What does Birchwood Nurture group look like?
A Nurture Group is a small class for up to 6 children that provides a safe and predictable, structured environment in which children are given opportunities to develop their social skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. It is also a space where children can explore their feelings and learn how to manage and communicate them in appropriate ways, in a place where they feel valued and accepted.
Nurture groups are based on six principles:
- Children’s learning is understood developmentally.
- The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing.
- All behaviour is communication.
- The classroom offers a safe base.
- Language is a vital means of communication.
- The importance of transition to children.
They are supported in the group by two specially trained members of staff. They model positive relationships and there is an emphasis on the development of language and communication skills. The Nurture group has a familiar and consistent routine. Children will work 1:1 with an adult, in pairs and in small groups and their levels of achievement are raised by carefully targeted teaching/learning opportunities that focus on their individual needs.
For more information have a look at our Nurture Leaflet