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Fir Room at Southmead

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Southmead Primary School values people and respects them as unique individuals; encouraging and supporting their personal development, learning, achievements and aspirations.


Our Nurture room is a bridge between home and school where we address children’s specific requirements to ensure we meet their individual, emotional needs. Our Nurture Room, which is called Fir Room, is a warm and welcoming place where staff, children, parents and carers can be supported as required.


Children are able to access the Nurture Room at break times and lunchtimes if they feel the need to.  Our Nurture Room aims to provide a comforting and welcoming ethos in order to give a consistent, predictable and safe place for the children and young people.

Aims of the Nurture Room

1. To support children with their individual learning and emotional needs so that they can access their learning and achieve their full potential.

2. To provide small group and 1:1 interventions which match the needs of the children.

3. To foster a welcoming and caring environment, encouraging positive social interaction.

4. To Acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the individual child, maintain the high expectations required of them and support them in their aspirations.

5. To build on the ethos of the school, building high expectations and aspirations for all pupils.

Our Fir Room works based on the six Nurture Group principles:

1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally

2. The classroom offers a safe base

3. Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem

4. Language is understood as a vital means of communication

5. All behaviour is communication

  6. Transitions are significant in the lives of children.

Which children attend Nurture groups in Fir Room?

Children may attend sessions with our school ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) for specific reasons, for example:

•Friendship difficulties – keeping/making friends

•Quiet, shy, withdrawn

•Find it hard to listen to others or join in

•Disruptive towards others

•Find it hard to accept losing a game

•Find it hard to share and take turns

•Find it a bit difficult to settle into class


•Low self esteem

•Poor relationships with adults in school


•Family illness or break-up

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How will Nurture Group/ Fir Room help my child?


Nurture Groups will boost confidence and self-esteem and provide children with the extra help that is sometimes needed to improve social skills and independence, for example:

-To join in, to settle and listen.        

-To concentrate

-To share and take turns

-To accept losing a game

-To build up friendships with their classmates

-It gives them a chance and helps to encourage a more positive profile among their peers and members of staff.


Useful Links for families


-The Nurture Group Network-


-National Children's Bureau-Promotes the interests and well-being of all children

-Parentline Plus-

-Young Minds- (The children's mental health charity)

-Family Action- (Emotional health and well being services)


Links to relaxation activities for children

Peace Out guided relaxation for kids – YouTube

Cosmic Kids Yoga - YouTube

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