Our aim at Our Monkey Club is to provide a stimulating, motivating, warm and supportive environment for the children in our care and pride ourselves in becoming a favourite place for the children.
Providing the best start for our children
I have spent my entire adult life expanding my understanding of human development and the importance of effective support from the very start of life. This is why I moved from psychology to early years in 2008 and started Our Monkey Club CIC in 2010. I understand the long term implications for a child if we do not get it right for them in those first few years and I have watched our sector buckling under pressure to implement practices that we know are harmful and create long term damage and wanted to make a difference for our children. As a board of directors, we have spent years, personally and professionally, trying to understand the most effective strategies for early years professionals and our extensive and detailed knowledge base underpins all our decision making at Our Monkey Club. I have brought the theoretical understanding from my years as a psychologist and we all brought years of experience working with children as a team of directors to develop a setting that is truly unique. As a team, we have the understanding, the capability, and the motivation to get this right for our children and Our Monkey Club is the perfect opportunity for us to make an impact on the early years sector. We hold the child at the centre of all our thoughts and practices and expect all of our practitioners to do the same. To hold the child in mind looking at the world from their perspective and truly advocate for them, this is our main motivation and drive at Our Monkey Club
- To respect and support the children within our provision as unique individuals and to provide access to opportunities and experiences that will challenge, stimulate and motivate their personal development.
- To continually evaluate and develop our standards and procedures to ensure we provide a safe and stimulating environment for all the children in a provision of the highest quality.
- To recruit and develop a motivated practitioner team committed to the best outcomes for our children with access to suitable training and experiences to develop their personal and professional abilities.
- To work in collaborative partnerships with families, schools and other professionals as an integral part of the child’s network of care.
- To offer a flexible facility that can cater for many individual needs while providing a consistent, stable and warm environment for the child.
- To make sure the children in our care feel cared for, respected and have fun!
Our Board of Directors
We created Our Monkey Club as a Community Interest Company so it would be a non-profit organisation focused only on the needs of the children and not making money. Therefore we became a board of Directors instead of owners.
What do parents say about us
Let's explore what Parents have to say about us...
A really relaxed friendly childcare setting. All the staff are wonderful and the children are all happy. It's like a little family. The children are allowed to explore through play and develop brilliant social skills.My twins love going there, I wish I'd known about it before when my other children were little as I would have sent them there too. Would highly recommend to anyone. Great job Monkey club!
A childcare provider with the children’s happiness and development as the main priority, amazing opportunities and a variety of approaches to ensure your child has the best experience. My boys love attending the setting and the bonds they have made with staff and children are lovely to see.
My daughter has attended Our Monkey Club for 2 years now. She has had the most amazing journey and built wonderful friendships. Staff are very supportive. We will be very sad to leave this summer.
A brilliant nursery for children to explore and expand there imaginations. The children always seem happy and playful. This club is definitely a recommendation for parents to place there children for playing and learning. My daughter has been here a year and has changed so much in herself. Confident and more sociable, mixing with children of all ages. Was definitely the right choice.
Our monkey club is a fantastic setting for both children within the Early Years and after school provision. Both of my children love attending the setting and all of the staff have been nothing but supportive to my children and myself. Highly recommend.
My daughter has been attending Our Monkey Club for over two years now and I cannot recommend it enough! All the staff are lovely and I feel safe in the knowledge that she is being well looked after!
About Our Practitioners
We have an excellent practitioner to child ratio at Our Monkey Club to ensure that each child receives the attention he or she needs.
All of our environments are designed to allow the children to move freely between play spaces to extend their play. Often children will gather food from the 'shop' and then a baby from the home spaces, dress up as a pirate and go outside to take the baby to the beach. This type of extended play is only possible because children have the time, space and freedom.
We understand the importance of positive relationships and our Key Person system allows practitioners to develop genuine and authentic relationships with our children. We focus on time to interact, play, discuss and connect with children and facilitate childrens developing skills when playing and engaging with peers and being a friend.
You know your child is unique and that they have their own minds, ideas, likes, dislikes and motivations... So do we. We keep your child at the centre of all planning for them as they are able to make decisions about where they want to play, how they want to dress and who they want to play with, when they want to eat and what they want to paint or draw.
We understand that children learn through play. It is the oldest, most efficient way to build healthy minds and bodies so we get our of the childs way. We make sure our practitioners understand how to help children extend their learning but to follow the children and seek opportunities to enhance experiences rather than create 'activities'.
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