Seasons Greetings from Monkey Puzzle

October News

We are recruiting!

Monkey Puzzle Golders Green is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Level 2 Nursery Practitioners with at least 2 years in a nursery setting
Level 3 Nursery Practitioners with at least 5 years experience in a nursery setting

We are looking for enthusiastic Nursery Practitioners to help us deliver outstanding care in our nursery setting. If you think you have what it takes and are looking for a new position, please forward your CV to us and your availability for interview as soon as possible.

We will provide opportunities for training and progression to the right people. As a new and expanding venture we offer the opportunity to grow your skills and experience with us.

Please click below for our list of expectations and responsibilities for the various roles carried out within our nursery:

Celebrating Eid

As part of our commitment to be an inclusive setting, we value and celebrate all cultures. In September, we celebrated the Islamic festival of Eid ul Azha. We had parents come in to do some cooking and arts activities with the children, readings about the festival, we made Eid cards for the families and enjoyed some delicious Asian cooking.

Notting Hill Carnival

We celebrated the Notting Hill Carnival at the nursery by organising our very own fun packed day for the children and the families. There was face painting, music playing, African carnival music, festive hat making, arts and crafts and a delicious range of African food prepared freshly by our fantastic chef, Stephanie.

The parents and staff had a great time, with many dressing up for the occasion to promote the British Values of mutual respect and appreciation of different cultures. Look at our fabulous pics.

Our New Mascot

As part of promoting British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect, our children has a chance to vote for the gender and name of our new Nursery Mascot! Everyone said hello and introduced themselves to RUPERT and showed excellent skills deciding on a name for him once they agreed the monkey would be a boy. The children and staff will take turns taking Rupert home for the weekend and teach him all sorts of wonderful things about their cultures families. We will then form a playbook full of photos and stories of Rupert’s experiences. Watch this space!

Our first pre-school graduation!!

Our little class of 2017 graduated on 28th July with not a dry eye in the room! How proud we were of our little ones as they set sail for school in the new term. The families and staff had a lovely time together, the children got their graduation gowns and certificates, little trophies and to top it all of – a special customised cake with their names on it! All our younger children helped prepare the backdrop for their older friends’ graduation photos. Take a peek here.

People who help us…

Our lovely parents got involved this month with a visit from a parent doctor and a parent teacher!

The children were able to talk openly about what happens when they go to the doctors. One child said. ‘I went to the doctor he made me better’ and another said ‘My dad went to the doctors too’. They had an opportunity to listen to heartbeats with a stethoscope which led to a lot of giggles! The children had a really good time learning about the role of doctors and how they help us get better.

We had also had another visit from a parent who’s a teacher! She spoke to the children about what to expect at ‘big school’ in September. Our parent teacher showed them a number of exercise books with lines showing them what to expect and they all had a go at writing too! The children were offered boards to practice their mark making/writing skills and had a fun time doing so. A big thank you to both our parents for their time and enthusiasm! We loved having you with us.

May News

Our theme for the month is ‘People who help us’ and we have a busy month of activities planned for the kids. The Metropolitan Police have already paid us a visit and spoken to children about the number 999 and when to dial it. They even let our little ones see their baton, radio, camera and handcuffs! The children had a look at the police vehicle and learn that emergency services take people through to the Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade or Lifegaurd Service!

We have the Fire Brigade coming soon and our lovely Parents who are Doctors are popping in all month to talk to the kids about medicine, health and teeth!

March News

Take a look at some of the wonderful activities we’ve had going on at Monkey Puzzle Golders Green this month…

Mother’s Day

We hosted our very first Mother’s Day breakfast for our lovely mummies on 22nd March. Mums had a chance to catch up with staff and receive a red rose from their children as a little thank you for all the wonderful things they do. Take a look at some of our heart-warming pictures – we dare you not to say “aww”!

St Patricks Day

We celebrated St Patricks Day by turning the nursery green on 16th March with staff, kids and decorations being turned green. The children spent the day decorating shamrocks, learning about St Patrick’s Day and doing a lot of arts and crafts.


March also saw the nursery celebrate the Hindu of Holi which marks the arrival of Spring. It is known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love” and we like to celebrate love in across all our brilliant cultures and religions. Staff had a great time chasing the kids around our garden with coloured powder and the children loved not just the messy play but also the tidying and washing up afterwards. Their colourful t-shirts are on display in the classroom as a reminder of our fun day.