What is The Nest?
The Nest is where our learning mentor is based in school as a dedicate base for delivering tailored interventions but also a place open to all children during their time at Rickley Park School when they need a safe space, feel “out of sorts” or want to share great news and pieces of class work.
What happens at The Nest?
On arriving, children are encouraged to share how they are feeling on the feelings board via pictures, emoji finger puppets or words. This communication is led by the child but further facilitated by the adult in the room.
… once checked in on the emotions board children can sit quietly on the sofa, read, colour or choose to talk before returning to class calmly to begin their school day.
What if an adult isn’t available?
Children can leave a message for the adult to find and return to class so they can engage in their learning. The child has taken a great first step in identifying their need to talk and trust someone will come to check in with them back in class.
Teacher referred groups are aimed at helping a wide range of social and emotional needs such as (list)
- Connect with other people
- Be physically active
- Learn new skills
- Give to others
- Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
For further information please visit the NHS website