Hawthorn Avenue

Nannas Day Nurseries is based just off Hawthorn Avenue in the grounds of Hazelmere Infants and Junior School, it is currently rated as Ofsted Outstanding. Our purpose built, award winning nursery cares for children aged birth to 8 years old with full day care, sessional day care, as and when (flexible sessions), breakfast, afterschool and holiday clubs. You can even pay by the hour for additional childcare when needed! The nursery has a drop off car park accessible via Bromley Road, excellent bus links to the town centre and beyond and is easily within walking distance to the Colchester Hythe train station, making it incredibly accessible for all.

The nursery is fortunate to have an ample rear garden and a separate garden for the under 2’s which has newly laid artificial grass, meaning that all children have wonderful safe, spacious environments in which to learn and develop to their full potential. The local Welsh Woods is regularly accessed for weekly Forest School sessions by our qualified Forest School Leader Michael. The Nursery also employs an external Performing Arts and Sports company to carry out additional extra curricula activities with the children each week! In addition to this the pre-school children during term time have weekly French lessons carried out by our French Teacher Vivi!

Our breakfast and afterschool club drops off and picks children up from the local Hazelmere Infants School, Hazelmere Junior School and Roachvale Primary School, all within walking distance from the nursery. A fun and educational Holiday Club also runs during school holidays for children aged 4-8 years where children participate in games, science experiments, craft activities and outdoor sessions such as Forest School. Each of our age group children have their own base room from 0-2, 2-3 and 3-5 years, with our baby room entirely natural, a home from home. In 2016 we created an additional 2-3 year old room to accomodate our extra funded children.

Our fantastic pre-school prepares children for their future learning and development when they leave us for primary school, with the same curriculum followed as in the first year of Reception. Our dedicated and experienced staff are able to fully support your child with this crucial transition, providing experiences, activities and opportunities for learning and growth in a fun but structured environment.

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We were awarded OfSTED Outstanding in 2017 and 2009! We have gained our NDNA EQuality Counts quality Award twice in the last 6 years, most recently at Level3 across the board! We were awarded our Bronze Eco-Schools Award! We won the NMT Team of the Year Award! We won the Colchester Business Award for Excellent Customer Service!

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......

- Monday 1st April & Tuesday 2nd April 2019 Nursery Photo Days (drop in session 2pm-3pm for non Monday and Tuesday 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 3rd August 2019 Graduation Party (times to be confirmed)

- 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 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.

Our substantial afternoon snacks help tide the children over until they go home for their dinner! These are home-made by our new onsite Chef Jodie!

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.

Our afternoon snack menu's rotate 6 weekly meaning that your child will have a range of afternoon snacks during their time with us! These menus were most recently updated in 2018 so please check out our new menus by clicking on the link!

Children bring their own packed lunches and learn about healthy choices through our lunch time swap shops!

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 https://www.uniformeasy.com/990059209. 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.

Hawthorn Avenue Nursery

  • Nannas Day Nurseries
  • Hawthorn Avenue (access off Bromley Road)
  • Colchester
  • CO43JP

Telephone: 01206 791501


Nursery Manager: Emily Simpson