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......

- Thursday 2nd January 2020 Spring Funded Term begins

- Wednesday 8th April 2020 Spring Funded Term ends

- Friday 10th April 2020 Good Friday NURSERY CLOSED

- Monday 13th April 2020 Easter Monday NURSERY CLOSED

- Monday 20th April 2020 Summer Funded Term begins

- Friday 8th May 2020 May Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED

- Monday 25th May 2020 May Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED 

- Saturday 1st August School Leavers Graduation PM

- Friday 14th August 2020 Summer Funded Term ends

- Monday 31st August 2020 August Bank Holiday NURSERY CLOSED

- Wednesday 2nd September 2020 Winter Term begins

- Tuesday 22nd December 2020 Winter Funded Term ends

- Friday 25th December 2020 Christmas Day NURSERY CLOSED

- Monday 28th December 2020 Boxing Day Bank Holiday in Lieu NURSERY CLOSED

- Friday 1st January 2021 New Years Day NURSERY CLOSED

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