Little Learners Colchester

The Wilson Marriage Centre Nursery-Little Learners is a community nursery offering flexible childcare to all. We have two playrooms and can have a maximum of 22 children per day.

About us

We are The Wilson Marriage Centre Nursery-Little Learners, offering childcare to the community as well as to adult learners attending courses at ACL Colchester. We provide childcare to babies and children (birth to 5 years) in an open plan room with a generous generous adult/child ratio.

We believe that children learn best when they’re happy and doing things that they enjoy. They develop and learn in the ‘here and now’ with their experiences, which is why we ‘plan in the moment’. Staff recognise teachable moments and let children lead the play.  Children have a key person who keeps a ‘Learning Journey’ of their time with us. “Children make good progress in their learning. They are well supported by their key person to help them to reach their next stage of learning.” Ofsted 2020


Rated Good by Ofsted in January 2020

Children’s early literacy skills are very effectively promoted. Children are provided with resources to practise their early writing skills in all areas of the nursery. Staff use spontaneous opportunities to develop these further.

Opening Times

We are open term time only

Monday – Friday       09:00 – 15:30

Contact Us

Address – Wilson Marriage ACL, Barrack Street, Colchester, CO1 2LR

Phone – 03330 132544

Mobile – 07894 964683


Useful information

Sessions & Fees

Prices per Child

  • Under 2 years – £7.50 per hour
  • 2-3 years – £6.50 per hour
  • 3-4 years – £6 per hour


We offer morning sessions 9-12

Afternoon sessions 12.30-3.30

Full day sessions 9-3.30

Breakfast club 8.30-9


We are registered with the local authority and offer 2-year funding for eligible parents, up to 15 hours per week.

All children are eligible for 15 hours funding the term after a child’s 3rd birthday, families with working parents may apply for 30 hours funding.

Parents can also pay for additional sessions.

More funding information can be found at

Our Team

The team of 7 are all dedicated and passionate about working/playing with young children. Fully qualified in Early Years Education from level 3 to Degree level. All hold Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding certificates and continue with their professional development to meet the ongoing changes in the sector.

We have a Designated Safeguarding Lead, a Special Education Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator and an Equality Co-ordinator. We are all committed to giving children the best start in life in partnership with their parents and carers.

We can offer your children a wealth of experiences from around the globe.

Our Curriculum

Throughout your child’s journey with us our aim is:

For every child to demonstrate confidence and resilience through playing, exploring, active learning and critical thinking.

For every child to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they require to access and succeed in the next stages of their education.

For every child to grow physically and emotionally, gaining skills in self-care, self-efficacy and how to live a healthy happy life.

For every child to develop a love of learning: gaining independence, awareness of themselves and others and an understanding of the culture and knowledge in the wider world around them.

For every child to gain a strong foundation of learning, that delivers excellent levels of Communication, Numeracy and Literacy.

“Children’s early literacy skills are effectively promoted…”

Children’s early literacy skills are effectively promoted; they are inquisitive and interested in learning how and why things work and are supported well by staff.

Little Learners Colchester, Ofsted January 2020

“Staff are incredible, and the children’s needs are always met first and foremost…”

Staff are incredible, and the children’s needs are always met first and foremost. I couldn’t be more reassured in the knowledge that he is safe, happy, cared for and supported excellently.

Little Learners Colchester, Sophie D (Parent)

“Staff are incredible, and the children’s needs are always met first and foremost…”

I live over 20 miles away and I will continue to send my children as long as practically possible. I cannot rate this nursery highly enough.

Little Learners Colchester, Charlotte C (Parent)

“10/10 cannot fault the nursery in any way…”

10/10 cannot fault the nursery in any way.

Little Learners Colchester, Charlotte C (Parent)

Preschool & nursery enquiry form

Preschool enquiry form