May Update

This month started off with the children taking part in Peppa Pigs muddy puddle walk to raise money and awareness for Save the Children charity. All the children were invited to come to nursery in their wellington boots and splash in muddy puddles and also create an amazing piece of art as well, with their feet and boots. As you can see the children had a great time.  

The Preschool children have been learning what letters are in their name and matching them with the peddles.

The toddlers have also been looking at the shape of letters and using our new alphabet wall in the garden. They have been using their fine motor skills and their fingers to follow the shape of the letters.

 

With the wonderful weather that we have been having recently, the children have had the opportunity to look at the insects that visit us in the garden. They particularly liked the dragonfly they caught with the bug magnifiers.

April Update

Happy Easter Everyone

With Easter fast approaching, the children are in full spring…enjoying the lovely weather in the garden, digging for treasure and planting flowers.

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We would also like to say a BIG Thank you to Rugby Tots who came down to the nursery to give the children a free taster session – the children had a great time catching and running with the ball and a lot of tries where scored.

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As it was Easter this month we set the children a competition to see who could be the most creative in their Easter bonnet making. All of the children put in a lot of effort into making their bonnets, so we decided that all of them are the competition winners. Look out for your prizes they are on there way.

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With the change in the weather, we have decided to develop our garden a little bit more. With the help of the children we have created a construction area. Within physical development we have incorporated some tyres and made an obstacle course for the children to run.  Some children have also extended their play by using these tyres as tunnels and large building blocks.

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March Update

Another term has sprung upon us. This month has been a busy one for all of us here at Monkey Puzzle, with lots more children joining us and the nursery joining the world of twitter @MonkeyPuzzEden

We have been celebrating the Spring Equinox, raising money for Comic relief by dressing up and having a cake sale and showing our mummies how much we love them with creating cards and flowers.

A big thank you to everyone that donated money to a great cause as we managed to raise a whopping £141.45 for Comic Relief. red nose

 

Our preschool children walked to our local market, bought some vegetables to use in play. They put them into soil and pretended to plant them and dig them up. Whilst exploring they came across a worm! The activity then changed to digging for worms. What can you find when digging?    digging IMG_0303 IMG_0302

Our baby room staff have created an amazing  sensory board. They have used various materials, (such as sheer material, carpet sample, sand paper) and put them into photo frames Sensory board

Christine, our chef  has been making bread with our preschool children, they measured out the ingredients, poured them in and mixed them together. Once the bread had risen, the children took the bread home to cook.  We also cooked some here which the children were able to try together to talk about the process from start to finish

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The children also celebrated Mothers day by making cards from their handprints and writing a message inside.

 

February Update

The month of February has zoomed by in a blink of an eye and the children have been as busy as ever taking part in lots of different and wonderful activities. We started the month exploring the sands of time and looking for dinosaurs and creepy crawlies!!!!

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With February being the month of love the children had to get creative for their mummies and daddies by making valentine cards and enjoying heart shaped cookies – yum yum

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We finished the month off with World Book Day with the children and staff dressing up as their favourite characters…

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January Update

January News

January started the same way December finished, busy, with new children and families join us here at the nursery.

This month the theme of the nursery has been winter, which is quite appropriate considering the cold weather recently. The children have been busy making lots of art work that represents winter.

The children have also been using their investigatory skills and looking at the effects of ice. They have been looking at the different texture of ice and also how is ice formed.

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Our book of the Month

This month, the children have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children have been munching their way through the book and even making their own caterpillars.

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Keep an eye out for February’s book of the month.

 

Happy New Year

 

Happy New Year – How lucky are the children to be able to celebrate another New Year in January. With it being the Year of the Rooster, the children have been tucking into lots of tasty food in celebration of the New Year. The children have also been making the very own lanterns as part of the festivals.

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Christmas Party 2016

Welcome to our first Christmas Party here at Monkey Puzzle Edenbridge.

We would like to thank all of the parents that attended our first Christmas party at Monkey Puzzle and made it a special day for the children. The children had lots of fun creating and colouring in the table cloth.  After the children had enjoyed all of the yummy food and party games, we had a special visit from one of Santa’s elves. Who had come down especially to see the children and read them a Christmas story.  She also brought them all an early Christmas present straight from the North Pole!!!

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On a sadder note we have had to say goodbye to Sian as she has decided to go on an adventure and travel the world. We all at Monkey Puzzle wish her the best and safe travels.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Yer to ALL children and Parents from all at Monkey Puzzle Edenbridge.

 

November update

November has been a busy month for us here a Monkey Puzzle Edenbridge, with the children taking part in lots of activities and learning about different festivals.

We started the month looking at Bonfire Night and learning about the history of Bonfire Night. The children look part in a number of different activities linked with fireworks.

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On the 11th November the children took part in Remembrance Day and visited the Royal British Legion monument in Edenbridge. The children also made their own poppies using paper and potatoes cut in half.

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We also had a surprise visit from the local environment officer to look at our catering facilities and after Christine the Nursery chef wowed her with her knowledge and cleanliness, we achieved a 5 star rating. Well done Christine!

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October Update

Spooky goings on at Monkey Puzzle this month

“When witches go riding, & black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near Halloween”

The children have been getting into the spirit of Halloween, with lots of fun activities going on. They have been carving pumping and tasting lots of different scary foods.

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Diwali Celebrations 

This week at Monkey Puzzle Edenbridge the children are going to be learning about the ancient Hindu ‘Festival of Lights’.  We have lots of fun and exciting activities for the children to take part in including, Diwali arts and crafts. We are also going to be making some yummy food for the children to taste so hopefully they will get a great insight into this special Hindu celebration.

 

On Friday 14th October we had our grand official opening of the nursery by local MP Tom Tugendhut. We even made it into the local County Boarder newspaper courtesy of Kevin Black.

Now housed in what was once the town’s NatWest Bank, Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery was officially opened by Edenbridge’s MP Tom Tugenhadt. Monkey Puzzle founder Rebecca Crosby was there along with director Manjeev Khaira and some of the staff. There are 50 Monkey Puzzle nurseries in the UK, including one at the old school in Tatsfield. The Edenbridge facility has capacity for 70 children and is open Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6.30pm.

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September Update 2016

What a busy month! After opening our doors on the 5th September, we have had lots of children coming and completing their settles with us. We are growing in numbers day by day.

The children and the staff also took part in helping to raise lots of money for Macmillan Cancer Coffee morning.  We managed to raise a whopping £150 for the charity, so a big THANK YOU to everyone who took part and donated.

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What an amazing two days of showing off our brand new nursery. I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff for all of their help and especially Christine for her amazing cupcakes. And an even BIGGER THANK YOU to all the parents and children that we had the pleasure of showing around.

We are officially opening our doors on Monday 5th September so if you missed the open days, please feel free to knock on the door or call us on 01732 605341 to arrange a viewing.

Upcoming Open Day

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Open Days on the following dates from 10am to 2pm:

Friday 2nd September

Saturday 3rd September

If you would like to book a personalised tour of our brand new nursery please call Head Office on 0845 272 0898. We can’t wait to show you around and share the exciting plans we have for our children. Please feel free to bring your little ones along for a play!