Nurture Programme at LRS


Our Nurture group takes place in our warm and welcoming nurture room called The Hundred Acre Wood. The room has been designed to reflect the best of both the classroom and a home environment. It was designed to be warm and welcoming in order to provide a consistent, predictable, safe place for children. It offers a balance between educational and domestic activities aimed at supporting the development of the children’s relationships with each other and staff.
In our Nurture group we follow the six principles of nurture:

  • Children learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom is a safe base
  • The importance of nurture for the development and wellbeing
  • Language is a vital means of communication
  • The importance of transition in children’s lives
  • All behaviour is communication

The Nurture Group runs for 1-3 terms. Timescales will vary depending on each child’s individual needs. Each group consists of 4-8 children who are carefully brought together to make a balanced and functional group. Occasionally some children attend nurture on a 121 basis or with a sibling/partner. The nurture group continues the ethos of an already nurturing environment within Little Reddings Primary School and aims to raise the children’s emotional wellbeing, self-esteem, resilience and sense of belonging.

We provide a structured routine with clear boundaries so the children feel safe and secure. Children will attend Nurture weekly or bi weekly but will not miss out on their classroom learning. Teachers ensure that timetables are flexible so that children have the ability to access a broad and rich curriculum.

There are many reasons why a teacher might identify a child in their class who may benefit from nurture session:

  • Low self esteem
  • Find it hard to sit still and listen to others and join in with class conversations
  • Family illness or separation
  • Trauma or bereavement
  • Find it difficult to share take turns
  • Has difficulty settling in new class and finds transitions difficult
  • Friendship difficulties
  • Quiet shy or withdrawn

When the teacher has identified a child who will benefit from accessing the nurture provision the teacher will speak to Mrs Noel and you will receive a permission slip. You can contact Mrs Noel if you wish to discuss nurture.



Does this mean my child is naughty?

No. These sessions are meant to help your child manage situations and increase their skills in becoming a more successful learner and help them overcome any barriers they may be feeling or currently experiencing. The nurture group runs every day of the week and your child will attend one session a week. However your child will not miss out on any trips or special assemblies as Mrs Noel works closely with the class teachers.

What does a Nurture session look like?

The group follows a structured routine that is clear for the children. It includes group listening and speaking, a pre-planned educational activity, snack time, cooking or art activity and choosing time at the end. Each session has a planned activity which is directly connected to the areas highlighted by the Boxall profile. These can include Art, drama, music, cookery, and exploring emotions and feelings.

Snack time is an important time within the nurture group, sharing a meal that has been prepared by the children encourages the children to talk around the table, listen to others when they speak, problem solve, take turns and work as a team.

The nurture group is a place where the children can grow in confidence. It provides the child with a variety of experiences and promotes children’s learning and development.

Please contact Mrs Noel through the school office on 0208 950 5388 if you would like further information.