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Our nurture group takes place in Cherry Tree room and has been open since October 2017. Nurture 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.

The Cherry Tree room has a table to share snacks, a beautiful seating area to play games and work collaboratively plus a kitchen to prepare snacks.

What is the purpose of Nurture and its Philosophy?

Nurture is a small class of pupils (6-8). Its composition is carefully well thought-out to create a balanced and functional group. Nurture is part of the school’s Inclusion and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) provision. 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 well being, good self esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. Nurture provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience.

The Cherry Tree room is a place of learning. The philosophy of the 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 Nurture Group Principles

  • Children’s learning is understood  developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • All behaviour is communication
  • The importance of transition in children's lives
  • Has an adult/child ration of 1:3, and provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities
  • Builds a child’s self-esteem and confidence
  • Builds skills for classroom learning
  • Has daily crafts, games, a ‘mini-tea’ and more!
  • Language is a vital means of communication

Before children attend nurture provision parents are informed by letter and requested to sign a permission slip.

Which children attend nurture?

Children may attend sessions in Cherry Tree 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  • Quiet, shy, withdrawn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
  • Bullying
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor relationships with adults in school
  • Bereavement
  • Family illness or break-up

How will nurture help my child?  

Nurture 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 Cherry Tree?

Children attend on a part-time basis for a period of up to one year. 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.

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 do current children have to say about Cherry Tree room?

"I really like all the countries we are learning about. I like our brain breaks, it lets us move around."

"It’s nice to be in here with two teachers. We have to wait for our food because we learn to be patient. I really like the room and making new friends. You find out what’s good about you."

"I like that we get to talk to someone if we are having a bad day. Nurture feels a little bit like home. When i want to go home, I can come here. Cherry Tree teaches you to care about other people".

"I like they are a smaller group and everybody uses nice manners".

"I think it’s nice to put our achievements on the kindness tree"

 

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