Welcome to Early Years

Welcome to Early Years, which is an incredibly exiting time as your child starts their learning journey in school. Here at Holmwood House, we refer to this stage as Phase 1, and combine the Early Years and Foundation Stage with Year 1

We understand the importance of creating an exciting and engaging curriculum that is based on the interests of your child to help encourage a love of learning. During your child’s Pre-Reception year our aim is to develop their social skills, encourage curiosity and create a desire to learn. It is also a pathway to prepare your child for the start of their Reception year.

In Reception we carry on all the excellent learning that has taken place in our Nursery and Pre-Reception. Through play, adult-initiated activities and with the support of the staff within the department the children explore, discover ideas, develop concepts and skills to become independent learners and amazing problem solvers.

We work to build strong partnerships with parents so that we can develop your child’s education together. We want your child to be happy and have a positive learning experience where they feel nurtured and supported.

Miss S Henshall
Head of Phase 1

Warm friendly and inclusive teaching environment with wonderful spacious facilities for the children to develop confidence and in all the important ways to have an enriched future.


We are delighted with he school, predominantly with the happy and secure environment for learning it creates for the children and how well they then learn and grow in that environment. Our two children are both very different but both have their needs taken care of in different ways.



Holmwood House Nursery

151 Coach Road, Great Horkesley,
Essex CO6 4DX
T: (01206) 273 827


Holmwood House School

Chitts Hill, Lexden,
Essex CO3 9ST
T: (01206) 574305