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Nurture Groups

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Nurture groups are a way of providing support for children with social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties.

Nurture Groups are a psychosocial intervention of groups of less than 12 children that aim to effectively replace missing or distorted early nurturing experiences for children and young people. They achieve this by immersing children in an accepting and warm environment which helps develop positive relationships with both teachers and peers.

Adults running a nurture group intervention will have attended a 3 day training programme run and accredited by ‘Nurture Group Networks’.

The six principles of nurture are:

1. Children's learning is understood developmentally

2. The classroom/learning environment offers a safe base

3. The importance of nurture for the development of self-esteem

4. Language is a vital means of communication

5. All behaviour is communication

6. The importance of transition in children's lives

Within the borough there are a small number of schools that have Nurture Group provision (including Alexander First and Dedworth Green First School in Windsor). However a number of schools have attended the Nurture Group Training and run small group interventions based on nurturing principles. The amount of time allocated to this varies from school to school.

Please see individual school's local offer information for further details.

For further information about Nurture Groups, please contact the Royal Borough's Educational Psychology Service using the contact details below.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Educational Psychology Service (EPS)
01628 796688

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
0-5, 5-11, 11-16
Supporting people with
  • Behavioural, emotional, social difficulties
  • Moderate learning difficulties
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