The Nurture provision known as the Rainbow Room is designed to be a bridge between home and school, a place where children can feel safe and secure and therefore develop their individual needs further.
The nurturing approach offers a range of opportunities for children to engage with missing early nurturing experiences, giving them the social and emotional skills to do well at school and with peers, develop their resilience and their capacity to deal more confidently with life.
The Rainbow Room is set up in such a way that it resembles a ‘home’. There is a living-room area with a sofa and cushions; a dining area and kitchen for snack and a working area for pupils to carry out their activities. There are also lots of resources and areas to encourage learning through play.
Children follow a structure and routine that is clear to both staff and children which includes group listening and speaking, work tasks, individual and shared play and social skills. Food is shared at ‘breakfast’ or ‘snack time’ with much opportunity for social learning, helping children to attend to the needs of others, with time to listen and be listened to.
The relationship between the two nurture trained staff is always nurturing and supportive, providing a positive role model for children. The group runs on consistency, positive reinforcement and praise. As the children learn academically and socially, they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in their relationships and in achieving their full potential.
Children attend nurture groups but remain an active part of their main class group, spend appropriate times within the nurture group according to their need and typically return full time to their own class within two to four terms.