Nurture at Repton Manor Primary School.

At Repton Manor Primary School, we strive to be a place of nurture for the children; the basis of our school is built upon nurture and the relationships we have with the children, which will allow them to be successful educationally.  This was recognised by Nurture UK in 2019 when we were awarded with the National Nurturing Schools Award.  A whole school approach is considered the best way to support our children, everybody’s wellbeing is important and needs to be nurtured. Nurture is based around 6 principles, these are as follows:

Children’s Learning is Understood Developmentally
We differentiate the curriculum according to the needs of our children.  We consider attainment levels but also recognise the children’s developmental progress through Boxall Profile.  The response to the individual child is underpinned by a non-judgemental and accepting attitude.

The Classroom offers a Safe Base.
The organisation of the environment and classroom management help to reduce anxiety.  The classroom time is organised around predictable routines, supported visually where appropriate. Great attention is paid to detail; the adults are reliable and consistent in their approach to the children.
The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing.
Nurture involves listening and responding.  Everything is verbalised with an emphasis on the adults engaging with the children in reciprocal shared activities.  Children respond to being valued and thought of as individuals, in practice this involves noticing and praising small achievements.

Language is a vital means of communication
Language is more than a skill to be learnt, it is the way of putting feelings into words.  Children often ‘act out’ their feelings as they lack the vocabulary to ‘name’ how they feel.  We encourage informal opportunities for talking and sharing.  Words are used instead of actions to express feelings and opportunities are created for extended conversations or encouraging imaginative play to understand the feelings of others.

All Behaviour is Communication.
This principle underlies the adult response to the children’s challenging or difficult behaviour.  “Given what I know about this child, what are they trying to tell me?”  Understanding what a child is communicating through behaviour helps us respond in a firm but non-punitive way.  If the child feels their behaviour is understood it can help to diffuse difficult situations.

The importance of transition in a child’s life.
We that transitions are managed appropriately eg between home and school, between sessions, different adults etc.  Changes in routine can be difficult for children and need to be carefully managed with preparation and support.  We have additional support for children who find transitions particularly difficult.