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 www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

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 helen@cheekymonkeysessex.co.uk or pop in to see us anytime!

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School Holiday Club


Before School / After School Club, School Holiday Club, Holiday Play-schemes, Kids Club, Summer School.

Are you looking for quality affordable childcare during the School Holidays?

Well Look No Further! Come along to our School Holiday Club! Why Be Bored?

Here at Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery Colchester Essex we have in addition to our Day Nursery facilities we provide a full days entertainment with our School Holiday Club covering Colchester Essex assisting parents at this hectic time throughout the year!

ALL our nurseries provide School Holiday Club services in Colchester Essex – The Cheeky Monkeys at The Essex Golf and Country Club (Tel: 01787 221102) William Harris Way Colchester Essex (Tel: 01206 574402) and Sheepen Road (Colchester Institute) Colchester Essex (Tel: 01206 560814)

Our School Holiday Club play scheme provides a fun environment for your child during school holidays while you’re at work and we provide a safe, fun and vibrant children’s school holiday club for children 0 – 8 years old with an amazing different children’s activity with a new theme each day!

Discount available on our School Holiday Club dates for additional siblings.

Our typical themes are: 

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Spring – Newsletter Cheeky Monkeys The Essex

Cheeky Monkeys Newsletter The Essex

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Modern Apprenticeships

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Are you enthusiastic, cheerful, with more energy than average? Could you create the magic moments that make a childhood? Are you aged over 17?

The Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery Group, part of The Childcare Personnel Company, is looking for apprentice Childcare Assistants to join their growing team whilst studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Our nurseries are at the heart of the Colchester community. Purpose built for the children, our nurseries combine modern facilities with bright airy rooms and well laid out gardens for play. Equipment, resources and outdoor play facilities ensure that the children have constant access to a wide variety of activities and areas that support their development and learning.

You will be based at a chosen Cheeky Monkeys nursery (one of three proving childcare services in the Essex region / area and you will be supervised by our nursery managers. Working with the manager and her team which is picked for their expertise and experience. All our nursery nurses have a minimum level 2 childcare qualification (although most have level 3 and it is our aim for all staff to be level 3 trained), as well as food safety, paediatric first-aid and safeguarding qualifications. Cheeky Monkeys is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we make sure all staff at Cheeky Monkeys share this commitment. All staff and volunteers are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Baby, toddler and pre-school rooms each have a room leader and each child will have a key-person who has a special responsibility for their care, development and wellbeing. The key-person is there for a chat at the beginning or end of each day and there is an opportunity each term for you to book a key chat session, giving more time to discuss progress and future learning experiences.

If you want to work as part of a friendly, supportive and caring team, that’s dedicated to helping children to learn and grow to be the best they can be, then this is the Apprenticeship for you. Some of your daily activities could include:

Planning and assisting in activities such as arts and crafts, music and cooking

Helping children to learn numeracy and literacy skills

Feeding and changing babies

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship you’ll gain a nationally recognised childcare qualification, along with functional skills in Maths, English & ICT.

Now is a great time to start your career in childcare as improving child care provision is high on the government’s list of priorities. Their aim to provide free places for all three to four year olds has created thousands of new jobs, and this Apprenticeship will equip you with the relevant skills and requirements to make the most of this growth.

All of your training will be provided by Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery provider at no cost to you.

Please send you CV and covering letter to info@cheekymonkeysessex.co.uk

(Please apply via our webpage www.cheekymonkeysessex.co.uk/careers)


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Autumn Newsletter – Cheeky Monkeys The Essex

What a fast half term that was! But what fun we had, with this half term set to be even busier with lots of celebrations to be had! We hope you enjoy reading all about us, don’t forget to let us know if you would like to know about anything in particular or if you want to share anything!

Nursery News

Staffing news

We would like to welcome Georgia to our team who will be joining us to complete her Level three apprenticeship.

Next step trees

You may have noticed we have new trees located outside each classroom, these colorful trees hold a special set of leaves for each child detailing their next steps that we will be working on this half term, please feel free to have a look at these and don’t forget to keep using tapestry to post pictures of their adventures at home and out and about as it really does help to build up a bigger picture.

On the week commencing 14th November we will be holding parents afternoons where you will be able to book in to come and see your child’s key person and discuss how they are getting on and explore the next steps further! Keep your eyes peeled for further details.

Autumn sensory den

Our babies have loved all the crunchy leaves and exploring their new sensory den! Feel free to pop in and have a look.

Funding changes and parent surveys

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding the funding information in this months invoice, if you feel you are eligible please speak to Laura or Katie, and don’t forget to return the 30 hours funding parents surveys, as it can make a real difference to how we will offer it next September, thank you.

Pampered pooches!

The last few weeks our preschool have created a vets and shampooing parlour (all their own idea and have spent hours booking in their appointments, washing and grooming their pets and making them all better! Thank you to all of you who have brought in pictures of your pets we have loved looking at them!

Socket covers

New guidance published by the NHS this month advises against the use of socket covers, recommending they be removed with immediate effect. You can find more information on their webpage.

Dates for your diaries

Children in need

Join us in your spotty clothes on Friday 18th December as we raise money for children in need! £1 donation on the day would be great! Lots of other fun activities will be happening on the day such as cake sales and messy fun!

St Andrews day

Wednesday 30th November we will be celebrating St Andrews day with a Scottish themed lunch, tartan themed activities and making our own Loch Ness monster!

Christmas lunch

Our Christmas lunch this year will be held on Thursday 15th December, invites for parents to follow.

Parents challenge

What superstars you are, you certainly rose to the challenge in adding your favourite summer memories to tapestry! So thank you!

For this half terms parents challenge, we challenge you to try one of our parent resources that we have that are available to loan, this are based on some of our teams favourite things to do such as bug hunts, cooking, or making play dough, others include nursery favourites such as our travelling monkey that loves to explore new things with you or visiting your favourite places. These are all on the book shelf in the entrance corridor, just let us know which one you would like to borrow, take lots of photos and then return when you’re finished! Good luck!

Grandparents Day

A huge thank you to all those that came to our grandparents party, and for all the lovely comments, we hope to see you all again next year.

 Parents reminder

Fees are due on the first of each month, if you would prefer to pay by BACS then please speak to Laura or Katie and we can give you the banking details.

As highlighted in this month’s invoice we will no longer be accepting cheques as a payment option, thank you for your co-operation.

Term dates

5th September: Funded sessions return.

24th October- 28th October: Half term, please note there are no funded sessions during this week.

16th December: Funded children break up for Christmas

Nursery closes at 6pm on 23rd December and re opens on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

9th January 2017: Funded sessions resume.

Keeping in touch

Have you seen our face book and twitter pages or our website? Stay up to date with all our fun adventures and exciting updates.

Facebook: facebook.com/cheekymonkeysessex

Website: www.cheekymonkeysessex.co.uk

Twitter: Cm_nursery


Don’t forget you can also use our Cheeky Monkeys post box to add your suggestions and ideas into!

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Happy Birthday Your Majesty The Queen

Queen Ltr 1Recently the children at Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery Colchester CI made an amazing birthday card for Her Majesty The Queen and we sent it to her at Buckingham Palace. Well today we received a very important letter from her Majesty the Queen thanking the children for the beautiful card they made her for her 90th birthday celebration. All the children and staff are very excited to have received the letter from the Queen and it will sit proudly in our reception area. Well done children!!! Queen Ltr 1

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Healthy Pack Lunch Options

School dinners have had a radical overhaul. But what about the lunchboxes we pack for our children?

It’s just as important to make sure the lunchbox your child takes to school provides as healthy and balanced a lunch as what they would eat at home.

This means plenty of foods that contain the nutrients that children need, and fewer foods high in sugar and saturated fat.

Preparing your child’s lunchbox

A balanced packed lunch should contain:

  • starchy foods – these are bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and others
  • protein foods – including meat, fish, eggs, beans and others
  • a dairy item – this could be cheese or a yoghurt
  • vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit

Starchy foods are a good source of energy and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But don’t let things get boring.

Instead of sandwiches, give children bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread.

Low-fat snacks for kids

Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw vegetables such as carrots or peppers and give them hummus or cottage cheese to dip the vegetables in.

Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods that can be spread with low-fat soft cheese or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.

Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit. Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, such as kiwi or melon.

Unsalted nuts are a great snack food for children to have at home, but it’s best to leave them out of your child’s packed lunch. Many nurseries ban nuts to protect pupils with a nut allergy.

You could also make up a tasty fruit salad. Be inventive and encourage your children when they try something new.

Note that dried fruit is no longer recommended as a between-meal snack as it’s high in sugar and can be bad for teeth.

Making healthier food

It may take a while for your children to get used to a healthier lunchbox. But it will be worth it for their health, so keep trying.

You can help by eating a wider range of foods at home as a family. For ideas on how to introduce more fruit and vegetables into your family’s diet, read 5 A DAY and your family.

Reading supermarket food labels can help you buy healthier foods for your child’s lunch and family meal times. Learn more in Food and labels.

Save chocolate and cakes for occasional treats. Remember to praise your child when they’ve tried something new to show your encouragement.

You can find lots of ideas for healthy lunches at Change4Life: healthy lunchbox ideas.

The Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery idea fact sheet is attached below and contains some additional ideas for you. (Click on the image and it will enlarge)

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