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Owlets - Emotional Wellbeing and Nurture Base
What is Owlets?
Owlets is our Emotional Wellbeing and Nurture Base at Barnes Farm Infant School. It is a provision to help children who may need help with their emotional growth, focusing on offering broad-based experiences in an environment that promotes security, routines, clear boundaries and carefully planned, repetitive learning opportunities.
Support can be given for a wide range of reasons, for example, helping children to adapt to the routines of school and thinking the ways that we learn, making friends and dealing with difficult times at home such as a bereavement or family breakdown.
The Owlets main aims…
To nurture happy, positive and resilient children.
To support the development of self-esteem.
To use structured play and role play to teach social skills such as turn-taking, sharing, cooperating and appreciating the feelings of others.
To develop language for communication.
How it works…
Parents and teachers who feel that a child will benefit from the Owlets support will meet with Mrs Robinson to discuss the child’s needs and which approach will be best for them.
They will then either attend Owlets sessions daily or weekly as part of a small group.Activities to support them will be carefully planned and their progress will be reviewed on a weekly basis.Depending on progress, children may attend for just a few weeks or if necessary, sessions can be planned as a longer term provision.
What types of learning will happen in Owlets?
Owlets will take place during the afternoon of the school day so that children will not miss the core subjects which are taught in the morning.Activities will be linked to the learning that happens in the classroom.Children will learn through holistic activities such as cooking, gardening and creative activities. The skills they learn will then be transferred back into the classroom.