The '6 Principles of Nurture' underpin Peartree's nurturing ethos.
1. Children's learning is understood developmentally
We respond to the child’s developmental progress rather than what it should be at their age. This is assessed using the Boxall Profile.
2. The classroom offers a safe base
We have organised our room so that it has a balance of educational and domestic experiences, hence the sofa, soft furnishings mixed with the classroom room feel. The children and adults often remark how comfortable and inviting the rooms are.
3. Nurture is important for the development of wellbeing
We praise the children for their efforts and help them identify their strengths and qualities through a range of tasks. Children respond to being valued and thought of as individuals - we notice and praise their achievements.
4. Language is a vital means of communication
Each group uses a ‘feelings check in’ so that children can identifying and discuss their feelings. We find ways to manage them. We notice and talk through many things – the adults constantly model the use of language and encourage the children to do the same.
5. All behaviour is communication
We try to understand what a child’s challenging behaviour is telling us. We say that emotions are automatic reactions which we cannot choose, but the way we then act is a choice. We need to make the right choices in our behaviour and understand it’s impact on ourselves and other.
6. Transition is important in children's lives
Daily transitions between classes, from one adult to the next and from home to school, are all changes in routine that can be difficult for some children. This is managed with preparation and support.
Paper Weaving – builds resilience to situations that are tricky, self esteem and pride in a finished task.
Getting children to use kind words
Some useful ideas for managing difficult emotions
A useful recipe for playdough – fun to make and great for manipulating while talking.