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Welcome to Monkey Puzzle Highbury

We, the Kent Family, would like to welcome you to our nursery. We started our journey in 2013 with a small team at Monkey Puzzle Highbury, our very first nursery. We spent our time in the classrooms, learning and growing with our first groups of children about how to give them the very best start in life. Through attentive care and teamwork we were able to achieve the highest OFSTED grade, “Outstanding” in all areas at our first inspection.

Now Geoff, Wendy, Rik, Ant and Mike run 4 Outstanding Monkey Puzzle Nurseries in Islington and St Albans together with our extended family – the wonderful teams of dedicated practitioners that we work with. In early 2022, we are so excited to grow our family again with Monkey Puzzle Melody Lane, which will be run to the same high standards with our vision to “inspire children to change tomorrow’s world”.

The Kent Family

Our Nursery Setting – Loxfords House

Built in 1850, Loxfords House was once the residence of the Dent family, renowned Highbury glove makers. Among their impressive list of clients were aristocrats, early entrepreneurs and even royalty.

In 1925 the property was bought by The National Children’s Home, where extensive development took place. In 2008 the building changed hands again to Action For Children, where it was used as their HQ in keeping with it’s previous use.

The property today has been restored by expert craftsmen to it’s original glory, with it’s elegant stuccoed facade, magnificent clock tower and beautifully landscaped gardens providing a wonderful setting for our new nursery.

The nursery itself has been purposefully designed from scratch to provide a light and airy space for the children to learn and grow in a safe a secure environment. Each room is divided into classroom areas, rich with resources and our inspirational team of childcare professionals are passionate about creating an early love of learning for all children

Our nursery offers high quality childcare in our specially equipped nursery for children aged three months to five years old. All of our care is specially tailored to suit your child’s age. We achieve this by placing children into the following age categories: babies, aged three to fourteen months, toddlers & tweenies, aged fourteen months to three years, and pre-school, aged three to five years. Due to our rooms being equipped especially for these ages, we are able to provide that home from home feel.

Monkey Puzzle Highbury is located in the heart of Highbury and is just a 12 minute walk from Highbury and Islington train station.

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We are open 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday for 51 weeks per year.

We are closed for 1 week at Christmas so that everyone in the nursery can have some quality time with their families.

We are open 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday for 51 weeks per year.

We are closed for 1 week at Christmas so that everyone in the nursery can have some quality time with their families.

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Thank you to our Highbury Managers for treating the team to a nutritious lunch this Friday after a long week! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to our Highbury Managers for treating the team to a nutritious lunch this Friday after a long week!

✨*Staff Appreciation* is in full swing at Monkey Puzzle Melody Lane.

The managers have treated their team to breakfast, treats and even their own 'Staffbucks' Area in our dedicated Staff Wellbeing Lounge!

This Friday the 4th of March is Staff Appreciation Day 2022- a day to celebrate our superstar team!

When anyone asks us what makes us different, our answer will always be the same.... the people who work in our nurseries that make the magic happen each day! ✨
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🥰LOVE was in the air last week at our nurseries! 😍
You know we love an excuse to treat our team and we couldn't think of a better way to spread the love on Valentines Day!
A special thank you to our Management Teams who continuously come up with ways to show their appreciation for our superstar team!
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Meet our Monkey Puzzle Melody Lane Team

Today I am delighted to introduce our Melody Lane Nursery Manager....... Francesca Higgins!

Francesca has worked for the company for 5 years now, joining us as Deputy Manager when we opened Monkey Puzzle Angel and supporting the team to receive their Outstanding Ofsted Grading in August June 2016. Three years ago she became Manager of Monkey Puzzle Angel and we are so proud that she will now be leading the opening of Monkey Puzzle Melody Lane.

Here are a few words from Francesca:

Hi I’m Francesca, I’m originally from Essex and have spent much of my life living and working in England. After earning my degree, I took a year out to travel and teach abroad, but in the end I decided that I wanted to continue my journey and development closer to home.

For the last 5 years I have had the pleasure of working at MPA as both Deputy Manager and Manager. I am so excited to come across to Melody Lane and open up the new site. I hope to bring all I have learnt at MPA to the new team and families.

It’s hard to say exactly what it is that makes working with children so engaging. As well as being so cute and funny, I love watching their skills and personalities develop over time!

Outside of work, I’m a big fan of literature and writing. In fact, one day I hope to write my own children’s book and get it published!
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Meet our Monkey Puzzle Melody Lane Team

Today I am delighted to introduce our Melody Lane Nursery Manager....... Francesca Higgins!

Francesca has worked for the company for 5 years now, joining us as Deputy Manager when we opened Monkey Puzzle Angel and supporting the team to receive their Outstanding Ofsted Grading in August June 2016. Three years ago she became Manager of Monkey Puzzle Angel and we are so proud that she will now be leading the opening of Monkey Puzzle Melody Lane.

Here are a few words from Francesca:

Hi I’m Francesca, I’m originally from Essex and have spent much of my life living and working in England. After earning my degree, I took a year out to travel and teach abroad, but in the end I decided that I wanted to continue my journey and development closer to home.

For the last 5 years I have had the pleasure of working at MPA as both Deputy Manager and Manager. I am so excited to come across to Melody Lane and open up the new site. I hope to bring all I have learnt at MPA to the new team and families. 

 It’s hard to say exactly what it is that makes working with children so engaging. As well as being so cute and funny, I love watching their skills and personalities develop over time!

Outside of work, I’m a big fan of literature and writing. In fact, one day I hope to write my own children’s book and get it published!

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Congratulations! Well done 👍🏻

Congratulations 👏🏻

Great , well done , X

Well done Francesca Leanne Higgins.. good luck in your new role xx

Congratulations 👏

Congrats Francesca!! 👍🏻

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This week we hosted our first settles at Monkey Puzzle Melody Lane.
We would like to welcome Bart and Jonas, our first babies to eat, sleep and play at Melody Lane.
Our settle week is broken down into short, regular sessions for children and parents to settle into nursery life. It is planned in partnership with parents and flexible to children routines to mirror their home life.
We have a dedicated sleep room at Melody Lane, with a selection of Cots, Sleep pods and rest mats to suit each individual child and their sleeping habits.
Please get in touch today to have a guided tour of our new Melody Lane site
0207 354 7390 or 0207 226 3820.
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A day in the life of a Pre-Schooler at Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries✨

Children begin their pre-school journey at the age of three, and we are trained and qualified to support their education all the way to them joining school. All children’s development at the nursery is underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage which is the framework that your child will be assessed under in their first year at school. At our nursery we have done so by carefully weaving this into your child’s play each and every day.

As a stepping stone towards their school experience your child will be one of eight children assigned to an educator each day, their key person who will be their advocate and your main point of contact for your child’s care and development.

Pre-school children experience rooms that enable holistic play, where the children themselves create fun scenarios and activities that likely require the writing of lists, the creation of props, assigning of roles, counting and estimating, with stacks of talking and lots of movement. The sounds of pre-school children learning through play are magical! Our educators facilitate this play, through asking questions, prompting reflection and supporting problem solving.

To find out more about Monkey Puzzle Melody Lane, click the link below. monkeypuzzlemelodylane.co.uk

#monkeypuzzledaynurseries #monkeypuzzlefamily #preschool #development #childcare #melodylane #monkeypuzzlemelodylane #highbury #angel #islington
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A day in the life of a Pre-Schooler at Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries✨ 

Children begin their pre-school journey at the age of three, and we are trained and qualified to support their education all the way to them joining school. All children’s development at the nursery is underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage which is the framework that your child will be assessed under in their first year at school. At our nursery we have done so by carefully weaving this into your child’s play each and every day.

As a stepping stone towards their school experience your child will be one of eight children assigned to an educator each day, their key person who will be their advocate and your main point of contact for your child’s care and development.

Pre-school children experience rooms that enable holistic play, where the children themselves create fun scenarios and activities that likely require the writing of lists, the creation of props, assigning of roles, counting and estimating, with stacks of talking and lots of movement. The sounds of pre-school children learning through play are magical! Our educators facilitate this play, through asking questions, prompting reflection and supporting problem solving.

To find out more about Monkey Puzzle Melody Lane, click the link below. https://monkeypuzzlemelodylane.co.uk

#monkeypuzzledaynurseries #monkeypuzzlefamily #preschool #development #childcare #melodylane #monkeypuzzlemelodylane #highbury #angel #islington

The next generation of Kent Family Nurseries have been in to ensure that the rooms are ready for our first settling children today.
Edward has ensured that our STEAM Lab has lots of exciting experiments ready for investigating, Lola has risk assessed our play gym and James has tried and tested our snack offering. I'm happy to share he has given our chef the thumbs up!
Nanny Wendy has also had fun exploring our new nursery with her beloved grand children.

If you would like to come and see our nursery for yourself, call us today to book a guided tour by one of our team.
You can contact us on: 0207 3547390 or 0207 2263820
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The next generation of Kent Family Nurseries have been in to ensure that the rooms are ready for our first settling children today. 
Edward has ensured that our STEAM Lab has lots of exciting experiments ready for investigating, Lola has risk assessed our play gym and James has tried and tested our snack offering. Im happy to share he has given our chef the thumbs up!
Nanny Wendy has also had fun exploring our new nursery with her beloved grand children.

If you would like to come and see our nursery for yourself, call us today to book a guided tour by one of our team. 
You can contact us on: 0207 3547390 or 0207 2263820

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Good luck with the opening of an amazing nursery. I'm sure the children will love it. 😃 xx

Hi there just wanted to say so on the opening of the new nursery we wish you every success in the new challenge xxx

They were perfect examples when we were showing people round too! Very happy customer 💕

Can I enroll ? Good luck , XX

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Looks incredible! Good Luck Melody Lane team 👏 (esp. Francesca Leanne Higgins )

Looks lovely Francesca Leanne Higgins good luck xxxxxx

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