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. 

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.

Opening Times

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.

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

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 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 Shop Keep 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: Sammie King