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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

Existing parent? Call 01206 212233

Opening Times:

From 07:30 to 18:30 Mon - Fri

Are you looking for excellent childcare in Colchester? Our Stanway nursery offers the perfect environment packed with fun, learning and excitement!   

Here at Busy Bees Colchester Stanway, we like to ensure that every child can develop at a pace they are comfortable with, which is why each age group has its own dedicated space, both indoors and outside. Rest assured your child will come on leaps and bounds during their stay with us, as they learn and grow alongside those at a similar stage.  

With our separate dining area, your child can tuck in to delicious and nutritious meals prepared by our on-site chef, who caters for all dietary requirements.  

We truly believe that communication is key and want to ensure that all parents are kept in the loop with what their little one is getting up to. With our dedicated Parent Room, you can catch up with your child's key workers, to discuss their development along with any key milestones reached during their stay with us. We will also provide you with regular updates through the ‘ParentZone’ app, so that you never miss a moment. 

There is so much to love about our nursery in Colchester, from the excellent activities and learning resources available, to the passionate nursery team, your child will receive the very best start in life with us.  

Read our Parent Pack to find out more about the exceptional care we provide, we'd love to welcome you and your child to visit our nursery in Colchester Stanway. Book a visit, to view the fantastic facilities for yourself and meet the friendly team at Busy Bees Stanway.  

Not sure if Busy Bees Colchester Stanway is the best option for your family? View all of our Nurseries in Colchester to explore all Busy Bees locations in your area.

Pebble flexible childcare at Busy Bees at Colchester Stanway

We understand that parents and carers lead busy lives, and we want to do everything possible to help. That’s why Busy Bees at Colchester Stanway offers the flexibility of booking additional sessions for when you need them.​ Find out more about our nursery session booking app, Pebble.

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Busy Bees

Busy Bees at Colchester Stanway

342 London Road





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Gina Kettle - Centre Director

Gina Kettle

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Busy Bees at Colchester Stanway

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in Colchester. Click on each facility to find out more.

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Car Parking
We offer ample parking on-site for your safety and convenience.

Buggy store
A safe place to store your pram while visiting the nursery.

Our nursery is fitted with CCTV for the safety and security of our team and the children in our care.

Secure Access
Our entrance ways are fitted with an intercom system and all access points are safe and secure.

Nappies and Wipes inclusive
Fees are all-inclusive to include nappies and wipes.

Formula Milk provided
Fees are inclusive to include formula milk if required.

Meals and Snacks Provided
All meals, drinks and snacks are prepared on-site by our chef and are NHS accredited.

Outdoor Facilities
Our outdoor environment offers space to explore and take safe risks with the support of our team, aiding child development.

Sensory Room
Our Sensory Room is a relaxing space providing a unique sensory experience with activities and equipment to explore, engaging and stimulating children’s senses.

Parent Room
Our parent room is a dedicated safe space for us to get to know your family and you to speak in confidence with our nursery team about your child's nursery life.

Smart Board
Our Interactive Smart Board is used daily to bring learning to life and provides children with a hands-on approach with technology.

Funded Childcare
We offer government funded places for children aged 2 to 4 years, please speak to the Centre Director for more information.

We have a fully qualified Teacher in our pre-school room who delivers exciting learning opportunities, whilst ensuring statutory and legal welfare requirements are met for every child.

Foundation Class
The foundation class nurtures each child's natural curiosity within a structured framework providing pre-school children with an early introduction to school life.

We keep families informed through ParentZone, an online learning journal platform, which can be accessed via a smartphone app.

Exclusive to Busy Bees, UP is a learning and development app used by educators in our nursery and parents at home. Search ‘UP by Busy Bees’ on the app store to find out more.

Book Extra Sessions Online
We offer online booking for extra ad-hoc sessions at this nursery with Pebble.

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Food at Busy Bees at Colchester Stanway

Here, at our nursery in Colchester, we understand just how important it is for growing little ones to get the nutritional balance they need. So, while your child is at our Stanway nursery, we ensure they can enjoy healthy snacks, meals, and drinks throughout the day. There's no extra cost involved - it's included in your fees.  

Our seasonal nursery menus feature childhood favourites packed with goodness. They are accredited by NHS Startwell. Every day features a different set of dishes, which means there is always an opportunity to try something new and delicious. And everything is freshly prepared, on-site, by our talented nursery chef.  

Does your child have specific dietary requirements? Don't worry, simply speak to your Centre Director – our team can make sure they are accounted for with safe alternatives.  

Want to get an idea of what your child might enjoy on a regular day at our Busy Bees Colchester Stanway? Here is just a taster! 


Fresh fruit with a selection of cereal or porridge.  

Morning Snack 

Fresh fruit with wholesale toast or baked goods, served with a cup of milk or water.  


Pork bolognaise (vegetarian option: red lentil and vegetable bolognaise) with cheesy garlic bread.  

Afternoon Snack 

Fresh fruit or vegetable sticks, served with a cup of milk or water.  

Early Evening Snack 

Salmon crunch wrap and egg crunch wrap with carrot sticks. Caribbean fresh fruit salad with vanilla natural yoghurt for dessert. 

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Our Fees

We believe in an open and transparent approach to nursery fees. Click the button below for weekly, daily, and session rates for our exceptional childcare.

Did you know Busy Bees also offers government-funded childcare? If eligible, you could be entitled to up to 570 or 1140 hours of funded childcare, depending on your eligibility and your child's age, each year for your child. Find out more on our 'Funding Options' page. Or alternatively, speak to your Centre Director to learn more.

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Preparing for School

In order to best prepare the children for the next big chapter of their lives, Busy Bees do all that they can to support and celebrate the transition. All of the planned activities and experiences which take place within our Busy Bees Nursery in Colchester are designed to provide a foundation of skills that will help them grow in becoming confident and capable learners.

Learn more about how we support the journey from nursery to school by taking a look at our "My Journey to School Tracker". To read more and learn about the other ways our expert team supports the transition to school level, take a look at our Starting School page.

Busy Bees Nursery Colchester Location

You’ll find our nursery in Stanway, on London Road, just a 10-minute drive from Colchester city centre.  

Located just off the A12 at Junction 25 and 26, we are in the perfect location for those commuting. With a car parking facility available onsite, rest assured drop-offs and collections will be as safe and seamless as possible.  

With excellent public transport links, you will find the nearest bus stop just a 2-minute walk away on Sparrow Hall, serving routes 15, 82, 85, 370, 371.  

Find the exact location of Busy Bees at Colchester Stanway by using our What3Words:


Book a Tour

Our friendly, expert team of staff are always happy to welcome you and your child for a tour of the facilities on offer at our nursery in Colchester. Book a visit today to arrange a personal tour to see Busy Bees Nursery Colchester for yourself.


Laura L.


"Lovely staff, great atmosphere. My little boy loves going. "

Dominic B.


"Friendly and welcoming staff, could use ParentZone app a bit better as I have seen others that get much more information re food and day to day activities. "

Emma S.


"staff treat the children like their own. A very caring environment."

Clare L.



Samantha R.


"Excellent. My child always heads off into the room with a smile and barely a goodbye. We are kept informed through the day about meals and nappies and informed immediately if my child has had an accident."