St Mary's Kindergarten, private nursery, Colchester, Essex


See the amazing facilities and the range of activities available at St Mary’s Kindergarten, from French to Forest School

A message from the Head of the Lower School, Mrs Emma Stanhope

Welcome to St Mary’s Kindergarten!

We are a conveniently located private nursery near Colchester that offers an outstanding all-round pre-school education, amazing facilities and flexible childcare.

“The outcomes for children in the EYFS are excellent”

Independent Schools Inspectorate (independent school equivalent to Ofsted)

Great introduction to learning

Children can start at St Mary’s Kindergarten in the term they turn three.

During their time at the nursery, we introduce children to learning and give them a solid preparation for starting school, both academically and socially, so they can make the most of all the opportunities school life brings.

We have a high ratio of staff to children and specialist teachers run sessions such as French, Music and Ballet.

“By the end of their time in EYFS, most children are performing at a level in line with expectations and a significant number are performing at higher levels than those expected nationally.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate (independent school equivalent to Ofsted)

Well-rounded pre-school education

We believe in providing a well-rounded experience and children take part in a range of activities such as PE, Forest School, music, ballet, French, cooking and outdoor learning, all included in the fees.

Children have the opportunity to go on trips, such as to the local church and Jimmy’s Farm, and take part in events including the Kindergarten and Infant Sports Day, Nativity performance, Prize Giving, Remembrance Day service and Mothering Sunday service.

We also hold a number of events for the whole family of those at St Mary’s to enjoy, such as Fireworks night, our Summer Fete and outdoor theatre productions.

“Enthusiastic and dedicated staff provide a wealth of activities that stimulate the children’s curiosity and instil a love of learning.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate (independent school equivalent to Ofsted)

First class nursery facilities

Our purpose-built Kindergarten, with its own enclosed outdoor multi-sensory play area, is the perfect place for young children to thrive in a safe environment.

Children also have access to all the Lower School facilities including the Forest School area, outdoor classroom, Library, Dance Studio, School Hall, playing fields and sports courts, all set in nine acres of land.

“The environment, both indoors and outside, is extremely well organised and resourced to facilitate many opportunities for independent learning and investigation.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate (independent school equivalent to Ofsted)

Our Kindergarten is very popular and places can fill up over a year in advance. So if you’re interested in St Mary’s Kindergarten please get in touch with our Registrar as soon as you can at or on 01206 594180.

Mrs Emma Stanhope, Head of St Mary’s Lower School

Emma Stanhope, Director of Lower School, St Mary's, Colchester

Our Locations

St Mary's Colchester
Last few places available for September 2022

Contact our Registrar today for more information

Mrs Justine Tierney

01206 594180