Information and Updates

This page provide updates in relation to developments within nurture. This page will be regularly updated so please scroll down to see all the information.


Staff Support and Development Workshops 2020

When: starting 21/08/20 (further dates below)        Where: Virtual via Microsoft Teams

Time: 3.30 – 4.45pm                                                               Who: All staff in EY/Primary and Secondary



To support staff returning to their establishments for the 2020/2021 session, the Educational Psychology Service and Stirling Inclusion Support Service intend to run a number of Support and Development Sessions. These sessions will provide an opportunity for staff to come together for themed discussions which will be structured around the nurture principles, but will be focused on providing practitioners practical support and opportunities to share practice and experiences.


Due to the current circumstances, these sessions will be delivered through Webinars.


We will be offering 6 sessions, each with a different theme, running from the first term in 2020/2021 session. The first 4 sessions offer planned themes. The last 2 sessions will be planned with participants so that these sessions can be responsive to current staff need and context they are working within. Views will be collected during the initial sessions using a mentimeter survey with the final two sessions planned to support the areas identified within this. The sessions will take place on the following dates from 3.30pm – 4.45pm via Microsoft Teams.

      • 19/08/20      Session 1: Increasing Felt Safety (Nurture Principle 2: Creating a Safe Base)
      • 26/08/20      Session 2: Regulating Behaviour and Stress (Nurture Principle 5: All Behaviour is Communication)
      • 02/09/20      Session 3: Supporting Wellbeing (Nurture Principle 3: Nurture is important for the development of    wellbeing
      • 09/09/20     Session 4: Getting Ready to Learn (Nurture Principle 1: Learning is Understood Developmentally)
      • 16/09/20     Session 5: Theme to be decided through staff survey
      • 23/09/20     Session 6: Theme to be decided through staff survey


We would encourage staff to attend each session but there is no requirement to do so. If you wish to attend, please complete the following booking form and send to


Booking Form:

More information

Aims of Sessions

Following the sessions staff will:

  • feel increased confidence in supporting the wellbeing and learning of children and young people during the recovery phase and transition back to school/nursery
  • have practical ideas of what to do or try within their classroom or within the playroom



  • These sessions are for staff working within establishments in Stirling, there is no requirement to have attended any previous nurture training.
  • The focus will be on supporting practice within the classroom and for opportunities to share resources, ideas and experiences.
  • There is no requirement to attend each session, if attending, please book a place on each session individually to ensure a space.
  • These sessions will run virtually via Microsoft Teams. Access to Microsoft Teams and an email address will be required.
  • Please note these sessions will have a maximum number of 25. The sessions will be recorded to be accessed as a webinar for colleagues unable to participate.


We would encourage staff to attend each session but there is no requirement to do so. If you wish to attend, please complete the following booking form and send to

For more information contact:

Deborah Lee – Educational Psychologist

Phone: 01786 237 818   |   Email:   |   


Nurture Ambassador Workshops 2020

When: starting 22/09/20 (further dates below)        Where: Virtual via Microsoft Teams

Time: 2 – 4.30pm                                   Who: Identified key staff in EY/Primary and Secondary

This year we are continuing to implement a Nurture Ambassadors model to ensure a consistent ethos and culture by providing a framework in relation to promoting children and young people’s wellbeing, resilience, attainment and achievement.  The aim of this framework is to promote readiness, ownership and commitment of our establishments and also develop robust evaluation and sustainability. Once identified by the establishment Senior Management Team, the Ambassadors (two staff members) will take on a lead role to coordinate the implementation of nurture within their establishment. To do so they will attend the Nurture Ambassador Workshops to build on their knowledge of child development, attachment and nurture but also to support them to plan the implementation in their establishment. This role will require time and commitment to ensure the tasks can be completed appropriately.

For more Information visit our Nurture Ambassadors page here


We are currently registering Ambassadors for our next block of  Workshops taking place on the following dates from 2pm – 4.30pm via Microsoft Teams:

22/09/20      Session 1: Introduction to Group and Implementation

06/10/20      Session 2: Implementation, Nurture Principles and Discussion

03/11/20      Session 3: Nurture Principles and Discussion

24/11/20     Session 4: Feedback and Planning

For more Information and to register visit our Nurture Ambassadors page here

E-Module: The Importance of the Nurture Principles During Transition

We are pleased to share our new e-learning module exploring the importance of applying the nurture principles during points of transition. It is an interactive learning experience that is made up of three main content areas and finishes with a questionnaire. It should take no longer than 60 minutes. The three key areas are:

        • The Impact of Transition
        • How to Support Children and Young People During Transition
        • How to Look After Ourselves During Transition (staff wellbeing)

Due to the current context, this e-module has been adapted for all staff to provide information and ideas of how applying the nurture principles can support transition, particularly following extended absence.

The e-module is located here on our e-learning page within this blog, however, it is password protected. To access this please contact your link Educational Psychologist or email us here :

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Nurturing Approaches Update

June 2019

Please find our brief update on supporting the development of whole school nurturing approaches within Stirling!


Nurturing Approaches in Stirling

There are three emerging themes outlined in Stirling’s Children’s Service Plan (2017-2020):

  •  Improving children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
  •  Improving life outcomes for looked after children and young people
  •  Tackling the impact of low income on children and young people’s participation and achievement

Stirling Educational Psychology Service has developed an authority wide strategy for nurturing approaches, which contribute to these themes by providing a framework for  promoting children and young people’s wellbeing, resilience, attainment and achievement. The strategy is for:

  •  Stirling’s children and young people and their families
  • Staff within Stirling’s educational establishments
  • Staff within the wider Children’s Services, for example, social workers and staff in our local residential unit

In response to the national priorities of raising attainment and closing the poverty related attainment gap, Stirling Council’s strategy for whole school nurturing approaches has at its core a universal approach to promoting inclusive practice in all early years settings and primary and secondary schools leading to improved positive behaviours and positive relationships.

The strategy provides guidance to staff within Children’s Service on what is meant by nurturing approaches, how best to implement nurturing approaches and how to effectively evaluate the impact of these approaches on children and young people.There has been an increased focus on developing whole school nurturing approaches across Scottish authorities with the aim of supporting a wider range of children and young people and in sharing universal values and a common understanding of the nurture principles.

Our definition of nurturing approaches is based on Education Scotland’s national definition:

A nurturing approach recognises that positive relationships are central to both learning & wellbeing. A key aspect of a nurturing approach is an understanding of attachment theory and how a child’s early experiences can have a significant impact on their development. It recognises that ALL school staff (and partners) have a role to play in establishing the positive relationships that are required to promote healthy social and emotional development and that these relationships should be reliable, predictable and consistent where possible. A nurturing approach has a key focus on the school environment and incorporates attunement, warmth and connection alongside structure, high expectations and a focus on achievement and attainment.

and is based on the understanding of the 6 nurturing principles:

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  • Environment offers a safe base
  • Nurture is important for the development of wellbeing
  • Language is a vital means of communication
  • All behaviour is communication
  • Transitions are significant in the lives of children and young people