What is Nurture?

The concept of nurture highlights the importance of social environments – who you’re with, and not who you’re born to – and its significant influence on behaviour and cognitive ability.

Nurture groups offer an opportunity to learn the early nurturing experiences some children and young people lack, giving them the skills to do well at school, make friends and deal more confidently and calmly with the trials and tribulations of life, for life.

City of Edinburgh: Rationale for Nurture approaches

Nurture principles and the associated practice offers a framework to support children and young people to learn and develop socially and emotionally. This is to enable engagement with their wider academic learning, self-regulation and development. Emotional connection, safety and the experience of positive relationships are not only necessary conditions/requirements for positive health and wellbeing  but are also key motivational conditions and drivers for learning and achievement.

Nurture tasks for home

13 easy microwave cake recipes

Why are Nurture groups required?

Improved wellbeing

Improvements in social, emotional and behavioural skills and strengthening of wider social networks

Improved behaviour

Nurture groups help create a positive change to SEBD in school and at home (Binnie & Allen, 2008), and allow for a positive attachment to school (walker, 2010)

Improved achievement

Studies have found a statistically significant advantage in academic progress for pupils that attend a nurture group

Improved teaching

Nurture groups help develop effective bonds between teachers and students, reduce exclusion and help create a wholeschool nurturing ethos (Cooper& Whitebread 2007)

Nurture- The role of adults

Foster positive relationships and demonstrate an interest in wider achievement

Modelling quality social and emotional interactions are at the heart of providing a nurturing experience

Reviewing behaviour 1:1 and as a group

Listen and respond to pupils non judgementally

Language development – concentration, turn taking, following instructions, sharing, empathy, appropriate behaviour,

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