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What are nurture groups?

Nurture groups are a small group of children within a school supported by the whole staff and parents/guardians/foster parents. A nurture room offers a small class setting and a bridge between home and school, meeting children’s individual emotional needs.


The six principles of nurture groups

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • The importance of nurture for the development of self-esteem
  • Language is a vital means of communication
  • All behaviour is communication
  • The importance of transition in children’s lives.


Nurture within Rossmar School

The nurture group in Rossmar School is called, The Snug. The Snug is a warm and welcoming place where pupils, parents, carers and staff can be supported as required.


The Snug operates 4 days a week. During the 4 timetabled days, different groups of pupils come to the Snug, on a regular basis. Our provision structure changes each year with the needs of the pupils we have referred as we try to accommodate as many pupils as we can.


How does nurture help?

The nurture group aims to boost confidence and self-esteem and provide children with extra skills and independence for example:

  • To engage
  • To listen
  • To share and take turns
  • To accept losing a game
  • Give opportunities to talk about and understand their feelings
  • To experience and practice the development of positive relationships


The Snug Classroom

Snug evolution

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How the Snug has evolved from Sept 2018 until April 2021. Moving from the old building into our lovely new school.

The Snug Parent Leaflet

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