OFSTED Inspection – The Essex

Parent Information: Cheeky Monkeys The Essex.

We are very pleased to report that Laura and her team at Cheeky Monkeys Essex have recently been rated ‘Ofsted good’ and our report is now online on the Ofsted web-page.

I have also put a copy of the report here on our Cheeky Monkey Web Page (Latest News Section) for parents to read and/or download.

We appreciate the continual hard work and determination of Laura and her amazing team.

This is great news.

Quotes from the Ofsted inspector during the inspection were that we are “A very strong good” and also that Charlies room was ” A room of curiosity and wonder”


Well done everyone

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How to add an observation on Tapestry

Here at Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery we love to see all of your adventures from home and new skills your children are learning, it helps to build up a bigger picture of your child’s development and help builds our home-nursery partnership! We have created a simple how to guide on adding observations to tapestry, you can download it from our webpage or ask for a copy from your child’s key person, or you can ask for a demonstration! We cannot wait to see what you have been up too!


Click here to Download Word Document version - Cheeky Monkeys How to guide tapestry


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Readiness For School Workshop

Following our parents questionnaire at Cheeky Monkeys The Essex, many of you wanted more information on how we help to support your children with getting ready for school and how you can support this at home too.

In response we have the pleasure of inviting you to our school readiness workshop!

To book please let Laura or Helen know or return your invite to us.


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APRIL – School Holiday Club

April – School Holiday Club

Sessions are 9am-3pm for all children aged 3-8 years.

Only £25 per session

Additional Hours are available at £5.00 per hour or special offer of 8am – 6pm for only £40 which includes lunch!

To book please call your nursery (Numbers above) or call in and speak to a member of staff who will be pleased to assist.

Non Nursery Members Welcome – Bring a sibling, relative or a friend!!!

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A – Z of Cheeky Monkeys – D is for dough

Our latest addition to our ‘a to z of cheeky monkeys’ is now available!

D is for dough!!!


This will be coming home with you on your next session, if you would prefer it electronically please let us know, we hope you find them informative and welcome any comments!

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Thank you for taking the time to read this information.


Laura Sines

Manager – Cheeky Monkeys The Essex

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Spring Newsletter

Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery Newsletter

Spring term Part 2

Welcome back after what seemed a like a speedy half term! We would like to welcome our new families who have recently joined us! We would like to also welcome Lucy to our team! Lucy is level three qualified and is very much looking forward to getting to know you all and will be spending a bit of time in each room whilst she settles in! Don’t forget to say hello!

Busy, busy, busy!

Throughout nursery, this half term we have continued on our curiosity approach accreditation, adapting our environments, practice and our knowledge. Here is a little round up of all the things we have been up to over the last few weeks:

In our baby room, we have added a new black and white area for our new younger babies and have been exploring lots of new sensory activities including a beach themed tuff tray! For our new babies we would love to add your family photos to our family books, please email them or send in copies of your favourite photos!

Two to threes have made improvements to their role play area with a new kitchen and it is really starting to feel like a homely environment, book area and small world area including a digging and sand area.

Preschool have been creating some amazing structures by balancing with our loose parts! You may have seen them as you walk into the room, often ceiling high and then the loud bang as they come crashing down (the bit they love the most). When building these structures, they are developing lots of skill they will later need when they start school for example hand-eye co-ordination, gross motor skills when using the step ladder, working cooperatively with their peers,  developing their problem solving skills and working on their perseverance and self-esteem!

Over the next term and a half they will start to build on getting the children ready for school; including continuing to promote their independence, PE lessons, exploring phonics and numbers and  building links with the local schools. Don’t forget we have our ‘I’m going to big school’ resource bags you can borrow, just ask a member of staff!

We have also started our spring cleans on the garden ready for the nicer weather! New additions to the gardens including our own growing troughs, measuring scales, and a revamped mud kitchen! Our future plans include adding more large scale loose parts such as tree stumps and crates, a music wall and a stage! For our babies we would love to create a sensory garden too with hideout! Watch this space!

We as always would love to hear your views on the changes we have made and if you feel you could help in any way, then please do let us know! You will shortly be receiving parent questionnaire, these are ideal for helping us to shape Cheeky Monkeys! Thank you in advance!


Following on from the recent news articles of children being targeted whilst watching videos on you tube etc, we have updated our policies and will be working with our staff and children to explore how to stay safe online. In our ever changing and fast paced world, using technology is essential; at Cheeky Monkeys we believe that we can use technology to boost our children’s learning for example during their investigations to support their learning or to explore answers, however, this needs to be done in a safe manner.

Below are a few websites that we have sourced that are useful for you to view to ensure you are doing all you can to keep them safe and also some you can view that can be used with children:




If you have any concerns or would like support in this area then please talk to me and I will happy to discuss how we can help further.

Winter hunt

Wow! What can we say, thank you so much for all of you who have brought in your bags of goodies, they have loved showing them off and they have all had such good use already! For example, the tea pots and cake stand have already been part of many a afternoon teas and the curtain rings have been perfect for developing our babies hand-eye co-ordinating by hanging them off a mug tree, and all the wonderful feathers, leaves and sticks have created some great art, conversation starters and textures to explore! We will also be using these further as we start to introduce more transient art, in order to develop this further we would love any old photo frames they could use to frame their pictures! Thank you.

Mothers Day

Mothers day is fast approaching and we will be holding our annual mothers day tea party on 1st April between 1.30-3pm, it would be lovely to see as many of you there as possible, look out for invitations due out shortly.

Dates for your diary

Thursday 7th March: World book day

Wednesday 3rd April: A special trip to see the fire engine and planes at the Essex airfield for preschool

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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 info@cheekymonkeysessex.co.uk or call any of our nurseries direct.


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