Nurture Program

Nurture groups are an alternative approach to inclusive education and are designed to increase the access to learning for children who are often marginalised.  Nurture groups are designed to support children with social, emotional and behavioural problems in schools.


A nurture group at Chelsea Heights Primary School:

  • Is a small class;
  • Provides a safe and predictable structured environment;
  • Gives children opportunities to revisit early missed ‘nurturing’ experiences.

Nurture group staff model positive relationships and there is an emphasis on the development of language and communication skills and a focus on social, emotional and challenging behaviour.


As well as developing curriculum-based skills, students are encouraged to celebrate their own progress with acquiring skills such as listening, sharing and turn-taking that will reduce or remove barriers to learning thus enabling success back in the mainstream classroom.


The classic nurture group conforms with six basic principles, listed here.  These are all underpinned by the essential components of trust and relationships.

  1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally. 
  2. The classroom offers a safe base
  3. Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem
  4. Language is understood as a vital means of communication
  5. All behaviour is a communication
  6. Transitions are significant in the lives of children.