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#931 Establishing a nurture space – The DEN at Trimley St Martin Primary School

Christine Rowe

What did we do?

Investigation took place into purchasing a summer house of a reasonable size which would become the nurture room. A suitable location within the school grounds was found then completion of the landlord consent form was submitted to the County Council. Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of our control this process took a longer period of time than it normally would. Whilst we were waiting for consent we looked into other ways of making a nurture room other than a summer house/shed and came upon the idea of a portable cabin. Enquires were made regarding the cost of the unit and cost to fit an electric supply, and it was agreed that this would be a better way forward as it would give more space.

“It’s comfy. We have worry worms, we can also have music.

A child in year 5.

Summary of impact

A place to call our own is amazing! As quoted by one of the children who attends one of the ‘Friends’ Groups. The children feel more relaxed and take pride in the environment. They are more open as they are aware that their friends can’t hear them. The new portable cabin has been named ‘The DEN’ which stands for ‘Developing, Educating, Nurturing’ which is what the air of Friends Group is to do. The DEN has made such a difference to the children who need that little extra nurturing support. The school are going to continue to fund the DEN so it can become a long term provision. As a new abode the children can take and have ownership to make it their own, reinforcing their well-being, confidence and belonging.

Steps taken

  • Sourcing a summer house – various online stores such as B&Q, Summerhouse 24, Shedstore.
  • Application to Suffolk County Council with Landlords consent paperwork completed.
  • Sourcing of portacabin Portable space limited Application accepted for placement of building after four months.
  • Portable cabin ordered and delivered within two months.
  • Furniture sourced, Vertas contacted regarding installing electrics to portable cabin and quote given.
  • Electrics installed and then portable cabin was put immediately to use.

What would we do differently

Chase the business manager to ensure tasks were carried out rather than put in a pile of to do’s such as landlords consent. Place nearer to the toilets.


Portable cabin cost – £52 weekly.

Electric installation: £2,300.

Furniture – Various school resources until such time as new can be purchased.

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Trimley St Martin Primary School

Christine Rowe

Pastoral Support, DSL, LBL, Trauma Informed Practitioner