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

Welcome to St Mary’s Kindergarten! If you’re looking for a private nursery near Colchester, Essex that provides a great pre-school education, has amazing facilities and offers flexible childcare, you’re in the right place!

St Mary’s Kindergarten is situated in the grounds of St Mary’s Lower School, on the border of Copford and Stanway, west of Colchester, Essex.

Visiting St Mary’s Kindergarten

The pages in this section will give you a sense of all we have to offer at the Kindergarten for pre-school children, but nothing will give you a better idea of whether St Mary’s is the right childcare option for your son or daughter than coming to visit us.

We’d love to show you around the nursery at one of our Open Mornings or give you a private tour at a time that’s convenient to you. Simply contact our Registrar at, call 01206 594180, or complete a form online.

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 girls and boys 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.

Partnerships with parents are truly valued and it is by working together that we can ensure we can provide the very best start to learning for your son or daughter.

Well-rounded pre-school education

We focus on personal, social and emotional development as well as physical development, communication and language. We believe in providing a well-rounded experience and our specialist practitioners love encouraging children to be curious, interested and fascinated by life and the world around them.

We love seeing the children grow in ability and confidence during their time at our Kindergarten.

First class nursery facilities

Our purpose built Kindergarten, with its own enclosed outdoor 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 Library, Dance Studio, Forest School and School Hall, 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 594180.

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

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