Professional Learning, Universal Nurturing Approaches

Children and young people who have a good start in life have a whole host of advantages over those who don’t have such positive experiences at home. When nurture is present at home or in a home setting children tend to do better at school, attend regularly, enjoy activities with friends and are significantly less likely to offend or experience problems with poor physical or mental health.

Nurture groups offer an opportunity to learn the early nurturing experiences some children and young people miss out on or lack, giving them the skills to do well at school, make friends and deal more confidently and calmly with the trials and tribulations of life, for life.

This approach is currently in 15 of our highest SIMD primary schools across North Ayrshire and is funded through Scotland’s Attainment Challenge. Our secondary nurture approach is being developed with all our secondary schools.

Nurture is Central to Health and Wellbeing education in our schools; integral to the GIRFEC approach in building confidence and emotional resilience. Nurture plays a vital role in overcoming disadvantage in order that our young people are successful as effective contributors to society as learners, employees, parents and carers.


North Ayrshire’s Nurture approach is now live on the National Improvement Hub and can be accessed using the following link to the Education Scotland website.

We are proud to introduce our film ‘Nurturing North Ayrshire’. This film showcases our journey so far implementing Nurture and Restorative approaches across early years, primary and secondary.

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