Nurture groups support children within the Royal Borough who are vulnerable and show signs of social and emotional difficulties which affect their ability to learn. Children are supported to:
- Discover new kinds of behaviour and means of relating to others.
- Develop self-esteem especially for those who are self-negating that may be behaving in ways more appropriate to younger children.
- Manage on-going emotional difficulties.
- Relate appropriately to their peers.
- Manage after traumatic experience (e.g. bereavement, parental separation etc.).
- Manage problems adjusting to school life and low self-esteem.
Adults running a nurture group intervention will have attended a 3 day training programme run and accredited by ‘Nurture Group Networks’.
The six principles of nurture are:
1. Children's learning is understood developmentally
2. The classroom/learning environment offers a safe base
3. The importance of nurture for the development of self-esteem
4. Language is a vital means of communication
5. All behaviour is communication
6. The importance of transition in children's lives
Within the borough there are a small number of schools that have Nurture Group provision (including Alexander First and Dedworth Green First School in Windsor). However a number of schools have attended the Nurture Group Training and run small group interventions based on nurturing principles. The amount of time allocated to this varies from school to school.
Please see individual school's local offer information for further details.
For further information about Nurture Groups, please contact the RBWM Educational Psychology Service.