Curiosity Approach – Letter C

Curious: (Noun): A strong desire to know or learn something.

At Cheeky Monkeys our mission is to support and reinforce this innate curiosity to give children the confidence to develop their own theories about our incredible world! We aim to inspire and nurture inquisitive minds in every child by our environments and from our practitioners skillful questions they ask. These invested adults allow the children to have a willingness to be curious, as they have the boundary of safety and be there to share in the discovery and joyfulness of learning with them!

The below example, both demonstrates how our environment is set up to promote natural exploration by having all the resources they need accessible and able to use independently. It also provides an example of how the practitioner used prompts such as I wonder, to help the child to test his theories, suggesting new ones if appropriate and being their to celebrate with him when he achieved his goal!

To watch a full video of this observation please visit our facebook page @cheekymonkeysessex


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Special offer! Christmas shopping sessions!

Special offer!

Christmas shopping sessions!

Cheeky Monkeys are offering a perfect Christmas offer!

Its perfect for going Christmas shopping without the children, or for the spring clean and food shop ready for the big day!

Let your little ones have fun this year at Cheeky Monkeys rather than taking them around the shops!

Call your nursery direct or PM me to make arrangements

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The Curiosity Approach

During the summer the staff have undertaken training in the Curiosity Approach and over the next twelve months we will take part in the curiosity approach accreditation.

We would love to share with you this journey and have decided to do this through introducing you to a different theme each fortnight. This will give you an insight into the changes we have made and the benefits for the children!

Our first theme is A for Authentic resources!

You will receive the first leaflet exploring authentic resources; what they are, the benefits and how you can help over the next couple of days. We hope that you will enjoy reading how we educate your children through these resources and the curiosity approach, i would love to discuss this further should you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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6 week Summer School Holiday Club

The days are getting sunnier, the kids are more hyper and the parents are shattered… summer holidays must be just around the corner.

As many of you will be thinking of ways to keep the children happy over the coming six week break, these weekly club sheets will feature a lot of info about what we offer on a daly basis.

As always, our offerings are full of some of the great stuff for our children to take part in.

If you are looking for a Half Term holiday club near you or a Summer Holiday play scheme even childcare during school holidays / childcare school holidays then Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery is the one for you!! We cover the whole of Colchester Essex region from our three nurseries.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me direct via or call any of our nurseries direct.


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Montessori Practitioner required

Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery is a growing, independent nursery and preschool catering for children from birth to five years.

Our Full Day Care setting based in Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex, are open Monday to Friday and we are looking for a Montessori Practitioner to join our friendly team. The successful candidate should be Montessori qualified, at least with a Level 4 Montessori Diploma. This is a full time role and would suit someone who has a passion for children, dedicated, enjoys teaching, is reliable, motivated, flexible, and always has the child’s best interests at heart. We are looking for someone who is committed, professional and keen to progress their career.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and implementing the skills development of your Key children in accordance with the EYFS curriculum
  • Working together with other team members to create a fun, engaging and welcoming environment for all our children both indoors and outdoors
  • A team player – actively participating in day to day activities, and identifying areas of improvement in the nursery and preschool.
  • Above all, a caring and nurturing attitude to children to bring out the best in them.

We are committed to the professional development of our team members and will be willing to invest in the ongoing development of the right candidate.

Job Types: Full-time (9:00 – 3:00 term time only)


Education: Diploma

Salary based on experience.

Additional Hours are available if required



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May 2018 School Holiday Club

Well the next date for our school holiday club is nearly here already!!

We are pleased to say that we are now taking bookings for our school holiday club via our three nurseries covering the Colchester Essex region.

If you would like to make a booking then please call your local Cheeky Monkeys day nursery direct where our team will be pleased to assist.

Please note that you do not have to be a member of the Cheeky Monkeys Nursery to utilise this service as it is open to everyone from aged 0 to 8.

We look forward to meeting you!!

Come and make friends!!

Why be bored?

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The internet – an inspiring and positive place

The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your child has better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online. Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary depending on their age and online activities.

We have grouped potential online risks into 4 categories contained within the document below:


In addition, a very informative children’s book – suitable for ages 3+  DigiDuck is a great way to read and learn with your children. The link is below:


New research commissioned by the UK Safer Internet Centre, to mark Safer Internet Day 2018, has revealed that young people are more likely to have a positive experience than a negative experience when online.

This research comes as Safer Internet Day 2018 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – comprised of Childnet, Internet Watch Foundation and South West Grid for Learning – believe that the key to continuing the positive use of the internet is to empower young people with the skills they need to navigate the online world in a safe and respectful way, and to ensure schools, parents and carers and other members of the children’s workforce have the tools to support young people to do so.

With Safer Internet Day, the UK Safer Internet Centre is working with hundreds of other organisations to encourage more conversations at school and at home about young people’s online lives and how their actions online can affect relationships, empowering young people to use digital technology wisely. Schools across the UK will be using the UK Safer Internet Centre’s Education Packs and Safer Internet Day TV films to explore these issues, and later today the UK Safer Internet Centre will hosting events across the UK where young people will be meeting Ministers and other key decision makers.


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Wow how the weeks fly by! Its time for another School Holiday Club already!

Here at Cheeky Monkeys Day Nurseries Essex we cover children from all ages from 0 – 8 for School Holiday Club.

Its great with different day themes throughout the week – Please remember you do not have to be a full time member of the nursery to use this facility – its great for siblings to join in and for friends relatives to attend with you! If you have any questions or queries then please feel free to contact me on 07557 377021 or talk to any of the nurseries on their direct numbers:

Earls Colne, Colchester: 01787 221122

Colchester, William Harris Way: 01206 574402

Colchester, CI, Sheepen Road; 01206 560814

Why not bring a friend or come and make a new one?

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2018 Nursery Menus

At Cheeky Monkeys we are proud of our fresh home cooked meals served by our chefs! All our meals are prepared from scratch in our 5* rated kitchen. Our meat is brought fresh from our local butcher who can track and trace all sources of its meat, and our fish is from a award winning fish monger, you couldn’t get much fresher!

We can cater for any allergies that you child may have, we can work with our chefs to plan a suitable and nutritious meal plan to suit their needs.

Healthy practices are encouraged alongside promotion of independence and a great deal of fun in asking our older children to help lay the table and help in cookery classes for example making fresh bread, scones, cakes and biscuits.

Below is just an example of what our menus can offer. Please click on the link to download the documents.

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On Tuesday 6th March The Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery Group will be holding our first JOB FAIR

It will be held at our William Harris Way Colchester nursery (CO2 8JW) from 6pm – 8pm in order to held working practitioners.

We are currently looking for all types of practitioners on a full and part time basis

Their will be managers from ALL our sites available to discuss and interview for all types of positions at their specific nursery.

Please ensure you bring your full CV with you

We look forward to meeting you

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