Welcome to Robins Nurture Group.
We are a small class of 8 to 10 children who spend a Friday afternoon together.
Our Nurture Group is designed to be warm and welcoming in order to provide a consistent, predictable and safe place for children. With two specially-trained members, Mrs. O'Connor and Mrs. Smith, whose task is to model courteous and supportive behaviour whilst making the children feel accepted and valued. Our aim is to be a bridge between home and school, missed learning opportunities are addressed according to the individual needs. We provide support to promote positive emotional and social growth and cognitive development, at whatever level of need the child manifests.
We work and plan activities in close partnership with the children's class teacher ensuring the same skills and objectives are taught as their peers, meaning whilst there is a focus on social skills the children still have full access to all areas of the curriculum. Lessons are shorter but more structured than in the mainstream class and levels of achievement are raised by carefully targeted teaching/learning opportunities.
There is a great emphasis on communication and in order to teach various social skills such as turn taking and sharing, the children prepare and eat a snack each afternoon. During this time positive relationships are modelled and there is also an emphasis on the development of language and communication skills.
The main aim of our Nurture Group is to give children the skills needed to be able to effectively return to their mainstream class within the year.