The Snug (Nurture)
The snug is our “Nurture type” room, the Nurture group is part of the school’s inclusion and PSHE (Personal, social and health education) provision. The purpose is to offer children different opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development. There is much research evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well-being, good self-esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. The Snug provides children with this opportunity and so helps develop their maturity and resilience. The Nurture room is a place of learning.
The Nurture Group principles:
- Children’s learning is understood developmentally.
- The room offers a safe base.
- All behaviour is communication.
- The importance of transition in children’s lives.
- The Nurture room has an adult / child ratio of 1:3 or 1:4 and provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities.
- Builds a child’s self-esteem and confidence.
- Builds skills for classroom learning.
- Has daily crafts, activities, games, a snack and more.
- Language is a vital means of communication.
Before children attend Nurture provision, parents are informed by letter and requested to sign a permission slip.
Which children attend Nurture group?
Children may attend Nurture group for specific reasons, 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- Quiet, shy, withdrawn.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 share, take turns or to accept losing a game.
- Find it difficult to settle in class.
- Low self-esteem and confidence.
- Poor relationships with adults or peers in school.