How to set up a School Nurture Room

Every school should have a safe space to use for nurture groups, otherwise known as a nurture room. This is a space in which children can escape to learn with their peers, to have that much needed time out from the classroom or to enjoy learning activities outside of the normal classroom environment. Here we explain what a nurture room is, how to set one up and the resources that are needed for a nurture room in schools.

What is a nurture room?

Nurture groups are small groups of children that, while they are still a part of the active class, spend time within a separate environment to develop their learning, social and emotional needs. As the name suggests, a nurture room is there to provide a safe, predictable and structured space to further the child with their emotional and social development. It is important that schools address these needs in both the mainstream and special educational needs environments.

How do you set up a nurture room?

You will need a free room dedicated to this sole purpose. When setting it up you need to keep in mind that the space will be used for children to unwind, chat with peers and interact with learning resources. This means that there are some essential items that every nurture room needs.

Whilst not an exclusive list, below are resources that are useful in a nurture room to help students to relax and feel comfortable, thus encouraging emotional and social development.

A relaxing corner

Every nurture room needs a corner in which a child can simply relax, read or listen to music.

A reflection corner for children.

The spring babbling brook reflection corner comes with a reflective wall mirror and four cushions that help to create a cosy and calming space. Not only will the wall mirror help to amplify the scene, but it also encourages social development and recognition in small children.

Cushions

Egg shaped soft cushions.

Cushions are a vital part of the nurture room. We would recommend choosing large egg shaped cushions that can be used in a den for imaginative play and add scatter cushions depicting different cultures or places to help children learn about the world.

Pouffes

Log shaped seating pouffes.

By adding pouffes to the room, you can encourage children to use them either to sit, read or to chat with their peers. When you want to create an informal seating area, use mini pouffes to help set a stimulating scene.

Bean bag chairs

A child's bean bag decorated with a leaf motif.

Bean bag chairs, such as our leaf bean bag chairs, are made for relaxation and are ideal in the reading corner of the nurture room. With a wide variety of patterns and colours available, they are super comfortable and provide excellent back support.

Tufty Rugs

Every nurture room needs tufty rugs. These come in a range of colours, sizes, shapes and patterns, so that you can fully customise your room while encouraging imaginative play.

Not only are they washable, but their anti-slip backing makes it a perfect base to build on. You can also opt for educational circular rugs that depict the months of the year.

Tables and chairs

Children reading at a wooden table.

You will need a table and chairs for when children need to write or draw. A table can also be used for when you want children to sit and have a snack. We stock tables and chairs in a range of heights and shapes so you can find the perfect accompaniment to the room, whatever their age.

Here at Millwood Education, we have a range of resources, including furniture and accessories that are ideal for use in your school's nurture room. To learn more about how we can help, take a look at our full product range or contact us today!

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