area to prepare food and snacks.
The purpose of Nurture is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development. There is much evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well-being and positive self-esteem. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which children attend Nurture?
Children may attend sessions in the Nurture Group for specific reasons, for example:
- Friendship difficulties – keeping/making friends
- Quiet, shy, withdrawn
- Find it hard to listen to others or join in
- Disruptive towards others
- Find it hard to accept losing a game
- Find it hard to share and take turns
- Find it a bit difficult to settle into class
- Low self esteem
- Poor relationships with adults in school
- Family illness or break-up
How will Nurture Group help my child?
Nurture Group will boost confidence and self-esteem and provide children with the extra help sometimes needed to improve social skills and independence for example:
- To join in
- To settle
- To listen
- To concentrate
- To share and take turns
- To accept losing a game
- To build up friendships with their classmates
It gives them a chance and helps to encourage a more positive profile among their peers and members of staff.
Does this mean my child is naughty?
No, these sessions are meant to help them manage situations and increase their skills to become more successful learners.
How long will my child be in Nurture Group for?
Children attend on a part-time basis for a period of 2-4 terms. However we ensure that the children do not miss special assemblies, guests in school, outings or anything else that may be different from the normal routine of the week.
How are parents/carers involved?
We like to consider our door is always open and therefore welcome parent/carers to visit and join the sessions at any time. Special event invitations are sent out to join us for example; open afternoon, Mothers Day Tea or simply for afternoon tea and a chat.
What our parents say...
I was very concerned about how my son’s education and how he was progressing in school. He was not doing well especially in large groups and was struggling to focus and keep up in his class.
I was approached about Nurture by the school about putting my son into Nurture as I had expressed to her my concerns regarding his behaviour at home especially him not being able to sleep well and not focusing.
I eventually had a meeting with Ms Asiya who thoroughly explained to me how Nurture worked and what it involves, in my honest opinion my views on Nurture were quite negative, I strongly felt like my son would be isolated and maybe even forgotten about, as at that point he had a strong bond with 3 of his friends in his class. I was also worried about how his friendships will be with other people as he won’t see his classmates as much. It was very uneasy and in a way made me feel sad for him that he was put into this because it is not his fault that he was struggling in his learning.
I reluctantly signed the consent form and in the first week I asked for feedback and progress and Ms Asiya was very informative and direct and helped to ease my worries.
In the first 2 weeks I instantly saw a change in behaviour from my son, before it was a struggle to get him to school and he did not want to go, but now when I mention it’s time for Nurture he is the first one in the shower ready to go. On weekends he cannot wait to start school on Monday as he said in his words “mummy I love school I like learning”.
He comes homes and talks to me about the numbers he has learnt to add and count, and the words he has learnt to spell.
Nurture has encouraged my son to form better friendships with both children and adults, a once very timid, shy boy is now very expressive and outspoken and according to Ms Asiya he is extremely funny. He looks forward to going to school and seeing his friends.
I have seen a major improvement in his communication and being in a smaller group in Nurture has helped him shine.
Me and my family are very thankful for Nurture, the welcoming environment the one on one care and constantly keeping me as a parent involved every step of the way, has been amazing. The short time with Nurture has made a giant improvement in his life and his future.
So thank you to the Nurture Team. It has been amazing and would highly recommend this to any parent.
Daubeney Receive MBQMA Award
It demonstrates how dedicated Daubeney is to Nurture and supporting children's well being.