The Nurture Room environment is designed to be welcoming and safe, to support pupils in developing relationships with their peers and adults,to develop their self esteem,and to have a greater understanding of and ability to express their emotions.
There are 6 principles of Nurture. These are –
- The classroom and school offer a safe base
- Nurture is important in the development of self-esteem
- Language is understood as a vital means of communication
- All behaviour is communication
- Transitions are significant in the lives of children
The theory behind a nurture group is based on “Attachment Theory ” – that if children’s early experiences are characterised by missing or distorted nurturing, then emotional and cognitive development can be affected. Many children with SEMH difficulties have been exposed to high levels of stress whilst still very young. This can impact their developing brain,and may result in hypervigilance and difficulties with attention, learning and emotional control. By providing this nurture later in a child’s life, we can help children and young people to develop the skills and resilience to cope with stressful experiences.
Pupil in the Nurture Room are offered a range of activities on a daily basis including sensory play, board games, role play and small world play, Forest School, trips out into the local community, cooking, arts and crafts. There are key members of staff who are present in the Nurture Room to support the children and build strong,trusting relationships