Napier Primary and Nursery Academy offers high quality OFSTED-registered Nursery and Early Years Foundation Stage education. This is delivered by professional, qualified staff in a first class purpose-built facility that is equipped to the highest standards. The Nursery has one large learning plaza and a recently redeveloped outside learning environment that operates alongside our existing EYFS Reception classes, each offering free flow between class environments and all year round access to outside learning environment. Our philosophy is to provide a continuous, inside-outside provision where every child is considered to be individual and where they feel nurtured to become confident, self-motivated and independent learners. The Teacher and the Teaching Assistants work closely alongside parents/ guardians and other childcare professionals to ensure every child reaches their potential. We believe that working in partnership is essential to well-being and development of our children.
- To provide a nurturing and safe environment in which children can feel happy, secure and learn.
- To provide exciting opportunities for all children whatever race, gender, culture, religion, means or ability.
- To meet individual children’s needs.
- To develop children’s confidence, encourage positive behaviour and promote independence.
- To work in partnership with parents, children and the wider community.
- To enable children to develop skills towards The Early Years Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals and acquire essential life skills.
- To be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
At Napier Primary and Nursery Academy we believe that children learn best in an atmosphere of fun, challenge and high expectation. The dedicated and inspirational staff, support each child to problem-solve and lead their own learning in our safe and exciting environment. We aim to encourage every child to achieve their best and prepare them for their life ahead.
The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning and development. The first three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. They reflect the key skills and capacities all children need to develop and learn effectively, and become ready for school. It is expected that the balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning as the children grow in confidence and ability within the three prime areas.
- Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
- Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
- Literacy Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
- Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
- Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities. This could be in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
As well as helping the children learn, we are also responsible for the children’s welfare. We will look after your children and help them to stay healthy. We will make sure that the setting is a safe and positive place for the children.