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May News

Garden Refurbishment

Our garden refurbishment is now complete!

We have further enhanced our areas of learning with new activities in our new fantastic space. If you haven’t yet been outside to have a look please ask a member of staff and they will take you outside!

Staff Update

We have had an exciting restructure of staff in our nursery to accommodate the growing number of children.
The staff team now looks like this:

Hayley (Room Leader – full time 5 days per week)
Leanne (Nursery Assistant – full time 5 days per week)

Fray (Room Leader starts on 22nd May – full time 4 long days)
Kellie (Nursery Assistant – Part time Tues-Thurs)
Wasima (Nursery Assistant – full time 4 long days)
Chelsey (Nursery Assistant – full time 5 days per week)
Amy (Nursery Assistant – Part time 9.30-3 term time only)

Dannielle (Room Leader – full time 4 long days)
Lucy (Nursery Assistant – Part time – 8-11am and 1.30-4pm term time only)
Gemma (Nursery Assistant – Part time 1-5pm)

Eve (Room Leader and Assistant Deputy – full time 4 long days)
Marie (Nursery Assistant – full time 5 days per week)

Bank Staff
Marisa (Part time 9.30-3pm term time only)
Ryan (Part time Thursday and Friday various hours)

Nursery Cook
Debby (Full time – 5 days)

We are currently recruiting for full time level two and three staff members and will update you once we have offered positions.

Online Learning Journals

As you know we are making the move to online learning journals and we will be live by the end of June!
If you have not yet sent your child’s photo permission letter back please ask your child’s key worker for a form. It is essential we have these forms back ASAP please!

Dates to Remember

For term time only children the next half term is May 29th for one week. Please remember that we have inset day on 5th September. Nursery is closed on this day.

Messages from Rooms

Babies and 1-2’s
To all our new children please can you email family photos so that we can make the children’s family books.

If your child is potty training please ensure to bring lots of spare clothes to Nursery.

School places have been confirmed please ensure you let Eve know which school your child will be going to!

Be prepared for all weather!

Please can all children bring sun hats and rain coats to Nursery as the weather has been a bit of both lately! We provide Nivea factor 50 sun cream however if you prefer your child to use a different one then this must be labelled and in nursery each day.

Name our Rooms

We need your help! We want to come up with names for each of our rooms so we are asking parents to suggest ideas. Please take a slip in reception and once completed please place it in our VOTE box.

Mud Kitchen Collection

mud2-v1If you have any old utensils, pots or pans, cutlery or anything that we can use for our Mud Kitchen we would be very grateful for any donations!

Buggies and Scooters

When you drop your children to Nursery please do not bring your buggy/scooters inside they are becoming a serious fire hazard please drop your buggy/scooters to the buggy park and then bring your child in. Please do the same on collection – collect your child first and then go to collect the buggy.

Facebook and Reviews

Please give our Facebook page a like

Please visit and find our nursery page and leave us a review!

April News

April 2017 Newsletter

Garden Renovation
Our garden renovation is now underway and coming along very nicely. The children are still accessing the garden each day however due to the ongoing work we are accessing a smaller part of the garden.

Staff Update
We have welcomed a new member of staff to our 1-2’s Room – Leanne has worked in the day nursery environment for 3 years and is level two qualified.
We also welcome a new bank staff team member Marie, Marie has many years’ experience with children both as a Play Worker and as an au pair.
Amy Pole who joined us last month will now be based with our under 2’s so working with both our baby and 1-2’s rooms.
As you know we have been recruiting for a Room Leader to lead our 1-2’s room, I am pleased to let you know that we have offered the position to an experienced practitioner named Fray. Fray has a two month notice period at her current nursery and so she will join us from 22nd May.

Dates Reminder

inset days
Please remember that we have inset days on 19th April and 5th September. Nursery is closed on these days.

Don’t forget that 14th April and 17th April are Bank Holiday’s so we are also closed.

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March News 2017


All pushchairs need to be put away in the buggy shed every day! There is no room in reception to store them and they are a fire hazard.
Thank you for your co-operation.

Staff Update

We welcome Amy Pole to our Nursery. Amy is training to do her level two in child care and has 3 young children she has previous nursery experience. Amy will be working part time across all rooms term time only.

We also welcome Marisa, Marisa has been with us as a student since June 2016 whilst studying for her level two. Marisa will finish her level two in March. Marisa has two young children and joins us on a part time basis across all rooms.

Dates Reminder


Thursday 2nd March dress up for world book day and bring your favourite story!

Please remember that we have inset days on 19th April and 5th September. Nursery is closed on these days.

Garden Renovation

We are very pleased to let you know that the garden is being revamped and we hope it will be completed within 6 weeks. Astro turf is now going to cover the whole garden area and we will have a decked covered area for outside learning in the rain!

Parent Meetings

ddParent Meetings will now take place on 10th April from 2pm until 6pm. Last time we had parent meetings we had a lot of no shows and no communication. If you are not attending please let us know. Please email us to make an appointment. Slots are 10 minutes long to ensure everybody is seen.

Transferring from Paper!

We are currently in the process of switching from paper to online. This means that children’s learning journeys will be accessible to you via a secure login system at the time of your choice.
This also means that instead of daily diaries/sheets (for those that have them) you will now receive an email each day containing this information.This also means that invoices will now be sent online each month.

As we have over 60 children on roll please be patient whilst we set this up we aim to have everything active by 19th April.
We have incorrect email addresses for some of you and we need email addresses to ensure communication is being sent home and to set up the online system. In your child’s room the room leaders have a sheet for you to write down up to two email addresses please note these email addresses will also be used to set up logins for the parent system.

IPads will be used in the nursery rooms for photographs of children for our online system, the ipads are only used for access to children’s learning journeys.

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July News 2016

Pre-School Graduation

For those children leaving us at the end of term 21st July we will be holding a graduation ceremony on August 6th 2016 from 10.30-11.30am. (Please note this all depends on how many families will be attending)

This will be a chance for the children to receive their graduation certificate and their learning journey folders. It will also be an opportunity for parents to exchange details between each other if you wish to remain in contact with your child’s nursery friends.

If you will be unable to make this date then please let your child’s key worker know so that we can arrange for their learning journey to go home prior to this date. Invitations to this will go out before the end of term please ensure you let us know if you will be attending.


Staff News

Louise Garrett who has worked at the Nursery since January 2015 is leaving us at the end of term 21st July. Louise has achieved her level two whilst working with us and has been an extremely valued member of our team always putting 100% into her work with the children. Louise is very sad to be leaving but has found a position in a school local to her house and will get to spend more time with her two young children. We would like to wish Louise the best of luck and thank her for her continued commitment and passion she has shown to Monkey Puzzle!
Krystina Hunt will be taking over the role as 2-3’s room leader, Krystina was managing our baby room but due to the babies increased mobility and development and that they are all nearing their first birthdays they will now be cared for in the 1-2’s room with Amy and her team. Krystina will officially take over the lead of the 2-3’s room from 18th July.

Wasima Keshtmand has settled into her role as Pre-School Nursery Assistant. Wasima has worked in many schools and is enjoying the change and excitement of being in a Nursery. Wasima is working full time here at Monkey Puzzle.

Sara Port joins us as bank staff – bank staff cover sickness, annual leave and lunch cover. Sara is unqualified and is therefore always supervised by a qualified staff member.

Mandy’s Maternity Leave

storkAs you are all aware I am expecting my second baby due on 7th September. I am also moving house at the end of July. I have a week’s annual leave from 25th -29th July and a few days 1st-3rd August to sort the new house! I am then taking some Maternity Leave and I am sure many of you know how reluctant I am to leave the Nursery even if it is just for a few weeks!
I will be leaving from August 19th and returning on 3rd October.

In my absence Sharn is here as well as Eve who will both be overseeing the Nursery. I will no doubt be popping in when I can and will still be actively involved in the Nursery from home.

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June News 2016

Ofsted Inspection

On May 24th we had our first OFSTED inspection and I am pleased to let you know that we achieved a GOOD grading. A copy of the report is attached.

Parent’s Evening

Parent’s Evening will be from 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Wednesday 22nd June. This is a chance for you to meet with your child’s key worker, discuss their progress and view their learning journey. We have over 85 children on roll at the Nursery and we are therefore unable to offer different days and times for these meetings to take place. Please note that slots are 10 minutes only to ensure we see all parents. There will be time sheets on room doors the week before to allow you to book a slot.

Staff News

Unfortunately our previous chef Amber is no longer working at the Nursery however we welcome Eve Matheou as our new chef! Eve has worked in the catering industry for many years and even accomplished her dream of owning her own café! Eve will be working full time 9.30-5.30 every day.
Our Room Leader in 2-3’s Shae Mahoney has left the Nursery and we are currently recruiting for this position. As soon as we have filled this position we will let you know. Shae’s key children have been re allocated to the other staff in 2-3’s.


Last week we tried a new sign in and out format for children however it was bought to our attention that the sign in and out sheets worked better on the front desk. They will now remain on the front desk so please can we remind you to sign your children in and out of the Nursery.

How you can help us?

  • We are in need of resources for our mud kitchen! If you have any unwanted pots and pans please leave your donations in the office.
  • Our recycling box is still in reception please donate your recycling items to us.
  • Pre-School are turning their role play area into a travel agency, if you have any unwanted travel brochures please give them to Eve in Pre-School.
  • Please can we ask that if you have a spare 5 minutes that you leave a review of the nursery:


May News 2016

Staff News

Some of you have noticed that Eve Aitchison has been away this week. Eve is currently soaking up the Sun in Mexico! Eve will return from her holiday on May 19th and she is missing the children already.

Lauren who was our trainee Nursery Assistant in Pre-School has decided that she no longer wants to work full time in the Nursery.
We have a new member of staff Dannielle Hall who will be taking over Lauren’s position in the Pre-School Room. Dannielle will take over Lauren’s key children and is looking forward to getting to know parents and children. Dannielle joins us from 5/5/16.


Please can parents ensure to collect children on time at the end of each day.We close at 6.30pm and are not insured to have children in the building after this time and our staff have children and families to get home too at the end of a long day! If your child attends for a session please ensure you collect them at the correct time!
If you are running late please call to let us know if someone else will be collecting your child. Lateness is charged at £1 per minute

Themes of the Month

Babies and Tweenies – Under the sea
2-3’s – Transport
Pre-School – At the farm

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Looking for a childcare solution?

Are you looking for quality child care within a setting that has fantastic facilities?

If the answer is yes then give us a call on 02085464500 or email

We are located a few minutes away from Kingston Station with 4 base rooms and a beautiful large garden.

Our friendly team are ready to welcome you!

New Kingston day nursery now open!

We’re pleased to say that Monkey Puzzle Kingston is now open and we welcome enquiries from local parents and caregivers who wish to arrange a tour of the nursery.

Located on Cromwell Road, the nursery is amazingly accessible for busy working parents, just 2 minutes walk from Kingston station and opposite a major bus terminal providing public transport options within easy reach.

Book an appointment to visit the Kingston day nursery now by calling us on 0208 546 4500 and we will happily arrange a time that suits you.

If you would like to register, please request an application form by phone or via email to