The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups

Course details

Duration: 3 full days
Time: 9:00-16:00 (unless stated otherwise)
Fee: £599 per person (excl. VAT)
Format: online via Zoom
Group size: maximum 12




Course overview

'The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups' training course is credit rated by the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF.) It is a 3-day course, which is divided into two parts (see below) and is delivered via  mix of Zoom sessions and learning platform activities.

Part 1: 2 consecutive days
Part 2: 1 day (4 - 6 weeks later)

Each delegate will receive the relevant resources:

What will I learn?

This programme focuses on the theory of nurture, and its significance and implications for good practice. Key topics include: 

The theoretical framework underpinning nurture groups and nurturing approaches

Nurture Principles

  • The relevance of early childhood experiences on the learning, development, and wellbeing of children and young people.
  • How attachment theory and neuroscience underpin the Six Principles of Nurture and nurture practice.

The Boxall Profile®

  • The theoretical basis for The Boxall Profile®.
  • How to undertake a Boxall Profile® Assessment and interpret its findings to plan a response to pupils’ needs.
Assessment and certificates

After three days of training, you will be encouraged to complete an assignment which must be submitted within 12 months of completing the training. 

If you achieve a pass grade for your assignment, you will gain 13 SCQF points at Level 8.

The assignment structure:

Part 1 - Child Study (2,000 words);

Part 2 - Reflection on Professional Practice (2,000 words);

Part 3 – Portfolio (An appendix of relevant documents) 

Delegates are provided with assignment guidance and framework.


This is a training programme for anyone who wants to establish a Nurture group, or for practitioners who work with children with behavioural, emotional and/or social and developmental needs. It is also useful for educators who are looking to instil a ‘nurturing’ ethos within an educational setting.

The course is credit rated by the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF); delegates who complete the training and pass the final assignment will gain 13 SCQF Level 8.

What delegates say

Course delegate

The pace was excellent. There was a good balance of knowledge, theory and practical examples.

Course delegate

I found it very informative and [the] content very thoroughly covered at an appropriate pace. Our trainer was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions, as well as allowing for group discussion. It has really motivated me, and I feel much more ready to take on my new role as a nurture teacher.