Behaviour and Nurture

Nurture means to care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing. This is a fundamental part to our work here at Charlestown. We genuinely prioritise the care of all children in our care. Our Safeguarding systems are tight and our approach to managing behaviour is a restoritive one meaning that children learn to develop deep empathy from incidents that occur and importantly learn from their mistakes so that these are not repeated. Children at Charlestown feel safe and listened to (pupil voice 2021) and our calm appproach to dealing with incidents means that deep learning takes place every time. 

Children 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.

At Charlestown, staff are trained to understand and focus on the Six Principles of Nurture:

The Six Principles Of Nurture

1.       Children's learning is understood developmentally

2.       The classroom offers a safe base

3.       The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing

4.       Language is a vital means of communication

5.       All behaviour is communication

6.       The importance of transition in children's lives

The six principles of nurture were developed by educational professionals Eva Holmes and Eve Boyd (1999).


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