Early Years

Welcome to the Early Years at Howes

About us

At Howes Community Primary School, we are ‘play people’ who prioritise high quality interactions, enriching opportunities and memorable learning experiences. Our curriculum is designed to reflect the needs and interests of our children, inspire imaginations and is grounded in high quality learning provision. Our Transformation Tree illustrates the intended learning journey for children receiving our curriculum. Starting as acorns, they grow to become Mighty Movers, Terrific Talkers, Fantastic Friends, Magnificent Mathematicians, Masters of Mark Making and Meaning, Crafty Creators and Incredible Investigators. Their roots are made strong by learning to actively play and explore and think critically and creatively. We look after each other and enjoy exploring what makes us the same and different so that we can feel safe to begin our journey to being the best that we can be.

In Early Years, we offer a caring, stimulating and safe environment for children to learn and play both indoors and outdoors. We are based within the main school building and have a wonderful outdoor area for the children to learn in and explore.  We provide care for children from age three upwards in a mixed class with reception and these sessions are term time only.

Meet the Early Years Team

Mrs Cornfoot (Teacher)

Mrs Collier (HLTA)

Mrs Wildsmith (Teaching Assistant)


Healthy Eating

We provide children with a healthy snack each morning and a drink of milk/water.  If your child has special dietary requirement, a snack can be brought in from home.

EYFS – A Parent Guide

In the Early Years, we work from ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum’ and we track each child’s progress throughout the school year.

There are seven areas of Learning and Development:

  • Communication and Language:
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Creative Development

Click the link below to see our vision for Early Years:

EYFS Vision Statement

Settling In

Prior to your child starting in either Nursery or Reception, the class teacher will contact you to discuss a settling in period and if possible arrange an opportunity for us to meet you and your child.

We employ a short staggered entry approach to allow children to have time to settle, get to know their teachers, other children and the routine.

Flexibility to suit your child in Nursery

We are able to provide full time places for children up to 30 hours per week.  However, some children attend our morning sessions which run from 8.55am – 12.00pm and some attend in the afternoons which run from 12.15pm – 3.25pm


The term after your child’s 3rd birthday, you are entitled to a grant for 15 hours a week free Nursery education. This can be used for our Nursery sessions, so there is no cost to you. If you are interested in more than 15 hours of provision at the school there is a charge of £4.50 per hour unless you are eligible for 30 hours extended entitlement funding.  If your child attends full time (8.55am until 3.25pm), there is an additional end of day care charge per week. Please see the link below for full details on Nursery entitlement.



We ask that all children in Early Years wear our school uniform.  School sweatshirts are available for sale from the school office if you would like one.

Please see the Early Years Policy for further guidance

Howes EYFS policy