Netley’s Early Years Foundation Stage has two Reception classes for 30 children and one Nursery class for up to 37 children. Children enter a Reception class during the academic year that they become 5 years old. Children enter our Nursery during the academic year that they become 4 years old. Each class has a teacher and Nursery Nurse and the Nursery also has two teaching assistants. The EYFS benefits from a part time dual language teaching assistant and we have access to SEN TAs as different children require support.

The application process for entering a Reception class is through the local authority website, www.camden.gov.uk and then follow the link to school admissions. Nursery admissions are dealt with by the school. Please complete an admissions form and return it to Louise O’Keefe together with your child’s birth certificate and proof of address. The school follow Camden criteria to allocate places for both Nursery and Reception classes.

At Netley Primary School, we recognise that young children learn best when they are active. We recognise the power and importance of independent learning that takes place during play.

On a daily basis, we offer children learning opportunities both indoors and outside in our garden to stimulate children’s interests, develop their knowledge and understanding in the seven areas of learning and extend children’s social skills so that they are able to thrive in school and in society at large. Children work outside in all weathers and staff use the changing weather as a resource. We ask parents/carers to provide children with appropriate clothing and footwear.

We aim to build a strong parent partnership and work collaboratively with parents to ensure a successful school experience for all families. Regular workshops and ‘Stay and Play’ sessions are offered throughout each year to ensure families can access current teaching points.

Our two year old provision, known as Acorns, has been offered at Netley since October 2017. We have daily three hour places available for up to 24 children, who attend for either five mornings or five afternoons each week. The children play freely between the garden and the inside the area. Practitioners respond sensitively to the differing needs of these very young children and place a priority on the development of speaking, listening and social play skills.  Each day children enjoy shared singing and story times.  Planning is organised around shared themes and individual children’s interests.  We have joined together with the Adult Learning Centre and are offering a ‘Learn and Play Together’ parenting programme. We have collaborated with other settings, including Thomas Coram, to ensure our offer represents best practice.

At Netley we aim to give each child the very best possible start to their education, regardless of physical ability, race, religion, gender or current level of attainment. All children are given the opportunity to develop their personal interests and friendships alongside the development of life skills and academic knowledge and understanding.