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Our nursery environment and facilities enable your child to explore, develop and learn. Our Baby, Toddler and Preschool spaces are specially designed and equipped especially with them in mind. You’ll see many familiar homely items such as bookcases, tables, chairs, and sofas just much smaller than you are used to!

We consider the spaces around them to be your child’s third teacher, joining you as parents and us as educators in guiding them through their learning. And you’ll notice how we use our garden area as an outdoor classroom too, full of features to support their play and learning. Our Baby, Toddler and Preschool rooms are perfect for the ages of children that spend their time in them.

We keep many aspects of our nursery environments consistent as we know your child will benefit greatly from this. With core resources, enriching toys, games and creative materials, that are always at hand for your child to play with. However, it is not unusual for parts of our nursery to become unique adventure places where your child’s imagination can run free!

Babies Environment

Our mobile and non-mobile babies benefit from a large, bright, open plan day room, well equipped with the latest in sensory equipment to test their senses and encourage development.

As babies spend a lot of time sleeping at this early age, we provide a dedicated sleep room. We constantly monitor the room temperature in the day nursery to ensure the babies are comfortable at all times.

There will never be more than three babies to any one member of staff, so you can be assured that your little one will get the essential attention they need at this stage in their life. Your child’s key person will take care of all your child’s personal needs whenever possible.

Toddlers Environment

When your child moves up a stage, their day is structured around their changing interests. Our nursery equipment has been carefully selected, allowing your child to discover at their individual level of understanding.

The room focuses on the primary area’s of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ framework and encourages learning through play. We have created various dedicated areas offering different activities. The ‘Story Corner’ where children can sit in a group and listen to stories, sand and water play area, a construction area to develop coordination and a messy play area for getting mucky. Toddlers also benefit from a staffing ratio of one member of staff looking after no more than four children and supervised access to our fantastic playground.

As this is the time when the majority of children start ‘toilet training’, this area is equipped with brightly decorated children’s toilets, encouraging independence.

Preschool Environment

Preschool children also follow the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’. We support them and prepare them for their eventual move from day nursery to school. This is a more settled routine, with children working in small groups.

Through our observations of children learning through play, we are able to introduce adult led activities that follow the interest of individual children, linking them to the seven areas of learning:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding of the world
  • expressive arts and design

The children have open access to the playground every day (free flow) from their room and complete a lot of their daily activities outside through choice. The playground also reflects the areas of learning and allows problem solving on a grander scale.

Outdoor space

At Monkey Puzzle Muswell Hill, we understand the importance of having outdoor spaces available to our children to give them room to run, play and expend their energy. The area is designed for all weathers too so, sunshine or rain, there is always the opportunity for fresh air. The playground also reflects the areas of learning and allows problem solving on a grander scale. All our children get the opportunity to go on local educational trips, and whether it be to the local shops or places of interest, we always risk assess our outings and ensure that ratios are adhered to. We also invite the local businesses and the emergency services to come in and talk to the children about safety awareness and their community

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babies care

Care

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Nutrition

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Settling In

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Curriculum

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Meet the Team

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