Nettleworth Infant and Nursery School

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We want all the children at Nettleworth Infant and Nursery school to flourish, so we have introduced The Thrive Approach in order to support their emotional and social development.

The aim is to help our children feel happy and secure, able to enjoy friendships, relate well to others and be ready and able to learn.


The Thrive Approach Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self- assured, capable and adaptable. It can also address any troubled, or troubling, behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.



Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive.

We use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development. Repetition of these activities supports their development, helping them to:


• feel good about themselves and know that they matter

• increase their sense of security and trust

• increase their emotional well-being

• improve their capacity to be creative and curious

• increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn

• learn to recognise and regulate their feelings

• learn to think before behaving in a certain way

• ...and much more.



Why is Emotional wellbeing and resilience so important?

We all want our children to be happy and we all want them to have the best experiences in life. However, we all known life is full of bumps and turns and our children need strong resilience and understanding of their emotional needs to continue to thrive throughout their lives.

  • The importance of Mental Health and wellbeing has been highlighted in the news and social media in recent years – especially during the pandemic.

  • Children with little or no emotional regulation or resilience are unable to engage in learning thus not developing other important skills and knowledge.

  • Developing emotional wellbeing supports children to develop other skills in communication, sharing, turn taking, participation and patience as well as creating emotional awareness and empathy.


Our Thrive Practitioners



Mrs. Lee                                   Mrs. Coupe

                                             (Family Thrive Lead)



Are you interested in using a Thrive approach at home?



Register your interest by contacting the school office

FAO Mrs S. Coupe or Mrs S. Lee



Additional support can be found at Thrive online for parents and carers