Nurture Group

The Nest at Rokeby

At Rokeby we are very lucky to have our own on-site Nurture Group.
“Sometimes children need just a little extra support to help them on their way to learning, making friends and growing into confident and successful young people. Nurture groups can help provide that support for children to give them the skills they need to do well at school, make friends and deal more confidently and calmly with the trials and tribulations of life, for life”. 
The Nurture Group Network, helping children and young people to succeed. 

The Nest is led by Mrs Bowie and Mrs Elliot-Smith and overseen by Miss Woodhill (SENDCo), all of whom have completed the 2 day Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups course.
The Nurture Group runs 5 afternoons per week however, we ensure that pupils do not miss out on special assemblies, guests in school, outings or special events that the rest of their class are taking part in. Pupils remain in their class during the mornings and for afternoon register. 

The Principles of Nurture 

  1. Six important principles underpin the organisation and ethos of a nurture group. 
  2. Children’s learning is understood developmentally 
  3. The nurture room offers a safe base 
  4. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing 
  5. Language is a vital means of communication 
  6. All behaviour is communication 
  7. Transitions are significant in the lives of children 

The Nurture Group has a themed curriculum which has a large emphasis on Personal, Social, Emotional and Mental Health.  

For further information please see our policies section.

The Nest is organised into the following areas to replicate home life:
Kitchen area
Dining area
Comfy area
Quiet area
Play area
Small outdoor area