Our Nurture Vision
At Wath Central, we value the importance of nurture to support children in reach their true potential and develop as individuals. We believe that for children nurture begins within the classroom which is why we ensure that our classrooms are calm, interesting places to learn. We make sure that we consider both the learning and the sensory needs of children when creating displays.
Nurture at Wath Central is part of the school’s Inclusion and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) provision. There is an abundance of research evidence stating that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well-being, good self-esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. Therefore, at Wath Central we see our Nurture Provision as being an integral part of our school’s curriculum offer. Specialised nurture groups are run through school by our nurture team.
We have two bespoke nurture rooms within school, our “Den” and our “ELSA” room. We also have a number of outdoor nurture areas. These areas are designed to be bridge between school and home/outside; a place where children can feel safe, secure and develop their individual needs further.
“Den” and our “ELSA” room are located inside school. Many of our nurture groups are run from these rooms. The rooms are quiet, calm rooms and have everything that the children need to feel comfortable. There are many books designed to support children through different experiences such as: grief, growing up, anxiety, change, loss. We also have an abundance of games and other activities to support children’s SEMH (social, emotional and mental health.)
In addition to our indoor spaces, we also have a number of outdoor spaces that we use as part of our nurture provision. We have a garden where children can plant and grow flowers, fruit and vegetables and outdoor seating area where storytelling and circle times can take place.
Our Nurture Team
Our school nurture team consists of: two Learning Mentors and an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. This team are then supported by our wider inclusion team including our Pastoral Manager, SENDCO, Deputy SENDCO and PHSE lead.
Mrs Dawn Stump Ms Liz Brunt Ms Marzena Harkot
Learning Mentor Learning Mentor Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
Nurture Lead Nurture Lead
These are carefully planned and well-thought out as part of the schools Inclusion and Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE). Many of the groups enable children to visit early learning skills (such as attention, interacting with others and developing independence). These skills are fundamental ensuring both a child’s SEMH and their academic progress.
At Wath Central, we carry out a variety of nurture sessions such as:
Social speaking groups
Communication through play
Forest schools inspired groups
Gremlins (Mental Wellbeing)
Bonding through play
We also have a daily walking bus, morning meet and greet, breakfast club and lunchtime nurture group to support children with both their transition into school and at more unstructured times during the day.
Our school’s Emotional Literacy and Learning Support Assistant carries out specialist ELSA sessions with some children in school. At Wath Central we recognise that there will always be children and young people who during the course of their education, will face life challenges that can detract from their ability to engage with learning. Some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.
The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. ELSA sessions take place in our very own 'ELSA room' which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.
In ELSA we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:
Loss and bereavement
We understand that for some children more specialised support is needed. We have links with a variety of different organisations each of whom are specialists in their field.
Educational Psychologist - support schools to improve all children's experiences of learning. They use their training in psychology and knowledge of child development to assess difficulties children may be having with their learning.
MIND - provide advice and support to empower those experiencing a mental health problems.
ASPIRE and Positive Regard – specialists in supporting children who display behavioural issues, with an understanding that behavioural issues are a form of communicating an unmet need.
The Nurture Group Network Nurture Uk
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
National website for CAMHS
National Children's Bureau
Promotes the interests and well-being of all children