At Curledge Street we believe that all children should be able to learn, and be successful, in a safe and happy environment. ‘The Nest’ was set up in September 2011 to provide an alternative learning space for some children who find aspects of learning in their mainstream class challenging. The Nest, situated on the second floor of our new building, is a warm, homely and nurturing environment focusing on the development of social and emotional skills and where children can access learning at a developmentally appropriate level. It is run by a full-time Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Mrs Gebhard and Teaching Assistant, Mrs Watt who model positive relationships and communication skills. Children in ‘The Nest’ benefit from individual and small group support in a safe and predictable structured environment.
Children attend The Nest for some afternoon sessions. For the rest of the school week, they remain active members of their mainstream class.
The sessions in The Nest are carefully structured, incorporating routines and experiences to support and encourage social and emotional development as well as times for free and directed learning. Most importantly, adults engage with children, and deliver a curriculum, at developmentally appropriate level for each child. This is planned and monitored in partnership with their class teacher.
A highlight of every afternoon is snack tim e, when everyone sits around the table sharing food and conversation.
Who is The Nest for?
At Curledge Street Academy we recognise that not all children are able to cope with the demands of their mainstream class. For some, or sometimes many reasons, these children have missed out on some part of their early development and are not ready to learn.
These children may:
- lack confidence in making and sustaining friendships and in relating to adults
- struggle with skills such as listening, sharing and turn-taking
- find a large, busy classroom too stressful
- not be making progress in their learning
- display inappropriate behaviours that are obstacles to their learning, and the learning of those artound them
- be withdrawn and unhappy
The Nest provides children with a variety of excperiences and opportunities to address their individual needs, within a climate of care and trust.