At Blundeston, we recognise that sometimes life can be hard for our families and things can go wrong. We want to support our children and families as much as we can, either short-term when a crisis happens, or for a longer period of time.
We are very lucky to have our own nurture and pastoral support in school. Our Nurture and Pastoral Support Lead is Susan Robson and she is in school full-time.
Mrs. Robson has a wide ranging experience of supporting children and families, including therapeutic play therapy, trauma and attachment support and delivering parenting programmes.
Mrs. Robson leads the nurture group each morning in our specially designed Rainbow Room. The children in this group have been identified by the school as needing additional support for their social and emotional development and mental wellbeing. The group provides a safe base in which the children can do their learning.
The Rainbow Room is underpinned by the six principles of nurture:-
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
This intervention lasts for two to four terms, with the aim being that each child is then able to return to their classroom full-time. In the Rainbow Room, there are clear boundaries, routines, rewards and expectations, with respectful relationships modelled by the adults in the room. In the afternoon, children return to their classrooms to be with their friends. The children join in with playtime and lunchtime as usual.
Mrs. Robson offers a drop-in service for children and parents in the afternoons. She offers a range of services, including listening appointments, advice and guidance with parenting related issues, signposting and referrals for additional support and specialist therapeutic attachment work.
Parents are able to contact Mrs. Robson directly by telephoning the school phone number and selecting option 5.
For further information, please see our Nurture and Pastoral Support Leaflets under our Safeguarding and Child Protection section (this can be found under "About Us/Key Information").