My name is Audrey Barker and I am the Safeguarding & Pastoral Leader at Grange Valley. Part of my role is to build strong links between you, your child and school. I run regular sessions offering support to parents and to involve parents in their child's learning.
Sunshine Nurture Group
What is our Nurture Group?
Our nurture group is a small class of 4-6 children, who remain part of a class group but spend a significant amount of time within our Sunshine room.
Our nurture group supports children to meet the social and intellectual demands of school life, improving their self-confidence and self-esteem, through a carefully planned curriculum.
Children’s learning is understood developmentally
Planned activities within the nurture group reflects the curriculum of similar children in the school but is adapted as appropriate for the developmental stage of each child in the nurture group.
Nurture Group staff meet regularly with class teachers to discuss the children's’ learning, emotional needs and their progress.
The classroom offers a safe base.
The nurture room provides a bridge between home and school, a warm and friendly environment where children feel emotionally safe and secure.
The development of self-esteem is an important aspect of the nurture group
With a growing self-esteem children will be more able to face the challenges of every day life, to solve problems and to tackle new experiences.
The development of language skills for communication is vital.
Great attention is paid to the use of language with high levels of child/adult interactions, everything is explained and explored.
All behaviour is communication
The children learn acceptable ways of communicating their likes, dislikes and feelings. There is a clear rewards and sanctions system, understood by the children, within the group.
We recognise the importance of transition in children's lives.
Managing transitions is a key feature of our Nurture Group, preparing the children for day-to-day events and changes to the usual routines.
Which Children? Which Adults?
Through discussion with staff children are considered for a place in the nurture group. Through observation and discussion a ‘Boxall Profile’ is completed and analysed. Members of the SLT and the LM use this information to select children.
A teacher, higher level teaching assistant, and a teaching assistant are attached to the nurture group, planning an appropriate curriculum and modelling good relationships.
Our Nurture Room
Our room has the following areas:
A kitchen/dining area, equipped with uten-sils, baking equipment, cooker, fridge etc.
A living area with a sofa, rug, photographs, and curtains.
A quiet area with bean bags, cushions and books
A work area with literacy and mathematics equipment, paper, card, display boards.
A general area with jigsaws, bricks, games and role play.
Parents as Partners
Regular informal meetings with parents take place to discuss progress, share concerns and to plan next steps.
A Nurture Group Session
Each session is planned to meet the emotional and learning needs of each child. A range of practical activities, rich in speaking and listening, take place with an over arching group focus for developing the children's social and emotional needs.
Each child also has an individual personal and social target which is developed through relationships with adults and other children within the room.
The National Curriculum and information from the Boxall Profile analysis are used to plan for the group and individuals.
Sharing Meal Times
Breakfast, snack and lunch times are an important part of the Nurture Group session. The children learn to socialise with each other, to eat and enjoy others company during a meal time, to try new foods, to take turns, to learn acceptable ways of making their needs, likes and dislikes known, and to take on helpful roles within the group, e.g. washing up, laying the table, pouring drinks.
What comes after Nurture?
The children's progress within the Nurture Group is regularly reviewed and is measured termly using the Boxall Profile, the National Curriculum and on-going observations. As the children learn and grow, both academically and socially they develop confidence, become responsive to others, take pride in behaving well and in their own achievements. A key aim of the nurture group is for the children to develop the necessary skills to be able to integrate positively into their peer and class group. Following discussions with parents, class teachers and nurture group staff, a process for re-settlement within the class group is planned and a gradual withdrawal from the Nurture Group implemented.