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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Cheeky Monkeys Summer School Holiday Club


 Monday 24th July Cooking ClubToday we will be bakers, What shall we make? Bread or cakes…..
 Tuesday 25th July Messy DayDesign and create your own canvas and experiment with other messy play activities such as gloop and clean mud
 Wednesday 26th July Mini BeastsWe are going to look for mini beasts in our environment. We are going on a bug hunt, what will we see?
 Thursday 27th July Circus Training DayLet’s learn some circus skills. Can you walk on stilts, juggle a ball?
 Friday 28th July National Chocolate DayWhat a perfect way to finish the first week of the school holidays with chocolate, lots and lots….
 Monday 31st July World Ranger DayWorld Ranger Day offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education.
 Tuesday 1st August  Parents DayLet’s create something nice for our parents to let them know how much we love them.
 Wednesday 2nd August Coloring Book DayLet’s get our pencils out what can we design.
 Thursday 3rd August Start of Harvest Let’s celebrate harvest. We could make vegetable soup and corn dolls.
 Friday 4th August Coast Guard’s DayWe are celebrating being an island. We can make a sea side and look at the rules of the beach.
 Monday 7th AugustRaksha Bandan Day – “Raksha Bandan” means “a thread for protection”.  Sisters tie a thread bracelet around their brothers’ wrists, and receive gifts in return We can make friendship bracelets and other gifts for our friends.
 Tuesday 8th August Happiness DayLet’s talk about what make us happy let’s see if we can make some things which can make you happy?
 Wednesday 9th August Book Lovers DayLet’s enjoy a story together, we could even write a book of our own.
 Thursday 10th August Sky Scrapper Appreciation DayToday we are building skyscrapers, what can we build with, how high can we go?
 Friday 11th August Play In The Sand Day We can create sand art or make a sandcastle?
 Monday 14th August Cooking DayToday we will make afternoon tea. Scones and jam cakes and sandwiches to share with our friends before we go home. If the weathers good we can have a garden party.
 Tuesday 15th AugustMad Science DayToday we are going to become scientists…let’s make exploding explosions and chemicals and lots lots more
 Wednesday 16th August Airborne Services Day To celebrate our Airborne Armed Forces and the air ambulance. We could make a helicopter to see how high it fly’s.
 Thursday 17th August Sports Day Let’s enjoy a day of races, throwing, jumping who can win a medal.
 Friday 18th August Dinosaur DayHow many different kinds of dinosaurs can we make?
Monday 21st August Let’s Have A Beach PartyBring your swimming things will get the paddling pool out and have a man made beach, ice cream, buckets and spades and even Fish and chips for lunch.
 Tuesday 22nd August Poets DayToday we can create our own poems or maybe a limerick.
 Wednesday 23rd August Messy DayEver thought about being a fashion designer… Lets Tie Dye and design your own t-shirt to take home
 Thursday 24th August Vesuvius DayLet’s celebrate mount Vesuvius we can make volcanoes and lava and lots of big bangs.
 Friday 25th August Cooking Club What will we cook today? Will we be bakers or even cowboys making cowboy stew?  or cakes…yum
 Monday 28th August Bank HolidayCLOSED
 Tuesday 29th August Herbs DayCan you taste all the herbs, we have grown then make some herb play dough
 Wednesday 30th August Toasted Marshmallow Day Let’s make Turkish delight and enjoy marshmallows.
 Thursday 31st August Burger DayWe are going to make our own burger lunch we can make chicken burgers or beef burger with sweet potato fries and homemade ice cream for pudding.
 Friday 1st September Letter Writing Day Let’s make some paper. We can write a letter to someone who maybe a long way away.

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Cheeky Monkeys Newsletter The Essex Summer Term Part 1

Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery NewsletterSummer term part 1

What an exciting few weeks we have lined up for you this half term at Cheeky Monkeys! We have so much to tell you…

Health visitor clinics

Firstly, we are proud to announce we will be working in partnership with Virgin Care to provide Health Visitor Clinics, on the 1st Thursday of each month from 10-11.30 starting on the 4th May, these clinics are the perfect opportunity to meet with your health visitor, have your baby weighed, and then get any advice needed on sleeping, breast feeding, weaning, dummy use etc. They are open to everyone not just those who attend cheeky monkeys, so please don’t forget to tell your family and friends!

Baby Massage course!

The second exciting launch in May is our first baby massage course starting on 15th May, this free four-week course, can help your baby to sleep better, reduce colic and help a greater bond with your baby. To  book and for more information please speak to Laura or Katie.

Our third exciting thing to watch out for is the opening of our new two to threes base room, it will be designed to give our two-year olds the skills and confidence they need to progress especially focusing on their personal, social and emotional needs.

Peppa’s muddy puddle walk!

We will be taking part in save the children’s muddy puddle walk, on the 12th May. For the children in on that day we will be sending home sponsor forms, to raise money for this fantastic charity! We will be doing our muddy puddle walk and other Peppa activities, please ensure your child has wellingtons on this day! Thank you.

30 hours funding

You can now find out if your eligible and apply for the new 30 hours government funded hours via the childcare choices website on

If you require any further information or to place your interest with us please speak to Laura or Helen.

Staffing news

We would like to welcome Holly and Sophie to our team. Holly has joined us as our new apprentice and to complete her level three qualification, we hope you all make her feel very welcome! Sophie most of you will recognise from covering on our busiest days and holiday club, she will now join us full time and will be working within our two year olds.

We would like to wish Charley lots of luck as she takes a month out to work aboard, Charley has worked extremely hard over the last year and half to complete her level three qualification, so deserves this break, but hurry back Charley as we will all miss you!

I’m off to big school!

By now you would all have received the exciting news of where your child will be attending school in September, to help aid the transition we will be starting lots of school readiness activities with them including mini pe lessons, visits to the schools, discussions on feeling of starting school. To help us start please can you let a member of preschool know where your child will be going so we can start to make links.

Coming soon will also be the relaunch of our school readiness packs that you can borrow at home and work through together! To register your interest please speak to a member of preschool. Don’t forget we also do a breakfast and after school club including school collections, you can book these on a regular basis or as ad hoc sessions, for more information please just ask.


We love to show all we do on tapestry, but did you know you can comment on the pictures and videos and tell us your thoughts? We also love to see your adventures at home too whether it’s a new skill they have learnt or a fun day out or holiday! To upload just simply click ‘add observation’ and follow the steps, then simply attach photos from your phone or IPad. If you are not receiving pictures or updates then please let us know.

For more information on any thing discussed here please call us on 01787 221102, email us on or pop in to see us anytime!

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