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, Essex. We offer an outstanding all-round pre-school education, amazing facilities and flexible childcare.

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. This is 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. Specialist teachers run sessions such as French, Music and Ballet.

Well-rounded pre-school education

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

Children have the opportunity to go on trips, such as to the local church. They also 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. These include Fireworks night, our Summer Fete and outdoor theatre productions.

First class nursery facilities

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

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

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 594256.

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

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

“Children in the EYFS and pupils in the lower school make excellent progress.”

From ISI inspection report 2023 - rated 'excellent'

“Pupils of all ages demonstrate outstanding communication skills”

From ISI inspection report 2023 - rated 'excellent'

“Very positive attitudes to learning are fostered by strong and warm relationships between pupils and their teachers.”

From ISI inspection report 2023 - rated 'excellent'

“The youngest children in the EYFS confidently ask for resources or explain their choice of activities”

From ISI inspection report 2023 - rated 'excellent'

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