We are very proud at Lawn to have a Nurture Team.  The team work closely together to provide nuture support for both pupils and parents.  The aim is to remove barriers to learning enabling pupils to be happy and have a sense of emotional and social wellbeing building on good self esteem. We liaise closely with the school's Senior Leadership Team and the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).


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Hi my name is Emma Maclennan and I am the early years family support worker.  I have worked with early year’s children and their families for over 20 years, so hope I will be able to share some of my experience and knowledge with you.

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Hi my name is Sabi Sanghera and I am the Family Support Worker for the primary school.  I work closely with Emma and the Nurture team to help support you and your child.  I have worked for a number of years within educational establishments in Swindon.


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 Mrs Stinson & Mrs Saunders - Positive Behaviour Specialists


Nurture Sessions




Our Nurture Groups assess social, emotional and behavioural needs and then provide whatever support is required to remove the barriers to learning.  Children attend Nurture Groups for one session each week, the length of sessions range from 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the child’s needs.  We provide bespoke support for pupils meeting their individual needs. This support is delivered in small groups or on a one to one basis. We support with the following areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional development;
  • Social skills; sharing, taking turns, being with others.
  • Resilience skills.
  • Overcoming anxiety, withdrawal and shyness.
  • Circle of friends; a friendship group to support making and maintaining friends.
  • Playground support to encourage positive playtimes.
  • In - class support to avoid disruption towards others and to respond to any outbursts of anger, Includes the use of Restorative Justice.
  • Therapeutic Art and therapeutic play sessions - tool for talking.
  • Tranquillity and mindfulness.
  • Young Carers; support and in house activities, links with Swindon Young Carers.
  • Response to worry box slips from pupils.
  • Bereavement support – including family illness and family break ups.
  • Parenting skills.
  • Courses and Programmes for Parents.
  • Coffee mornings/activities for Parents.

How will nurture help my child?

  • To them to and have an awareness of themselves and others.
  • To provide coping strategies to support them to become an independent person.
  • Enable them to have a voice to empower them to be heard and understood.
  • To have some TLC/quiet time.

What do we do in nurture sessions?

Our approach is to use therapeutic play, therapeutic arts and crafts, group discussions; mediation stories with morals and values to develop skills and empower children to achieve.

The Nurture Team have a wealth of experience and training in nurture interventions, supporting families, providing information and signposting to other agencies.

Nurture Room3                          Our Nurture Room



For additional information about supporting children’s mental health, please see the following websites:

If you would like further information, have any questions, need any advice or simply want to chat, feel free to contact us on:

E-mail addresses:                                                          

Click here  to download our Nurture leaflet.

Click here  to download our Family Support leaflet.

The Nurture Team have years of experience and are trained in delivering nurture programmes, supporting families, providing information and signposting to different agencies.

If you would like further information, have any questions, need any advice or simply want to chat, feel free to contact us on:

01793 522626

e-mail addresses:


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Young Carers at Lawn  

Guided by Swindon Young Carers Centre  

At Lawn Primary and Nursrey School we believe that all children and young people have the right to an education, regardless of their home circumstances. We acknowledge that there are likely to be Young Carers among our pupils, and that being a young carer can have an adverse effect on a young person’s education. We have adopted our Young Carers policy so that we will be able to relieve some of the worries which Young Carers may have about home and their school work, and show that we believe Young Carers’ education is important.


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Who are Young Carers? 

Young Carers are children and young people whose lives are affected by looking after someone at home.  They are carrying out tasks and responsibilities which are additional to those appropriate for their age. The person they look after may have one or more of the following:

  • Physical disability
  • Mental health issues
  • Learning difficulties
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • Long-term illness

The person they care for may be a parent, sibling, or grandparent and the care they give may be physical and/or emotional. 

Young Carers can feel tired, worried and isolated. Their social life is often restricted with few opportunities for fun and after school activities.

We care, but do you know why?

Take two minutes of your life to read this..

Do you know that all around you there are people,Young Carers, who care for their families day in day out. We care for our families for a reason and that is because someone in our family has a condition or disability that prevents them from doing daily chores that a normal person can do. So a young carer is a person who cares for a member of their family who can't care for themselves. Please note that young carers can be from the range of 5-18 but even when they reach 18  they are still carers if their family needs them to be.

Put yourself in our shoes, would you be able to...

  • Be responsible for a family member's medication?
  • Be responsible for their personal care, getting dressed, cooking meals, and washing
  • Be responsible for First Aid care, bandaging, putting them in a wheelchair, ringing emergency services, being able to give emergency care such as injecting if needed
  • Be able to keep them calm and entertained

(Written by a Swindon Young Carer, provided by Swindon Carers Centre,Swindon Advice and Support Centre, Sanford Street, Swindon.)

 At Lawn Primary and Nursery School we try to ensure that our Young Carer policy is implemented in conjunction with the following points:

  • The school will provide support Young Carers by providing a named member of staff with lead responsibility.
  • We will include issues around disability, mental ill health and Young Carers in PSHE and Citizenship lessons.
  • We will try to avoid stigmatisation or labelling of pupils who are carers and provide guidance on preventing bullying.
  • We will ensure parents can access school for open evenings, etc and if this is not possible, consider how links can be made with home.
  • We will have an agreed confidentiality policy, which includes statements on child protection.
  • We will include thinking about sensitivities and differences around cultural needs, including refugees.
  • We will consider how information on pupils’ pastoral needs can be effectively passed between primary and secondary school or across other phases.
  • We will provide specific staff training. 
  • We will include mechanisms for effective inter-agency work to support Young Carers (including child protection procedures if required).
  • We will include mechanisms to consult with Young Carers and their parents about content of policies and delivery of support.
  • We will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the policy and support (in addition to meeting OFSTED requirements).

Lawn would like to thank Swindon Young Carers Centre for their support and guidance in implementing our policy and improving our practice. 

To view their website click on the following link or to view the school's Young Carers Policy click here