What is a nurture group?
Sometimes, children need extra support to help them with their learning, making friends and growing into confident and successful individuals. Nurture groups can help provide that support for children and parents to give them the skills they need to do well at school and to deal more confidently and calmly with the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
(Kevin Kibble, CEO of The Nurture Group Network)
Nurture groups offer an opprtunity to learn the early nurturing experiences some children still need to develop, giving them the skills to do well at school, make friends and deal more confidently and calmly with everyday situations. There are two members of staff that support a small group of children to develop these skills.
Here at Brompton Westbrook our Nurture Group runs Monday to Thursday in the afternoon. The room is set up to be a homely envirnoment with a kitchen area, cosy reading area for children to snuggle up on sofas with blankets , we also have a dolls house as well as toys and games children can play with together.
During these sessions the children are working towards targets through directed activities, independent play and a snack time. This term the children have been learning about airports and aeroplanes. Some children have been able to draw on their own experiences to aid their learning. The children have learnt about the different roles people have in an airport and have enjoyed playing these characters in the Brompton Airport. The children built their own aeroplanes from lolly sticks, completed science experiments which involved investigating the best material to make an aeroplane from and solved problems involving luggage. They finished the topic by designing and making their own model airports.