We go the extra mile to help children flourish and aid them in developing their basic yet vital skills. We act as interim support during the wait period after referral to CAMHS and in turn reduce expenditure on current service.
We focus on enabling children and families to learn developmentally appropriate skills such as Communication, Play, Self-help, Behaviour, Interaction, Transitions, Social functioning, Attention and Emotional support. We believe that every behaviour is communication. We go above and beyond to find the roots of troubling behaviour and then support the whole family with behavioural strategies and interventions professionally tailored to the individual child.
Nurture Steps provides secondary tier targeted services, including
Our services have been shown to:
Probably the most asked question is ‘How Does it Work?’ We’ve put together this video to better explain our intake process!
This is a tricky one, because all of our work is child-centred and child specific. Some children will take to strategies straight away whilst others may need a trial and error of techniques to pick up what they need to, therefore the time it takes can vary. This can be challenging but we are with you every step of the way! Remember our Values and how they affect our work:
We work on the basis that every child gets 10, 1-1 Sessions, but if they need more that is no problem, we adapt as we go and are not stuck in a rigid framework like some other oragnisations!
Our core services are individual support, online community support and online short courses for parent self-help. All our services are voluntary. Families can opt-in and opt-out.
Individualised 1-1 intervention and support of Early Positive Behaviour Support
We have designed a referral system with structured assessment pathways. Once a family goes through the informal assessment, they can sign an agreement and go through developmental, functional & interest evaluation. Based on these, we will help parents see their child’s strengths, gaps and set the first and most important goals for the near future. We will compile a Positive Behaviour Intervention plan to guide you.
Families can then access three months of minimum 3hrs per week of support. This includes:
The aim is to help parents identify opportunities and encourage first sounds, words, new play skills, and new or positive behaviours.
After the first 3 months, families can continue reduced services for the next 3 months of 2 hours a week.
After these 6 months, the family can continue with our services with the number of hours that suits them (between 1 – 5hrs).
Online parent guidance: We have designed three sets of informative resources and courses for parents
Nobody likes talking about money, least of all a charity but sadly it is an inevitability that we may not ALWAYS have funded spaces. However, if we do not have funded spaces available we can point you in the right direction! Organisations like Cash4Kids can provide funding to families for support. We can guide you through this process, all you have to do is ask!
We have a set pricing structure for privately paying families. Please contact us to discuss it.
If you want to help a family, you can do so here
We’ve been meeting and speaking to so many families of older children aged 5-10 who are really struggling because they did not know their child can communicate or learn new skills so fast because nobody ever told them or showed them how to do it.
Whilst working with these families it became apparent there is insufficient access to services, long waiting times and sometimes a rigid framework that both families and professionals can become ensnared in. These factors and the costs that can be linked to support have a tendency to cause mental health struggles for children and parents alike.
Nurture Steps recognises the significant and often overwhelming challenges many families face in accessing timely, appropriate and supportive interventions for children with neurodevelopmental challenges.
Ultimately we want all children to have and achieve policy change within NHS Early Years & Education which would in turn support the systematic implementation of E-PBS.
Our services are focused on identifying and building on strengths within the family unit by providing them with practical, responsive strategies and skills to support them in managing their difficulties. Through developing a shared understanding of a child’s behaviour we encourage families to learn and respond appropriately using positive reinforcement and taking a thoughtful approach, which in turn reduces stress and increases resilience.