Polar Bear – Nurture Room

Nurture Groups takes place in the Polar Bear Room. The Nurture room is designed to be a bridge between home and school/nursery; a place where children can feel safe and secure and therefore develop their individual needs further. The Polar Bear room has a table for drinking water, a seating area to read books and be calm with a bubble fish light and tables to play games and work collaboratively. Music, singing and instruments are also a strong feature in the room. It gives children the chance to be good role models and learn from each other.

 What is the purpose of Nurture Group?

The Nurture Group is part of the school’s Inclusion and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) provision. Its purpose is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development. There is much research evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well-being, good self-esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. The Nurture Room provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience. The Nurture Room is also a place of learning.

The Nurture Group Principles:

  • Children’s learning is understood  developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • All behaviour is communication
  • The importance of transition in children’s lives
  • Provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities
  • Builds a child’s self-esteem and confidence
  • Builds skills for classroom learning
  • Has daily crafts, games and a rocking horse!
  • Language is a vital means of communication

Which children attend the Nurture Group?

Children may attend sessions in the Nurture Group 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  • Quiet, shy, withdrawn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
  • Bullying
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor relationships with adults in school
  • Bereavement
  • Family illness or break-up

How will Nurture Group help my child?  

Nurture Group will boost confidence and self-esteem and provide children with the extra help sometimes needed to improve social skills and independence for example:
-To join in

-To settle

-To 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.

Does this mean my child is naughty? 

No, these sessions are meant to help them manage situations and increase their skills to become more successful learners.

How long will my child be in Nurture Group for?                                                                                        

We will review the children attending the groups termly. However we ensure that the children do not miss special assemblies, guests in school, outings or anything else that may be different from the normal routine of the week.

Are parents/carers involved?      

We like to consider our door is always open and therefore welcome parent/carers to visit and join an after school games club and regular coffee mornings.

 What happens in a Nurture Group?

Children follow a structure and routine that is clear to both staff and children which includes group listening and speaking, work tasks, individual and shared play and social skills. The group runs on consistency, positive reinforcement and praise.

A typical session in the Polar Bear Room would revolve around a theme for the session. All pupils would understand what they were going to learn and improve on during that session. Children have the opportunity to share good news, explore thoughts and feelings and work collaboratively on a practical task. Children work with new peers regularly, encouraging cooperation and confidence. Within the sessions, opportunities are tailored to the needs of the particular group and age range. Children learn to share and talk together with peers and adults.

The Polar Bear Room is at the heart of the pastoral care at Springfield Infant School. It is used daily by children during the day and at lunchtimes, where they can learn and play together. It is also key in managing tricky transition times for the children.

The Nurture Group Network


Meet the ‘Inclusion Team’ coffee mornings. 

The Inclusion Team hold regular coffee mornings that are open to parents. It is a fantastic opportunity for parents to meet the Inclusion team and other parents, but also a great chance to check out the wonderful resources the Polar Bears room has to offer, while enjoying some tea and cake!

In Polar Bears’ room there is a Parents’ notice board with lots of information and leaflets for you to take. Please check this board and the classroom door regularly for any new information.

Miss Collins & Inclusion Team


 Thank you to Mrs Gourlay and Lacey for donating ‘The Worry Plaque’ to the Polar Bears Nurture Room

The worry plaque encourages children to express themselves freely, allowing the fairies to take their worries away forever. We know the children will really enjoy using this.


Through the use of the nurture room the children are encouraged to think about their emotions and use a peg system to help them self-regulate and think about how they are feeling. 



Please check the Parent’s’ Information board in Polar Bears.

Parent Feedback 

“Having Polar Bear room available has made school life for lunch so much better, he has a place to come to make him feel calm, quiet and safe for him. Polar Bears has been the best part of school since coming back.”

 Mrs Spicer 

  “A fantastic environment with so many areas to either calm or stimulate. Ideal for a sensory seeker.”

Mrs Van Tromp