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Oaklea Montessori

Newtown, Colchester


Our Newtown setting has 1 large, light indoor classroom, a cosy room for under 2s, and an outside area which is full of learning opportunities!

About our Newtown setting:

Our nursery opened in 2014 and is conveniently situated on Wimpole Road, New Town, Colchester, which is on a bus route.

We are open for all families living or working in Colchester or surrounding rural areas.

It was rated “Good” in all areas by Ofsted, in March 2019. The nursery and staff team are committed to continuing their practice and working towards achieving Outstanding.

We are open from 8:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks a year, providing childcare from birth to five years old. 

There is a well qualified and experienced staff team. All team members are DBS checked, receive training in paediatric first aid and regularly attend training sessions to expand and develop their knowledge in childcare.



Newtown has a very cosy 'home to home' feeling, supporting our families and their children when settling in. Our nursery is close to to many facilities, including shops, museums, the recreation ground with a park and nature garden, Bourne Woods. See our testimonials here.

"Children focus for long periods of time, they build intricate models from the range of different plastic and wooden bricks. Staff support this play, by helping them to think about ways that they can further develop their model. They show them a clip board, paper and pencil situated by the construction play area. Staff encourage children to draw a design of their model which they enthusiastically do, enhancing both their physical and literacy skills."

Ofsted - March 2019

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Little Sparrows Room    0-2 years

We aim to provide a calm, nurturing environment for children between the ages of 0 and 2 in Little Sparrows. 

Daily Activities
  • Montessori activities for infants & toddlers

  • Developmental movement play

  • Messy play (including sand, water & craft)

  • Treasure baskets (allowing babies to explore objects using their senses)

  • Discovery baskets (enabling toddlers to explore what to do with different objects)

  • Songs, rhymes and stories

  • We follow the children's natural rhythms for activity and rest

  • Children snuggle into their prepared bed baskets - easily accessible and safe


Squirrels & Owls Rooms    2-5 years

Squirrels (our 2 year-olds) and Owls (our 3 to 5 year-olds) children have free flow access between two rooms and outdoors areas, supporting their developing needs and growing independence. This well laid out area allows the children to explore freely and engage in their personal interests.

Creative Activities

  • Craft resources

  • Construction

  • Developmental movement play

  • Music

  • Role play

  • Sand & water play

Classroom Area

The classroom is set aside for quieter activities, including:

  • Free access to activities that support children's developing independence, care of themselves and encouraging fine motor control (such as threading or pouring)

  • Sensorial activities that prepare children for early maths and literacy

  • Exploration of the wider world and early science

The Outdoors

Children are able to choose to be outdoors, which provides them with a rich learning experience. 

  • There are playtime resources such as cars, trikes, hoops etc.

  • We enjoy regular walks to the Old Community Garden, Nature Garden, play area, Bourne Woods, Bourne Mill, town centre library and museums etc.

  • Outdoor activities include growing things and wildlife experiences

  • The latest additions to the Newtown outdoor area are new planting beds, large wooden weighing scales and a friendship bench!

Children regularly go out into the community to visit the local library, shops and surrounding areas by bus and on walks.

What next....

We've made it a simple process:

Contact us, book a tour and register your child

Contact Us

Oaklea Montessori CIC

Magdalen Hall, Wimpole Road

Colchester, Essex CO1 2DE

Tel: 01206 587448


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