Cowper Crescent

Nannas Day Nurseries third Colchester nursery is based in the old Beehive Children's Centre next to the Queen Boudica Primary School on Cowper Crescent. Opened on Monday 3rd September 2018, the nursery takes children aged 2-5 years in the beautiful converted building. Following on from the success and popularity of our other two sites in Colchester, Nannas won the bid for the old Children’s Centre against over 20 other competitors.

The new nursery features a large open plan entrance hall with welcoming sofa and sensory wall decorated in the purple and silver colours that Nannas are famous for. Both playrooms are light, open and airy with high ceilings and direct access onto the garden. Each room has its own bathroom for the children as well as a sink area and fridge, meaning that they are self- sufficient.

Replicating the success of the other two sites – Cowper Crescent has the same set up, natural play ethos and policies and procedures that have continuously earned Nannas Day Nurseries Ofsted Outstanding. Children can enjoy free flow play both in and outdoors with construction areas, home corners, mark making, playdough stations and cosy corners where children can look at books and relax.

The nursery will offer both flexible and fixed contracts alongside funded only sessions with early and late opening times. Its ideal location means it is easily accessible for working parents travelling by public transport and those working at the local hospital or walk-in centre.

Cowper Crescent offers the same extra-curricula activities as our other two sites including Forest School, Dance, Sports and French, alongside an enriching and stimulating learning environment.

Opening Times

Open 6.30am-6.30pm Monday to Friday, Nannas Day Nurseries is open throughout the year, closed only on Bank Holidays.

Upcoming dates for your diary......

- Wednesday 3rd April 2019 Nursery Photo Day (drop in session 2pm-3pm for non-Wednesday children)

- Thursday 11th April 2019 Funded Term ends

- Tuesday 16th April 2019 Spring has Sprung Competition

- Friday 19th April 2019 CLOSED Good Friday Bank Holiday

- Monday 22nd April 2019 CLOSED Easter Monday Bank Holiday

- Tuesday 23rd April 2019 Funded Term begins

- Monday 6th May 2019 CLOSED Early May Bank Holiday

- Monday 27th May 2019 CLOSED Spring Bank Holiday

- Week beginning 24th June 2019 Parents Evening (date to be confirmed)

- Saturday 10th August 2019 Graduation Party 1pm-3pm

- Wednesday 14th August 2019 Role Play Competition 

- Friday 16th August 2019 Funded Term ends

- Monday 26th August 2019 CLOSED Summer Bank Holiday

- Tuesday 3rd September 2019 Funded Term begins

- Saturday 14th September 2019 Parents Forest School Session, Highwoods Country Park, 10am-11.30am

- Thursday 31st October 2019 Halloween Competition

- Week beginning 2nd December 2019 Parents Evening (date to be confirmed)

- Friday 20th December 2019 Funded Term ends

- Wednesday 25th December 2019 CLOSED Christmas Day

- Thursday 26th December 2019 CLOSED Boxing Day

- Wednesday 1st January 2020 CLOSED New Years Day

Our opening times

What is provided

We provide a selection of cereals for breakfast and healthy morning snacks - fruit bowls are available in the rooms for children to freely access throughout the day. 

A two-course home-cooked lunch will be provided at an additional cost should this be required with either a pudding or a starter, teaching the children healthy choices. Alternatively parents are welcome to provide a packed lunch for their child.

Our substantial afternoon snacks help tide the children over until they go home for their dinner!

Throughout the day children have free access to fruit infused water via our hydration stations both in and outdoors. Full fat milk is also available on request.

All ingredients purchased are low in salt and sugar and we aim to provide your child with their recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day!

Our menu's are a replica of the menus from our Turner Road site which were written alongside a hospital dietician to ensure that each child receives the correct balance of vitamins and minerals throughout their day with us. In line with current legislation and guidance our menu's also display the related allergens (key can be found in the nursery). 

Look out for our specially themed menus for events and festivals such as World Book Day and Chinese New Year!

We provide free takeaway teas and coffees in the morning for parents and a fruit bowl so parents can ensure they have a healthy breakfast after dropping off their children with us!

Children's Nannas Day Nurseries uniforms (and matching accessories) are available to purchase from our online Uniform Easy Store. Please visit Please note that items are for home delivery only, the click and collect service is not supported.

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get in touch

Drop us a message or arrange a showaround.

Cowper Crescent Nursery

Nannas Day Nurseries
Queen Boudica Primary School,
Cowper Crescent, Colchester,
Essex CO4 5XT

Telephone: 01206 853476

Nursery Manager: Lucy Bethell