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The Nurture Group - Olive Class


The Nurture Group takes place in the old Topic Room on the first floor in the

Huntley & Palmer building. We have named our class Olive class



The Nurture room is designed to be a bridge between home and school; a place where children can feel safe and secure. The room has a table to share breakfast, a beautiful seating area to play games and work collaboratively plus a kitchen area to prepare snacks




What is the purpose of Nurture Group?

Nurture Group is a small class of pupils (6-10) of mixed ages. The group is carefully thought-out to create a balanced and functional group. The Nurture Group 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 evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well-being and positive self-esteem. The Nurture Room provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience. The Nurture Room is a place of learning.



Nurture groups have been operating for about 40 years 

The principles were established by the work of Marjorie Boxall and others






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






As part of our provision within the Nurture Class, the children will begin the day by sharing a healthy breakfast together. The purpose of this time is to support the transition, and bridge the gap between home and school. We will also focus on developing the children’s use of social language and their sharing and turn taking during this time.




Another crucial part of the Nurture group will be the focus on managing and understanding our emotions. The children will have lots of opportunities to share their feelings and learn strategies to manage their emotions effectively.


The children will at times return to their base classes just before lunch for the afternoon.







Which children attend Nurture Group?

Children may attend sessions in the Nurture Group because they have specific difficulties, 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
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor relationships with adults in school
  • Bereavement
  • Family illness or break-up 



How will Nurture Group help my child?  

Nurture Group will help to boost confidence and self-esteem. The group will provide children with the extra help sometimes needed to improve social skills and independence. 







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 Nurture Group for?

Children attend on a part-time basis for a period of 4 terms or less. 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 operate an open door policy and therefore welcome parent/carers to visit and join the sessions at any time. The Nurture class is open from 8.45 – 9.00 for parents if they wish to discuss any concerns they have. Special event invitations are sent out to join us for example; open morning, Mother’s Day Tea or simply for tea and a chat


The timetable




Staff available in the nurture group/class


Staff collect children from their classes


Group welcome & breakfast


Group time 





Group time




Closing session


Children return to class


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