Caring for children aged 3 months – 12 years in Clacton-on-Sea
 Caring for children aged 3 months – 12 yearsin Clacton-on-Sea


The qualified teachers work alongside all age groups and support the practitioners to plan and implement structured activities as well as free play in accordance with The Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Learning through play

We believe that learning should be fun. Children learn through new experiences and by exploring the world around them. We carefully plan and provide exciting, fun activities that stimulate children to grow and develop. We also make time for children to engage in free play so they can investigate their own ideas. 

Early Years Foundation

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

It is the framework provided by ‘The Department for Children, Schools and Families’ and is for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.

“It means being sure each individual child is learning through high quality play, that’s tailored to them. So they develop at their own pace, having fun, making friends and learning as they play. Becoming confident, secure children who, when the time comes are better prepared for school. Not pushed, not pressured. But ready to reach their potential.” 

“The child is at the centre of the early years foundation stage. The people working with your child will pick up on their interests and abilities, and build on them through play.”

Quotes from ‘Department for Children, Schools and Families. 2008

“Staff demonstrate an excellent understanding of the Foundation Stage…. They understand how children learn and develop and put this knowledge into practice when planning an effective curriculum.”

From 2010 Ofsted Report


Teaching is outstanding...... Staff plan precisely for children's individual needs and next steps in learning.  They closely monitor achievement to meet any gaps in learning and ensure that children make the most rapid progress possible.” 


“Staff skilfully support children to become confident and effective communicators, who share their thoughts and ideas freely


“Children move on from the setting with social skills, resilience and the ability to cope extremely well with the demands of school.”


From 2015 I 2016 Ofsted Report


Would you like to learn more about our approach?

Please contact us on 01255 221473 or use our contact form.

Download our latest Ofsted Report for 2015 I 2016
Ofsted 2015 report.PDF
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Take a look at our What's New section for more info.

Funding information

FREE education and childcare entitlement for 2 - 4 year olds explained here.

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Please use our Prospectus Request form in order to receive a copy of our printed prospectus and application forms.

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Willow Tree Nursery,  Chingford Avenue,      Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 4US.


Opening Hours: 7:45am - 6:00pm

Tel: 01255 221 473

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