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Here you will learn more about the fun ways in which we help to raise pupil's self-esteem and to break down barriers to learning via a very nurturing approach.
Wilds Lodge Nurture Group aims to support our younger pupils with their social and emotional development. Evidence suggests that in order for children to access formal education they need to have good self-esteem, self-confidence and a sense of belonging and self-worth. Missed opportunities to nurture children in their early years can sometimes mean that children build up barriers to learning and can find it difficult to access formal education. Our Nurture Group supports the children’s individual needs, understands the importance of attachment, and offers the children a safe base in order for them to progress socially and emotionally.
Children in the Nurture Group are made to feel valued and supported from the moment they walk in the door, and we are constantly offering praise and rewards throughout the day. We have a well planned structure, and predictable routine, which helps the children to feel safe and secure, which is further supported by a visual timetable for the children to refer to when needed.
The Nurture room is beautifully presented and has a lovely home area, where there is a colourful sofa, a kitchen area and even a fireplace. There is also a classroom area where children do maths and literacy, which has colourful tables, a white board and a computer. The play area is where the children can relax and enjoy interacting with each other, learning those essential social skills that are needed as they grow older. The room offers a fun, positive, child-friendly environment that enables children to learn through play, and revisit earlier stages of development and learning, in order to prepare them for a more formal education in the future.
Snack Time is one of our favourite times of day and is an important part of our Nurture Group. Children enjoy learning about healthy eating and having the opportunity to review and discuss what has been learned earlier in the day. It is an amazing way for the children to work on their social skills and there are lots of opportunities for them to practice their speaking and listening skills too. It is a lovely part of the day that builds on the attachment between the group members and encourages the sense of responsibility and pride as the children have to take turns to set up, clear away and wash up afterwards.
Circle Time is always lots of fun and helps the children raise their self-confidence by being an active part of a group, as well as working on their speaking and listening skills. Activities are chosen that support the children in reaching their individual targets and to help raise self-esteem. We sing, dance, tell stories with puppets, play memory games, work on concentration skills and much, much more. We use our emotions rug to help the children understand how they may be feeling at different times of the day and to help them recognise how others may be feeling too. The children thoroughly enjoy this part of the day and even those that are very shy join in as we have so much fun.
Classwork is carefully planned, taking into account the children’s individual needs and possible barriers to learning, as this is often a major cause of anxiety to children with social and emotional difficulties. With this is mind, we always start by introducing work in the form of worksheets that can be quickly and easily completed by the child. By doing this we are able to raise the child’s selfesteem as they instantly gain a feeling of success and achievement, which is confirmed by the way of praise and reward by staff. Once the child has overcome their fear of failure, we start to slowly build up the difficulty of the task and begin to tackle classwork for longer periods of time. This process can have fantastic results and often children feel so proud of themselves that they start to request harder work and become increasingly motivated.
The Six Principles of Nurture
- Children's learning is understood developmentally
- The importance of nurture for the development of well-being
- All behaviour is communication
- The classroom offers a safe base
- Language is a vital means of communication
- The importance of transition in Children's lives
Nurture Group Staff
Cherida Gibson - Nurture Group Coordinator
Cherida leads our Nurture Group and is trained in the ‘Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups’, and also holds a certificate in Therapeutic Play. She uses the Boxall Profile to assess the pupil’s social and emotional needs, and supports the referral and transition process into the classroom. Cherida works closely with each child in order to meet their individual needs, and makes learning fun with a multi-sensory approach.
Jade Tebbutt - Nurture Assistant
Jade joined the Nurture group, after previously gaining experience as part of our care team, and is a fantastic support to the children throughout the day. Jade regularly works with the children on a 1:1 basis so that they get the extra support they need. Jade is very patient with the children and is able to gain trusting relationships with them.
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