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The Nest

Nurturing Emotional Security Together (NEST) is part of the Surrey Cluster of Nurture Groups. It is a small, early-intervention group for a maximum of 7 children. Completed and opened in 2012, the NEST offers a unique, specialist provision for children in the Epsom Downs area.

Aims:

  • To give children the support they need at the earliest possible age, to prevent learning problems later at school.
  • To help children to behave appropriately, use their curiosity constructively, improve their self-esteem and develop confidence through close and trusting relationships with adults.
  • To provide on-going assessment and support for children showing signs of emotional stress and/or behavioural difficulties in order to enable them to access the curriculum and participate fully in school life.
  • To work in partnership with class teachers and parents to enable consistency of approach, both at home and at school.

The NEST provides  stable and predictable structure. Each morning the same routine is followed to ensure children know what they should be doing and what is coming next. The majority of the session is learning through play, with a strong social focus. The children undertake activities that provide a broad and balanced curriculum that will meet their individual needs.

                

 Working in partnership

NEST Staff

Ms Antonia Farino Specialist teacher
Mrs Hayley Wyld Assistant
Stanley Therapy Dog


In the NEST we have a dog as part of our team - Stanley is a black and tan crossbreed who belongs to Ms Farino. Stanley currently works as a volunteer Pets as Therapy dog and is very gentle with a friendly and calm nature. We teach the children how to be safe around dogs and how to safely interact with Stanley which we believe will be beneficial to the children both in and out of school.

The main aim of having Stanley in the NEST is to help teach children about respect and responsibility towards animals, to increase literacy skills (he loves listening to children read) and to help develop social skills and raise self-esteem.  We would also like our children to benefit from the known calming effect of patting and interaction with a docile dog. 

Parents

The NEST staff strive to form good working relationships with parents by adopting an open and non-judgemental approach. Parents are regularly invited to visit the NEST to see the strategies used with their child to promote positive behaviours and good self-esteem. Messages are sent home from the NEST each week in the 'home contact book', and parents are invited to write messages or comments in return.

Schools

Regular visits from the child's class teacher are encouraged so that they can see the benefits of the support first-hand. Regular communication is essential between the child's teacher, teaching assistant, and the head teacher and SENCO of their school. This takes place in the form of email, telephone calls, use of the child's 'home contact book' and face-to-face meetings.

Reintegration

Children will typically stay in the group for between two and four terms.

Boxall profiles are used and need to be regularly updated to help assess the progress that the child is making both in the NEST and at school. Reintegration is a tailored process that will aim to meet the needs of the individual child. It requires close liaison and monitoring from all professionals involved, and of course the child's parents.

Once is has been agreed that the child will return to class full-time, a plan will be implemented to ensure that reintegration is successful.

Application

We welcome applications for children aged 4 -7 years from local primary schools. As children return to their own school for the afternoon session, applicant schools must be within reasonable travelling distance.

For more information, please contact:

mailto:info@epsomdowns.surrey.sch.uk or call 01737 354313

  The Nest Leaflet

 The Six Principles of Nurture

 Boxall Quality Mark Award