Nurture and Positive Play
Nurture Group and Positive Play Groups continue the ethos of an already nurturing environment within The Green Infant School and provide inclusion for all children. These groups support children to develop extra skills to improve socially, emotionally and independently. The structure and focus will help to boost confidence, self-esteem and individual emotional well-being. The groups run on consistency and positive reinforcement. Praise and encouragement are in abundance.
What is the purpose of a Nurture Group?
The Nurture Group is run by one specialist member of staff. It is a small class of up to 6 pupils. The children are carefully brought together to ensure a balanced and functional group. 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. The Nurture Group provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience, whilst developing the skills they need to reach their full potential. The Nurture Group is a place of learning.
The Nurture Group Principle are:
1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally
2. The classroom/school offers a safe base
3. Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem
4. Language is understood as a vital means of communication
5. All behaviour is communication
6. Transitions are significant in the lives of children
Nurture is important…
“By building a child’s social and emotional capabilities we enable children to be happily engaged with others and with society, and to learn, to develop fully, to attain and to achieve. In essence, it delivers school ready, life ready and child ready members of society” (The Allen report 2011)