Nurture at Willow


Here at Marish Academy Trust we run two Nurture groups The Honey Bees                     (at Marish ) and  The Ladybirds ( at Willow).

Nurture Group rooms are carefully arranged to have the best of both classroom and a home environment. They are designed to be warm and welcoming in order to provide a consistent, predictable and safe place for children. Provision should be of a high quality and link to curriculum activities, just as any classroom there are areas for sharing stories, circles times and for completing tasks, there is an additional area for hosting ‘toast time’ where children are able to sit as a group to share a meal. Within the rooms there is also a quiet area for children to use for thinking time or for finding their own space.

The group is run by staff who are qualified in ‘The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups’.

What is the purpose of a Nurture Group?

The Nurture Group is a small class of up to 10 pupils. The children are carefully brought together to make a balanced and functional group. The Nurture Group continues the ethos of an already nurturing environment within the Trust and provides inclusion for all children promoting Social and Emotional support. Therefore, the children are supported within Nurture to raise their emotional well-being, self-esteem and have a sense of belonging to the school community. We provide a structured routine with clear boundaries so the children feel safe and secure.

How long will my child attend the Nurture Group?

Currently both Nurture groups run four afternoons a week. A child will attend for 3 terms. However, we do ensure that children do not miss exciting assemblies, guests in school, outings or any special events that the rest of their class are taking part in.

As a parent, I just wanted to say a big thank you for making my child’s time in the Nurture group so happy and enjoyable. He’s always had a ‘beaming smile on his face when he went to nurture and looked forward to coming to school every day.

The ingenious methods of teaching social skills, arts and crafts and reading are outstanding. I’ve seen great improvement in his cognitive and social development.

When I asked him what he loved about his time in the Nurture group he mentioned ‘taking turns’ which nearly brought a tear to my eye as it was one of his main targets! This has shown that the difference you’re making in his life is immeasurable.

Thanks for being a positive impact on my child’s life!


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