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Our Image of the Child

Nurture Nursery’s
‘Image of the Child’

Staff at Nurture Nursery created this list of valuable feelings, qualities and characteristics that we think best describe what we see when a child is happily involved in their play and learning effectively at Nurture Nursery - our ‘Image of the Child’.

These are our aims for your children when they come to spend time with us.        



Curiosity and delight!

Optimistic & resilient

Achieving & progressing


Becoming an effective communicator

Being the unique individual they are. 


Our choices for this list are explained in more detail below.

Please have a read.



Our experience tells us that until a child trusts and is comfortable with us and our setting, they cannot relax and begin to explore and learn.

Feeling secure is the first quality we want to foster in any child who comes to Nurture Nursery.


Curiosity and delight!


Children’s natural curiosity;

the definition of which is

a strong desire to know or learn something’,

leads to exploration, wondering, testing, questioning, so extending their abilities and knowledge.


Curiosity often leads to delight.

The delight of a two-year-old is something to behold;

a clear indication that a child is being rewarded solely by the sheer pleasure of a new discovery, experience or feeling.

This is the essence of learning

 through play.

Optimistic and resilient

Life is not about how fast you run or
 how high you climb 

                                                ...but about how well you bounce!


Each child has to believe they can achieve

something challenging, in order to be brave enough to try.


We think  being ‘optimistic’

(the definition of which is someone who takes a favourable view of events and hopes for a positive outcome in a situation) best describes this characteristic.



what allows children to cope when they do not achieve what they set out to do…

and what encourages them to persevere? 

 We believe it’s ‘resilience’

(to withstand or recover quickly from difficulty).


‘Optimism and resilience’

are interlinked, so we see them as a joint characteristic and something we sensitively encourage.


Achieving & progressing

A child being successful in what they set out to do; gaining skills and understanding, enables them to move on to the next level of learning.


Two essential qualities, achieving and progressing, are connected and one leads to the other.


Self-esteem is an essential

 ingredient in learning, as it makes a child feel worthy of the attention of others;

confident they will be liked; and that they are able.

Self-esteem protects

  emotionally, when things go wrong.

Becoming an effective communicator  

Children are communicators from birth – 

a necessity to stay alive and thrive.

 A child’s early experience of being with others is a really important step in becoming a more effective communicator.


Communication is not just about talking, but involves learning to manage their feelings, gaining basic social skills, making themselves understood and learning to understand others.


When children discover that others can be a

 great source of fun, new ideas and

experiences, their future learning

and life skills can be truly enhanced.

 ‘Two-year-olds’ need to come to this

stage naturally.


Being the unique individual they are!

In our setting we feel very strongly, and perhaps most importantly, that each child should be able to feel comfortable just being themselves.


They should feel accepted as they are and treated with respect for their individual characteristics,

quirks, schemas, sensitivities, and difficulties.

 Just appreciated

for being the unique person they are.