• Welcome to Chestnut Grove Kindergarten

    Learning Through Play

    Chestnut Grove Kindergarten opened 1st April 2010 and is located next to the Clacton Coastal Academy on Pathfields Road.

    Director and Nursery Principal Denise Hawke has worked within child care for over 25 years, using that experience she has managed to put together a second to none team of highly skilled, focused and dedicated child care staff.

    The Kindergarten has gone from strength to strength and currently demand for places is very high.

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  • Acorns

    Acorns is our 0-2 year old room. Alice is our N.V.Q Level 3 room leader and along with her room assistants offer a home from home experience where cuddles and care is the order of the day. A wide variety of activities such as heuristic play, treasure baskets and sensory toys is on offer to help stimulate and excite the children and enable them to flourish in a safe and inspiring environment.

  • Conkers

    Conkers room is our 2-3 year old room. Emma and Elaine along with their team of dedicated staff have worked extremely hard to create a safe and stimulating environment. Thought provoking activities such as messy play, art and craft and lots of singing, dancing and musical instruments allow the children to explore and question the world around them. Conkers has direct access to our garden and enjoy a range of activities in all weathers.

  • Willows

    Willows is our rising 3’s room and is run by Hanna who has a N.V.Q level 3 and many years of experience. Willows offer activities such as role play, where the children can dress up and use their imaginations and senses and circle time where the children sit down and learn about the days of the week and have stories. Hanna and her team have worked hard to keep the room new and fresh creating a sense of excitement and awe in the children.

  • Maples

    Maples are a 3-4 year old room and is run by Sarah who is a highly experienced practitioner. Sarah and her team offer activities such as reading, mark making, independence with dressing, personal hygiene and developing listening and communication skills. Outdoor play is a big part of the day, taking our activities into the garden helps us develop in a multi-sensory environment. The team work in partnership with local schools to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible for the children.

  • Oaks

    Mighty Oak’s is our 3-4 year old room and is run by Sabrina who is N.V.Q level 3 qualified and also the kindergarten deputy manager. Sabrina and her highly motivated team are helping to prepare the children for school and offer many activities to support their transition.  Role play, persona dolls and learning Makaton are a few of the activities on offer and the  team work closely with parents/carers and local schools helping  the children with their transition to school.

  • The Garden

    This area has been recently updated and boasts a growing area with a mud kitchen, sand pit and messy play area, climbing frame and slide, undercover area as well as a wide range of activities for your children to engage in. The garden area also boasts artificial grass so that the children can spend time in the garden in all weathers.

  • 5 Pathfields Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 3JH

    01255 429029

  • Meet Our Staff

    • Denise Hawke
      Nursery Principal

      Denise is a level 4 practitioner with 25 years experience within child care.

    • Jason Hawke
      Business Manager

      Jason has an NVQ level 3 in Business Studies, Health and Safety and looks after the day to day running of the business.

    • Madeline Boyle
      Nursery Manager

      Madeline is a level 5 practitioner with 30+ years of experience within child care, she looks after the day to day running of the nursery staff and ensures everything runs as smoothly as possible.


    • Sabrina Martin
      Deputy Manager/Room Leader of Oaks

      Sabrina is a level 3 practitioner and has worked within child care for over 12 years.

    • Sarah Pearce
      Maples Room Leader

      Sarah is a level 3 practitioner and has worked within the child care for over 14 years.

    • Hanna Mathias
      Willows Room Leader

      Hanna is a level 3 practitioner, she has worked within child care for over 9 years.

    • Emma Guthrie and Elaine Peachey
      Conkers Room Leaders

      Emma and Elaine are both very experienced level 3 practitioners and have 20+ years experience within child care.

    • Alice Smith
      Acorns Room Leader

      Alice is a level 3 practitioner, she has worked within child care for over 3 years.

    • Chestnut Grove has provided a friendly, secure and enjoyable environment for my 3 boys. They have flexible friendly staff, who are willing to help follow my children’s daily routines. Most importantly Chestnut Grove have provided me with the confidence that my children are safe, secure and well looked after… Certainly a home from home for the boys!!!

      Carrie-Ann Noble
    • Chestnut Grove is a very friendly nursery and the staff are very helpful, the nursery is also very convenient as they are the only nursery in the area that open at 7.30am. My children seem to be learning many skills and they very much look forward to going.

      David Boyle
    • Out little boy started in April & absolutely loves it there , the nursery staff are so welcoming 100% recommend.

      Natalie Foster
    • Alfie’s last year here he started at 9 months old. He has a massive circle of friends. It’s clean, friendly & very secure. I’m so glad I chose to send him here but sad he will leave to go to school in September thank you to all the staff for caring for my son & being so kind & friendly all the time.

      Lou Shaw
  • KidZone

    Before, After School and Holiday Club’s

    KidZone are our Before, After School and Holiday Club’s

    We offer a relaxed, friendly, stimulating, inspiring environment for children between the ages of 4-12 located at Cann Hall Primary School and White Hall Academy, both are fully Ofsted Registered and have fully qualified and Experienced Staff on hand at all times to make sure your child is constantly gaining the best possible care. (Cann Hall or White Hall Children Only)

    Holiday Club

    Our holiday club currently run at Cann Hall School and offers a relaxed, friendly and fun filled programme of activities that your child is sure to enjoy during all the school holidays. (Open to All Children)

    Club Opening Times and Cost

    Before School – 7.30am till 9am – £1.50

    After School – 3pm till 6pm – £4

    Holiday Club – 8am till 6pm – £25 a day (For Children that attend Cann Hall or White Hall Academy) £30 a day all other children


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  • Contact Us

    5 Pathfields Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 3JH

    01255 429029


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