Evidence shows how cost effective nurture provisions are, but it doesn’t hurt to pinch those pennies to help you sustain your nurture provision and help it be the best it can be for your pupils. Our toolkits will provide you with a plethora of methods and advice you can tap into to raise funds from big companies, online initiatives, your local community and trust and foundations.

Before you start downloading kits, writing letters and completing forms, there are a few principles to bear in mind while fundraising for your nurture group. They are:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for money (or free resources). These initiatives exist for this exact reason. They want to help you, you just need to convince them that your reason is the most deserving.

  • Focus on the children. This isn’t about the school. There is no doubt that your school is an amazing place, but everything you do in the school is for the benefit of the children. Trusts and companies don’t want to know about what you are doing, they want to know about why you are doing it. If you focus on the children and how the money will transform the children in your care, your application is much more likely to be successful.

  • Have a plan. Make sure you know what it is you want to fund and how much it is going to cost. Instead of raising funds for your nurture group in general, raise funds for a new sofa or lamps and toys for a sensory space within your nurture group, and make sure you know exactly how much it is going to cost and how much of a difference it is going to make to the children’s education.

  • Be confident. No one is going to give you any money unless you can explain succinctly and confidently how you are changing the lives of the children in your school.

  • Don’t lose hope. You will be rejected more times than you will be successful. Resilience and determination makes all the difference!