As part of the Heathfield, Whitton and West Twickenham locality, our school has access to the Cabbage Patch Nurture Group for Reception and Key Stage 1 children.  The nurture group has been open since September 2015 and you can view the Annual Self-Evaluation of the provision here.

The nurture group is a short-term intervention providing a caring, stable and supportive home/school environment for children exhibiting social and emotional difficulties. The intention is to help the children develop a positive self-image and improve their social skills so that they can learn successfully when they return to their school full-time.

Children who are likely to benefit from coming to the nurture group may present with some of the following:

  • Issues relating to emotional security, attachment and sense of self-worth.
  • Low confidence and low self-esteem.
  • Under developed social interaction skills, for example turn-taking, active listening and participation in a range of social situations.
  • Withdrawn behaviour.
  • Lack of awareness and skills in managing and expressing feelings.
  • Difficulties forming trusting, reciprocal relationships with adults and peers. 
  • Difficulties following adult direction. 
  • Difficulties expressing needs and accepting the needs of others.
  • Difficulties engaging with learning and lacks resilience.
  • A contrasting difference between chronological age and developmental age.

Children may also have additional needs, such as speech, language and communication needs and/or challenging behaviour, however these are considered to be secondary.

The nurture group runs five afternoons a week and it provides a homely atmosphere consisting of three key areas: home, work, and play. It aims to provide a caring, stable and supportive environment, where trained staff can help children to overcome their social and emotional difficulties.

The nurture group curriculum incorporates all areas of learning in small attainable steps. Teaching is delivered through carefully structured topics, play and practical activities. Children learn about talking and listening to each other, co-operation, team work, feelings, healthy lifestyles, respect for others and much more.