The group is called 'Nurture Group' because we work in a way that is very similar to a home environment. The Nurture Group room is a classroom within the school with a home play area, comfortable seating, kitchen/dining area, children's sized tables and chairs for individual or group working. The group has a maximum of 10 children at any one time.
The group is staffed by a full-time teacher (Mrs Christodoulou), and a Teaching Assistant (Miss Matheou). With two consistent and constant adults the children can experience a stable environment where adults and children work together, where mistakes and accidents are discussed, where firm boundaries are put into place and where children gain confidence and learn about themselves and their world at a pace and in a manner which suits them.
A child may come to the Nurture Group when they are experiencing difficulties in coping in a busy classroom of 30 children. Some children have behavioural difficulties, for example they are disruptive, argumentative or aggressive whilst others may be quiet and withdrawn. The child’s behaviour is preventing him/her from learning and gaining access to the school’s curriculum. All the children have considerable difficulties making and sustaining relationships with both adults and other children.
The reasons for these difficulties are many and varied e.g. separation from a loved one, birth of a sibling, trauma that a child has gone through or witnessed, effects of accident etc. Sometimes a child has learning difficulties. In some cases it is simply that a child finds the large group in the class too overwhelming, which makes it difficult for them to learn: whatever the reason some time spent in ‘Nurture Group’ will be of tremendous benefit to the child and his/her family.
Your child will continue their normal everyday routine.
The children are registered with their own class both in the morning and in the afternoon. They retain their peg, drawer and place in class.
The children are collected, from there by the Nurture Group staff after registration in the morning and/or in the afternoon.
The sessions are usually devoted to developing their knowledge and understanding of the world, creativity, role play, games, construction, cooking all of which involve sharing, collaborating and turn taking. This develops the child’s communication and social skills and builds self-confidence and self-esteem.
Children will return to their classes for assemblies, P.E., Music, ICT, outings and special class activities.
The children will spend lunchtimes and playtimes with their peers.
The children will return to their mainstream class by 3.00pm for the final session of the day and to be collected by you at 3.15
We like to meet with parents regularly to discuss your child’s progress and any concerns that we have, it is also an opportunity for you to talk with us if you have any worries or concerns for your child. We will always try to arrange a time that is convenient for you.
We do understand that you are busy sometimes and may not always have the time. But any time spent with your child talking and sharing practical experiences both within and outside the home is invaluable to your child in supporting their understanding and knowledge of the world around them
All children will make better progress if we are working together for their benefit.
What will the Nurture Group staff do?
We try to make the Nurture Group accessible and familiar and to have a warm relaxed atmosphere. It is our practice to be non-judgmental. We are always available for advice and support and have the individual needs of your child at the centre of our work and planning.
The Nurture Group staff are available to speak to you daily from 3.15pm. If there is reason that we cannot see you we will make an appointment as soon as we can. We are also available in the mornings for a limited time if you need to see us urgently
The staff are given advice, guidance and support by the school’s Educational Psychologist.
The Nurture Group at Eldon Infants is also part of the Enfield Nurture Group network, which is supported and monitored by the Local Authority.
Most children are in the Nurture Group for a maximum of 4 terms. Your child will know when they join us in that they will eventually return to their mainstream class.
When it has been agreed that your child is ready to re-join their mainstream full time a re-integration programme is started. You will be told when this is going to happen so that you can discuss this with your child.
The programme is discussed fully with the class teacher, the Educational Psychologist and you.
What happens when it is time for my child to return to their mainstream class?
The return is carefully planned with the class teacher. Your child will usually return to their mainstream class for an activity that they enjoy and are good at. Your child will increase the time he/she spends in the class as the date of their leaving the Nurture Group becomes closer. The length of the reintegration time will vary, depending on each child, their individual needs and relevant circumstances
On their last day in the Nurture Group a party is held to say goodbye. Your child will invite some friends from their class to the party. Though your child will no longer attend the Nurture Group they may visit at lunchtime or at the end of the school day with you. You may of course still visit at 3.15pm as before, if you have any worries or concerns.
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