All children at Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries are encouraged to learn through play. Our Curriculum covers all the key areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage and is designed to meet the needs of each individual child.
We follow the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which sets the standards for learning, development, and care for children from birth up to 5 years of age.
The principles which guide the work of our Early Years Professionals are grouped into four themes:
A unique child – every child is a competent leaner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured
Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key person
Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning
Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different times; all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
There are three prime areas of learning in which our Early Years Professionals support children to learn and develop. These are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
Plus four specific areas of learning. These are:
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
Each child has their own key person to enable them to feel reassured, safe and cared for within our setting. This person also keeps a detailed Learning Journey of the child’s progress during their time with us. These records are available to be viewed and discussed at any time by parents, who are always encouraged to add details of their child’s experiences from outside the nursery.
Extra Curricular Activities
As well as providing all the typical activities you would expect from a quality childcare provider, Monkey Puzzle Bedford also offers a number of extra-curricular activities such as French, Cookery Club, Sing and Sign, Sensory room, Outdoor Explorers and a sand room. We believe these activities are simply part of our nursery and should be made available and enjoyed by all children, therefore these all-inclusive activities are available and provided at no extra cost.
Our extra-curricular activities are delivered by our trained, experienced and dedicated staff, who will help extend the benefits that your child will gain from these superb activities.
Age group 2-5 Years
Babies and young children are born ready and willing to communicate and learn about the world around them.
Learning a new language develops a number of skills and the earlier a second language is learnt the easier it is for children to absorb.
Children’s brains are developmentally ready to accept and learn a foreign language, and fluency comes easily, rapidly and without accent. Language learning is more cognitive than linguistic.
Children who speak additional languages have better critical thinking skills, problem solving skills and greater mental flexibility. It helps to create a deeper understanding and appreciation for humanity and culture which will help enrich children’s life and personal experiences.
Age group 1-5 years
Establishing healthy eating habits in young children is very important and we approach this from various angles at Monkey Puzzle.
As well as offering a well-balanced nutritional menu, we also introduce the children to the process of cooking and producing food.
Cookery provides an interesting and enjoyable experience for children, offering a practical vehicle for learning in many areas. Stimulating children’s senses, developing their motor and manipulating skills, extending their use of math as well as sparking their social and communication skills.
Outdoor Explorers Club
Age group: 2-5 years
Monkey Puzzle Bedford has created it’s very unique and exciting Outdoor Explorers Club. As children gain confidence and improve their self-esteem, this can impact on their emotional and mental well-being. Outdoor Explorers Club sets learning in a different context for children where they can undertake a range of practical activities and carry out small achievable tasks. Children are simulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, increase in their self-belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem solving skills.
Outdoor Explorers promotes physical activity and improves stamina. The experience can also lead to the development and understanding of healthier lifestyles, so expect your children to ask you to take them on trips to woodlands and green spaces. This club can be particularly effective for those children who do not thrive as well as others in the indoor environment.
The wild and yet controlled safe environment of Outdoor Explorers ensures that children taking part naturally learn to assess risk and are encouraged to make sensible and informed decisions about how to deal with unfamiliar and unpredictable situations. Much of the learning comes as a result of the opportunities children have for testing their own abilities in a real-life context.
Sing and Sign
Age group: primarily babies but all age groups will enjoy
Babies use all signs and gestures as a natural part of learning to talk and vocalise their needs.
Sing and sign is a fun way for babies and young children to use signs to communicate with you before speech.
Baby signing is pleasantly rewarding and amazing fun. You will be amazed by what your child is capable of telling you before being able to talk!
Practitioners using signs accompanied by words tends to encourage a greater language input, signing babies can communicate complex things earlier which helps stimulate the building of the brain and circuitry.
Age group: All ages
Allow children to un-lock the power of their imagination in our sensory room.
Giving children the opportunity to experience treasure basket and heuristic play, exploring natural textures, materials and objects. Discovering and experimenting with light and shadows.
Our sensory room allows children an opportunity to unwind, instilling a calm and tranquil space enabling children to relax and let their exploratory minds evolve.
Age group: All ages
Our dedicated sand room is our very own in-door beach!
Sand play promotes physical development, large muscle skills develop as children dig, pour, sift, scoop and transport.
Hand-eye co-ordination and small muscle control improves as children learn to manipulate the sand and its accessories.
Our sand room is a fun way to promote children’s creativity and imaginations as well as developing their social and communication skills.