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......

- Spring term 2021 begins: Monday 4th January 2021

- Spring term 2021 ends: Wednesday 31st March 2021

- SPRING TERM HOLIDAY 2021: Thursday 1st April 2021 to Friday 9th April 2021 

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Friday 2nd April 2021

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Monday 5th April 2021

- Summer term 2021 begins: Monday 12th April 2021 

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Monday 3rd May 2021

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Monday 31st May 2021

- Summer term 2021 ends: Monday 16th August 2021

- SUMMER TERM HOLIDAY 2021: Tuesday 17th August 2021 to Tuesday 31st August 2021

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Monday 30th August 2021

- Winter term 2021 begins: Wednesday 1st September 2021

- Winter term 2021 ends: Wednesday 22nd December 2021

- WINTER TERM HOLIDAY 2021: Thursday 23rd December 2021 to Monday 3rd January 2022

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED:  Monday 27th December 2021

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Tuesday 28th December 2021

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Monday 3rd January 2022

- Spring term 2022 begins: Tuesday 4th January 2022

- Spring term 2022 ends: Thursday 7th April 2022

- SPRING TERM HOLIDAY 2022: Friday 8th April 2022 to Monday 18th April 2022

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Friday 15th April 2022

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Monday 18th April 2022

- Summer term 2022 begins: Tuesday 19th April 2022 

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Monday 2nd May 2022

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Thursday 2nd June 2022

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Friday 3rd June 2022

- Summer term 2022 ends: Tuesday 23rd August 2022

- SUMMER TERM HOLIDAY 2022: Wednesday 24th August 2022 to Wednesday 31st August 2022

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Monday 29th August 2022

- Winter term 2022 begins: Thursday 1st September 2022

- Winter term 2022 ends: Wednesday 21st December 2022

- WINTER TERM HOLIDAY 2022: Thursday 22nd December to Monday 2nd January 2023

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Monday 26th December 2022

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Tuesday 27th December 2022

- Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED: Monday 2nd January 2023

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 Shop Keep Easy Store. Please visit Please note that items are for home delivery only, the click and collect service is not supported.


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