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Donegall Road Primary School, Belfast

The Nurture Den

The Nurture Den is a classroom within the school that allows children to develop their social and emotional skills and therefore encourages independence and resilience. It is a safe place in school where each child can learn, develop and grow based on their individual needs. The Den offers a warm and structured environment, where each child is encouraged to build their confidence and learn positive behaviours.

The room is set up with four different sections— kitchen and dining area, living area, play area and seated learning area. There are consistent routines in place so the groups of children know what to expect every time they come into the Den. 

The focus for the nurturing practice is on Primary 2 children but small groups or individuals from the P3 - P7 classes also visit the Den. In these groups support is provided for a variety of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties including anxiety, low self-esteem, and emotional regulation.

Through a whole school nurturing approach, we aim to support every child's mental health and emotional development.




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The Nurture Den