At Sundridge & Brasted we think it is important to put nurture at the heart of all we do, nurturing the children so they can shine and meet their full potential. We are in the process of completing the Nurture Schools Accreditation to ensure that nurture is firmly embedded throughout the school.
The Nurturing Schools Accreditation is an award for schools that have attended the National Nurturing Schools Programme (NNSP) and which have succeeded in creating a whole school nurturing culture for the children and young people in their care. It allows staff to develop personally and professionally whilst embedding a nurturing culture throughout their schools, enhancing teaching and learning, promoting healthy outcomes for children and young people.
A nurturing approach has a key focus on the school environment and emphasises the balance between care and challenge which incorporates attunement, warmth and connection alongside structure, high expectations and a focus on achievement and attainment.
There are 6 nurture principles which underpin the approach and which we are working on in school and the 'child speak' equivalent we are using with the children:
1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally. We all learn in different ways.
2. The classroom/school offers a safe base. We feel safe.
3. Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem. Our wellbeing is valued.
4. Language is understood as a vital means of communication. Our emotions are understood.
5. All behaviour is communication. We support all behaviours and promote positivity.
6. Transitions are significant in the lives of children. We are prepared for change.
The six principles of nurture were developed by educational professionals Eva Holmes and Eve Boyd (1999).
Follow the 'Nurture' link below to find out how we are developing and embedding the six principles of nurture in school and the 'Link to the Nurture UK website' for further general information about the programme.