Nurture placements are for KS1 and KS2 pupils. Our nurture group offer 16 part time placements for children who are finding it difficult to access and manage their mainstream school. Student attend 4 sessions a week, where they are supported to learn to work with staff and peers, take and manage safe risks, explore their feelings and learn to recognise and manage uncomfortable feelings rather than act them out  and project their feelings onto others. 
Session times. 

KS1: 9.00- 11.30 Monday - Thursday
KS2: 12.30- 2.15 Monday - Thursday

The Nurture Provision Follow the Six Principles of Nurture:

  1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  2. The classroom offers a safe base
  3. The importance of  nurture for the development of well-being
  4. Language is a vital means of communication
  5. All behaviour is communication
  6. The importance of transition is children’s lives

Summary of the Provision 

The Nurture Provision provides a safe and nurturing environment for students who are displaying attachment related issues. The centre provides a 12 week intense support package, for the family, school and student. 

Students are taught in an environment with a high adult: student ratio, with up to nine students and three adults. Activities and Resources are available that will enhance children’s learning including literacy and numeracy skills. The ethos and environment is therapeutic to enhance children’s developmental, cognitive, social and emotional skills. 

The Nurture Provision recognises that all children are at different stages and differentiate the learning to meet the needs of individuals. The curriculum is modified to enable children to engage and achieve at their appropriate developmental level. Through small group work and highly differentiated activities children are supported to develop a resilience and independence to both academic and social situations. Students Literacy and numeracy skills are developed in small group or 1:1 situations to overcome barriers.

Students’ progress is tracked using the government approved bands and steps accordingly, which reflect individual student’s achievements. Social and Emotional development is recorded using the Boxall Profile and the PLT development tool ‘Sleuth’. 

Students maintain their contact with their mainstream provider by attending there one day each week with some support from an Outreach worker from the Nurture Provision. Staff from the Nurture Provision also provide written feedback each week regarding the child’s progress. Staff including learning mentors, LSA’s and class teachers are encouraged to visit their pupil at the Nurture Provision to enhance the link between both settings. 

Individual Support Plan targets and outcomes are agreed with the mainstream school, prior to a student starting at the Harbour. Parents are encouraged to visit before the child starts and targets are discussed then. Parents are also encouraged to visit the centre, so their child has the opportunity to share their progress and successes.   

Any referral to the Nurture Provision should be made will full parental consent using the appropriate referral forms and returned to either Tracy Wilson on or Katie Blight on

Nurture Provision Staff 

Miss Katie BlightNurture Provision Manager and Teacher. Accredited Nurture Practitioner
Mrs London – Learning Support Assistant - Level 2 EYFS and Forest Schools level 2 Outcomes


Key indicators for the Nurture Provision include:

  • Improvement in School Attendance
  • Students successful return to full time mainstream education
  • Successful transition to another specialist provision
  • Reduction in exclusions both fixed and permanent  

The staff at the Nurture Provision track pupils who have attended and have successfully completed their transition back into full time mainstream education at their home school. Ongoing Outreach support is offered to students when they return to mainstream.

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