Nurture Group – The Hub
What is the “The Hub”?
The Hub is a room where children who are experiencing difficulties can go for support, guidance and care.
The room provides:
- a safe and predictable structured environment
- opportunities for children to revisit early missed ‘nurturing’ experiences
- a supportive, caring and highly visual environment
- interventions for those children who are unable to access learning successfully in their mainstream classroom
- experienced and skilled staff who work on building positive relationships
- a strong emphasis on the development of language and communication skills
- a focus on social, emotional and mental health and challenging behaviours
The mornings offer 1:1 check ins for children and the afternoons often consist of a small group of up to 6-10 children. These interventions are termly and focus on topics such as regulated behaviours, positive relationships, self-esteem etc.
Children in the nurture rooms gain skills such as listening, turn-taking and sharing that will reduce (or remove) barriers to learning, therefore enabling them to transition back in the mainstream classroom successfully
We also learn to follow instructions, respect school rules and develop confidence and independence through interventions based in the room. This approach recognises that difficult behaviour may result from underlying problems in perception and understanding
We work closely with multi agencies to ensure our children’s needs are met and monitored
Our Curate also offers weekly support to both the staff/children within the Hub and offers guidance/advice when required
- Provide a small-scale setting in which children can experience nurturing support from adults, who actively work towards enabling their successful reintegration in their mainstream classroom
- Break down barriers to learning
- Have a predictable, calm and purposeful environment and timetable
- Develop self-esteem and social skills
- Develop positive relationships between adults and children, building trust, confidence and reliability
- Develop responsibility for oneself and others
- Help children learn appropriate behaviour
- Help children make decisions and sensible choices through understanding the consequences that certain behaviour has
- Work in partnership with parents/carers and teachers to achieve consistency of approach school and home
- Prevent possible exclusion
Partnership with Parents and Carers
- By working closely with the Parental Involvement Team, we encourage parents and to play a proactive role in their child’s school life by communicating effectively
- We have an open door policy to keep parents/carers informed of their child’s progress, provide them with support/advice and ensure consistency between school and home
In the Hub, we work very closely with the school’s Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs Teams. We recognise that every child matters and aim to respond to each child’s needs, taking into consideration their:
- Life experiences
- Communication needs
- Emotional, social and mental health needs
- Developmental needs
- The Hub is calmly decorated, well structured, with clearly labelled areas
- The room provides a space for formal, independent work, areas for working with support, creative areas, play areas and a quiet area.
- Children’s work and/or creative work is displayed to build confidence and pride
Criteria for attending The Hub
There is a criteria to help to assess if it is appropriate to refer a child for inclusion in the the Hub. A child would be considered if they:
- Appear unable to integrate into a mainstream classroom
- Find change upsetting
- Have behaved aggressively, impulsively or inappropriately
- Appear to be emotionally insecure – which may present as lack of self-acceptance, low self-worth or lack of trust
- Are withdrawn and unresponsive
- Have poor social skills, who cannot share, are demanding or uncooperative
- Poor attention span
- Have multi agency support
Additionally, if there any safeguarding concerns or if a child has been placed on a Child Protection Plan then they too will access the provision.
Referral Procedure for the Hub
- The hub is not for “misbehaving” or “less able” children to be sent down.
- Children who have previously accessed support from the Learning Mentors can be referred to the Hub.
- For each of these children the class teacher would be asked to complete a Boxall Profile to enable a joint assessment of the child’s needs.
- If a decision is made to include a child into the Hub, parents/carers must be contacted to discuss the offer of a place.
- On completion of assessment and parent/carer acceptance of their child’s place into the Hub, there is a commitment from both class teacher and parent/carer to ensure their child participates for a minimum of a term.
- Inclusion in the Hub is not necessarily until the child leaves All Saints C of E Primary School. Some children may ‘graduate’ back into a mainstream class after achieving targets and/or showing progress and improved behaviours.
Referral Procedure for the Learning Mentors
Referrals for learning mentor support is requested by classroom staff
Specific 1:1 Interventions and contact work that focus around:
- Self Esteem
- Confidence building
- Developing an understanding of positive relationships
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Barriers to learning
- Mental health
Lunch Time Club
Every lunchtime from 12.15 – 1pm the nurture room is open. It is an opportunity to make new friends, play games, draw and have some fun.