London Borough of Croydon

Using nurture approaches to support children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

What is nurture?

“The concept of nurture highlights the importance of social environments – who you’re with, and not who you’re born to – and its significant influence on social emotional skills, wellbeing and behaviour. Children and young people who have a good start in life are shown to have significant advantages over those who have experienced missing or distorted early attachments. They tend to do better at school, attend regularly, form more meaningful friendships and are significantly less likely to offend or experience physical or mental health problems.

The nurturing approach offers a range of opportunities for children and young people to engage with missing early nurturing experiences, giving them the social and emotional skills to do well at school and with peers, develop their resilience and their capacity to deal more confidently with the trials and tribulations of life, for life"

(Definition from Nurture UK)

Croydon Nurture Support and Guidance

Croydon actively promote the use of nurture approaches and nurture groups to support vulnerable children.

There is a pack to give information about nurture approaches and how as well as local training and forums:

Certified 3 day training course: Theory and Practice of Nurture

Nurture Forums: Termly network meetings for all schools who are currently running nurture provision to meet the needs of vulnerable pupils, and for schools who would like to find out more about nurture and using a nurturing approach.

Spring 2019: Nurture Forum

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