Miss M Dale (Nurture Lead)  




  Miss Lucy (Nurture Assistant)

Nurture Provision


As a Nurturing School, our sessions help to identify and support children’s social, emotional and behavioural needs. We work closely with classroom teachers to assist each child with overcoming any barriers to their learning that may prevent them thriving in a large class. These may include being quiet and withdrawn, having low confidence and self-esteem or difficulties listening and working with others. There may be many complex reasons for these barriers, but in all cases spending some time in ‘The Caterpillar Room’ will be of great benefit to the child and their family. The ultimate goal of Nurture is to help children to become engaged, confident and successful learners in their classrooms and the school community.

The Caterpillar room provides a safe and secure environment for our Nurture sessions, which take place in small groups of no more than ten children. The small group size enables the children to benefit from 1:1 interaction with staff and other children and enjoy a much quieter learning space. In this space, the children are encouraged to be themselves and to express their thoughts and feelings openly.

The room aims to replicate a homely space; it has a beautiful and comfortable rug, a sensory snug, a calm corner, a small world and role play area, a construction zone and a kitchen area to prepare food and enjoy snack time together. We also have an outdoor space with an outdoor reading bench, a water tray and a sand pit. In addition, we are creating an outdoor garden space for planting flowers and herbs, which the children can enjoy looking after and attending to.


  1. Welcome
  2. Circle Time- Speaking and listening activity and emotional check-in
  3. Topic based input (video, PowerPoint, discussion)
  4. Related Activity and choosing time
  5. Snack Time
  6. Conclusion (Story time, Mindfulness, target review)

During choosing time, there will be elements of English, Maths and Science curriculum- based work for the children to complete to develop their confidence, knowledge and understanding of these subject areas.

Nurture Principles


Our Nurture sessions follow the six key principles of Nurture:

  1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally.
  2. The classroom offers a safe base.
  3. Nurture is important for development for self-esteem.
  4. Language is understood as a vital means of communication.
  5. All behaviour is communication.
  6. Transitions are significant in the lives of children.

If you would like to find out more about Nurture, please visit www.nurtureuk.org

How will Nurture help my child?
Nurture will support your child in meeting their social, emotional or behavioural needs and provide them with the extra help they need to overcome any barriers to their learning.

How long will my child be in Nurture?
Children will attend on a part-time basis for a maximum of 5 terms or less. The amount of time they spend in Nurture will vary according to their needs. When it has been agreed they will be leaving Nurture both child and family will be informed. We ensure that during Nurture the children do not miss out on important assemblies, school trips or special guests.


Are parents/carers involved?
If you wish to speak with Miss Dale or arrange a meeting, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. Alternatively, the Nurture room will be open for parents to come and speak to Miss Dale face-to-face every Wednesday between 15:15 and 16:00. We greatly appreciate your support and understand that working together is the best way forward. Our parent Christmas activities afternoon was a great success and moving forward we look forward to inviting you for other special events or simply a tea and a chat.