Welcome to Chestnut Grove Kindergarten Clacton-on-Sea

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.



Acorns is our 0-2 year old room. Megan 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 room is our 2-3 year old room. Hanna and Abby 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 is our rising 3’s room and is run by Emma and Elaine who have level 3 qualifications 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.


Hollies is a rising 3 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.


Mighty Oak’s is our 3-4 year old room and is run by Lisa who is N.V.Q level 3 qualified. Lisa 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

Telephone: 01255429029

Meet Our Team


Nursery Principal/Manager

Denise is a level 5 practitioner with 25+ years experience within child care. She has recently gained her degree BA(Hons) Denise is also one of our SENCo.


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.


Setting Deputy Manager

Sabrina is a level 3 practitioner and has worked within child care for over 12 years. Sabrina is also the designated safeguarding officer.


Oaks Room Leader

Lisa has recently joined us at Chestnut Grove, she brings with her a vast knowledge and experience and has already shown she is a great member of the Chestnut team.


Hollies Room Leader

Tommy is a level 4 practitioner and has worked within child care for over 3 years, he has proved during his time with us to be an extremely enthusiastic and consciences member of the team.


Acorns Room Leader

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


Conkers Joint Room Leader

Hanna and Abby are the joint room leaders for the Conkers. Hanna is a level 3 practitioner, she has worked within child care for over 14 years.


Conkers Joint Room Leader

Hanna and Abby are the joint room leaders for the Conkers. Abby is currently a level 3 practitioner and into her third year of her degree in Early Years.


Willows Joint Room Leader

Emma and Elaine are both very experienced level 3 practitioners and have 20+ years experience within child care. Emma is also our Lead person for speach and language and has undertaken full EKLAN training.


Willows Joint Room Leader

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

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

Our 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


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 – £2

After School – 3pm till 6pm – £5

Holiday Club – 8am till 6pm – £30 a day

Nursery News

Keep up to date with the latest news

28th March 2017

Snakes at the Grove

Last week Chestnut Grove children and staff were extremely lucky to have some snake friends come and visit us…..all the staff and children were able to look at and in some cases handle these lovely creatures.
21st December 2016

Reindeers at Chestnut Grove

We had 2 rather lovely Reindeers visit the children and staff of Chestnut Grove today….not sure who were more excited but we all felt it was a lovely treat for the last day of term….
15th December 2016

Marvellous Mark Making Workshop

We are proud to be offering this Marvellous Mark Making Workshop to all our Parents/guardians and their children on Friday 16th December 1.15pm till 2.15pm within the Hollies room. Refreshments will also be available during and after the workshop.

Contact Us

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

01255 429029

Email: office@chestnutgrovekindergarten.co.uk