I cannot recommend Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery more highly. Our son started at the nursery from around 9-months-old and he flourished from the beginning. The staff is absolutely fantastic and I felt completely happy with him being there – I knew that he was going to get top-quality childcare and be safe and happy. We love the Monkey Puzzle team!

Cathy B (Mother of child)

Monkey Puzzle is home from home for my little boy. As soon as we stepped through the door we felt welcomed. Continued fun activities are supplied throughout the day for the children and are based on the children’s interests. I am also able to keep track of his daily meals, nappies and sleeps while I’m working as well as seeing photos and observations of how he’s developing. My son has come on in leaps and bounds since joining Monkey Puzzle and has become so much more confident in himself. The staff are kind, approachable and very knowledgeable. As soon as we step in the door in the morning, my son is greeted with big smiles and warm welcomes. He holds his arms up for cuddles with all the staff which makes me so happy. He is offered nutritional tasty meals and his allergies and dietary needs are well catered for with substitutes based on the same as the other children’s meals so he doesn’t miss out on enjoying things with his friends. All in all I would 100% recommend Monkey Puzzle.

Lauren N

My son has been going to Monkey puzzle Colchester since September 2019, since attending Monkey puzzle he has advanced so much, he had a brilliant time there on every day he attended, he’s got some lovely bonds with the staff, we always knew that my son was safe and well looked after, we were always told how he has been exactly what he’s done, what he had mealtimes and how much of it. He is only had to leave because we are moving further afield, the team are amazing always happy to help, the only thing I could ask is that the nursery and team move with us ?? Thank you Monkey Puzzle Colchester For everything.

Chris

There is nothing bad I could say about the nursery! My little boy loves it and has created such a great bond with all the staff when joining everyone does everything they can to make sure that you’re comfortable. Lovely place, clean, affordable and overall just a safe place for your children to be without worry also they update throughout the day to let you know what your child is doing.

Chloe S

Great nursery, a place which your child can learn and have fun at the same time. Manjit the owner is very helpful and gets things sorted ASAP. Would recommend to all parents. My little boy attends there and loves it barely says goodbye as I leave him as he’s too busy running in to enjoy the day.

Amy Q

My daughter has been at Monkey Puzzle since September and we are so pleased with the nursery. The staff are excellent! My daughter’s key worker Leanne is so attentive to her needs and they have an excellent bond. My daughter is only 21 months old and since attending has come on leaps and bounds with her development which I think a lot is down to the amazing experience she has at monkey puzzle. I would highly recommend this nursery to any parents in the area.

Holly B

A family run business by parents who have young children themselves. All the staff are exceptionally warm and caring and take the time to talk about our daughters day, achievements and needs. The space is fantastic and fully equipped with everything our daughter needs to learn, play, be creative and have endless fun. We get updates daily via the parent zone app and I love looking through the gallery of her photos. Since returning back to nursery after lock-down our daughter is thriving and all at Monkey Puzzle have made it a safe environment without disruption or confusion for any of the children. I would highly recommended them to anyone.

Rosie G

Our daughter attends Monkey Puzzle for 15 hours a week and really enjoys her time there. The staff are brilliant which has helped our shy daughter flourish in a new environment. The children are nurtured and given attention all day, not left to play alone like some nurseries. The nursery provides nutritious meals and snacks which even our picky eater enjoys. This nursery gives a feel of community to the children; there is so much care and support provided not only during the normal school day, but for birthdays, holidays, etc. The owners Manjit and Sandy are lovely and always available. They treat their staff with great respect and care, creating a better working environment for them which gives a greater environment for the children. I would highly recommend this nursery to anyone, especially those attached parents, nervously looking for a nursery.

Sarah H

During this experience being a first time mum, returning to work and finding a nursery that you believe is suitable for your child, can be difficult. You just want the best for your Child always. Well this nursery really stood out to myself & my partner. I can’t thank The management & staff enough for welcoming my little human with open arms & for providing the best care. He has learnt so much just being there. I never thought I’d see the day, that my little man would finally drink water out of a sippy cup. I’m impressed He even choses water over milk, finally!. They are always making sure the children are having the most fun, learning lots and achieving always. I love seeing photos of him at nursery, nursery is always keeping us updated & always coming up with new Activities for the children. I love the fact they teach the children sign language too. I found that this nursery provided more Activities for the children. I found the staff are a lot more happier & positive which is what I want around my child. What I love is that management treat the staff & award them as well for all their hard work. You just know if the staff are well looked after , you know your child is too. A huge thank you to all the staff that look after my little boy. He is more confident at things, he even comes home so exhausted, must be enjoying it. I really appreciate everything you all do for him. I can’t imagine it’s an easy job to do but I know you all put your heart into it. So thank you so much. Thank you for looking after my little boy during this pandemic. You are all brilliant.

Nicole S

Our Daughter has been going to Monkey Puzzle since they first opened. She absolutely loves it and is excited to go every day. During lockdown she was asking to go every day. She has developed amazingly since being there and she comes home and teaches us the things she has learned. The staff and facilities are fantastic and there is constant two way feedback which, with the Parent Zone app, is in real time as we can see things like nappy changes and meals as they happen with a summary of what they have done at the end of the day. We are both shift workers and the nursery has been very flexible and accommodating with the occasional short notice ad hoc session thrown into our normal routine. We would highly recommend Monkey Puzzle.

Chris H

My step-daughter loves this nursery! I often drop her off and pick her up and the staff are always very friendly and provide a comprehensive handover. The management are easily approachable and in my experience, they go above and beyond for both the children and their parents. My step-daughter has attended this nursery since it opened and it is clear to see the benefits and influences it has on her, for example, she has made many friends here and it definitely aids with her social confidence. Monkey Puzzle are always providing fun, interactive activities for the children, photos of which are updated onto the app, so you can see what your child has been doing and they also provide details of what they’ve eaten, too. The Manager, is very interactive with parents, sending regular emails to check-in and ask for feedback or any suggestions.Overall, all things considered, I would 100% recommend Monkey Puzzle to anyone who is looking for childcare in the area!

 

S T (Stepfather of child)

I cannot recommend this setting enough! Since my son started here he has been so happy. He loves coming to Monkey Puzzle. The staff are very communicative and approachable, the setting is safe and secure, the menu choices are fantastic, and the site has sufficient parking for ease at pick up and drop-offs. The staff here are so conscientious, it really shines through no matter which team member you speak to. There is a real sense of community between parents and staff. The app they use to communicate is great so I can rest assured my son is having a great day with updates throughout the day. Covid has put a massive strain on these types of provisions but Monkey Puzzle have handled them amazingly assuring me all measures are in place and my son is as safe as possible during the current climate. Regular communication is in place and you really do get such a great vibe from this place. I would highly recommend Monkey Puzzle to anyone.

Kirsty M (Mother of child)

 My son has been going to Monkey Puzzle for nearly a year now and my partner and I could not be happier with the nursery we have chosen. He always goes in to nursery and comes home so happy. From the staff who care for him to the management who run the day to day operations I highly recommend this place as a safe and caring place to leave your children.

Adam S (Father of child)

When myself and my partner were looking for nurseries for our little boy we had high expectations as to what we were looking for, I went and viewed Monkey puzzle with my son on an open day and I knew that this had to be the one, my partner viewed it a couple of days after and agreed, our sons been there since September and he has advanced to no end, we are very happy with how far he’s come.
I seriously recommend Monkey Puzzle Colchester, if you are looking for a nursery for your child definitely give them a look you won’t be disappointed

Chris P (Father of child)

My daughter started at monkey puzzle when they first opened and has now last week graduated, she loved every minute of being at nursery and still now wakes up saying can I go to nursery today, all staff at the nursery have always been incredibly friendly and supportive since day one, they have fun and educational activities which she has always enjoyed, especially expressing her love to perform with singing and dancing, they have a well-balanced meal plan and as a parent can see everything my child does and eats in a day through the parent zone app which is very helpful.

Lee S (Father of a child)



The staff here is absolutely brilliant! My daughter has been going there since day 1 and she has come on leaps and bounds and loves going to nursery! Her key workers have always been really involved and have shown a keen interest in her development. The managers are always asking for feedback which indicates to me that they want to offer the best care for my daughter, which is what every parent wants from their nursery.

Karl C (Father of child)

 

“My son has settle in to Monkey puzzle so quick. I highly recommend them great staff and kids are always doing something fun”Justine

“Our son joined monkey puzzle in June after leaving another setting and it was the best decision we could have made, he is so happy here, all the staff are amazing and friendly, my son has made very strong connections to every member of staff and his learning has come on leaps and bounds. We feel really supported by everyone at the setting and are greeted by smiles no matter how early it is, we feel Sandy has gone above and beyond to accommodate our situation and could not be happier that this is where our son goes.” – Immogen

“I recommend monkey puzzle. I and my sister went round Stanway in search of a good nursery and monkey puzzle stood out. The staff were welcoming. The school very neat. My son very excited to go to school each morning. I’ve noticed so many changes in his communication skills. We really love it there.” Mother of child

“I can not recommend monkey puzzle enough. All our worries were swept away in a week, the teachers are amazing, The classrooms are clean and tidy, equipment is well looked after, communication between teachers and parents is excellent. For us the most important thing was that our little one can settle in easily and wouldn’t feel left out because of Language barriers, but the teachers are skilled and helpful. They pay so much attention to each child individually and they also teach them to play in teams and last but not least the owners are always there too, every day making sure every child and parent is happy. We will be sad to leave when its time for school.” – Balazs

“From our very first visit, my daughter and I were made to feel extremely welcome! I’m a first-time mum and it was the first nursery I visited so naturally, I had lots of questions. The nursery manager couldn’t have been more helpful! She has a warming and bubbly nature and shows very genuine care and interest in the children and their parents. My daughter has been going to Monkey Puzzle for a few weeks now and has had a bit of separation anxiety as she isn’t used to being away from me. During this time, all of the staff including the director, have been brilliant in supporting us both, by suggesting different approaches and putting my mind at ease by giving me a call after I’ve left to let me know once my daughter has settled, or uploading photos to the parent app. Overall, it’s modern, safe (CCTV everywhere), well established and stimulating. Loving the monthly newsletter and special events such as dressing up and Mothers’ Day Tea too! Cannot recommend this nursery enough!” -Laura

“My daughter has recently joined Monkey Puzzle after we moved to the area in December. After viewing several nurseries in the area I really struggled to find one that matched the quality and care of her previous nursery. After an initial visit to Monkey Puzzle I was left impressed by such a lovely space with brand new equipment and in particular the time the team took to show us around and talk through our expectations, meet our daughter’s grandparents, understand our needs for our daughter and listening to how we wanted her nursery experience to be. All the staff have been particularly supportive and caring and we receive regular updates throughout the day with lovely pictures of her enjoying the many fun activities the nursery team organise for the children. The team will always ask how we are which I really appreciate. I am extremely pleased with our choice of nursery and I know our daughter will thrive in the environment the team at Monkey puzzle have worked hard in creating.” – Rosie

“If you are looking for a friendly nursery, where the staff and management work with you to achieve the outcome you want for your child then look no further. As older first-time parents, our main concern was to ensure that our infant son ended up somewhere clean, safe and secure and where he would get peer interaction and lots of cuddles! We looked at 5 other nurseries before choosing this one. Despite the 30 minute commute, for us, it is worth the extra effort. Facilities are clean and bright with plenty of space to run around. The staff have been great keeping on top of all things relating to baby’s milk allergy, including dairy free, soya free options – our son adores his carers and loves going to nursery. The special ParentZone app gives us updates on what is happening during the day. We especially look forward to the images. Working with the nursery our son is now on a scheduled routine and gets help managing his dry skin. The perfect nursery for our baby. And yes, he gets plenty of cuddles!”Gabriella

“My daughter has recently joined Monkey Puzzle after we moved to the area in December. After viewing several nurseries in the area I really struggled to find one that matched the quality and care of her previous nursery. After an initial visit to Monkey Puzzle I was left impressed by such a lovely space with brand new equipment and in particular the time the team took to show us around and talk through our expectations, meet our daughter’s grandparents, understand our needs for our daughter and listening to how we wanted her nursery experience to be. All the staff have been particularly supportive and caring and we receive regular updates throughout the day with lovely pictures of her enjoying the many fun activities the nursery team organise for the children. The team will always ask how we are which I really appreciate. I am extremely pleased with our choice of nursery and I know our daughter will thrive in the environment the team at Monkey puzzle have worked hard in creating.”Rosie

“This was one of a few nurseries we took our son to view, and after visiting he seemed to really enjoy himself and he has been attending since the day they opened. It is so lovely to see the relationships he has been building with the staff and the excitement he has for going to nursery. I can safely say he loves being there! And his development is really coming along in the short time he’s been attending. We enjoy hearing about all the activities he’s been up to and seeing his progress via the parent app and look forward to hearing about upcoming events and activities the nursery has planned. If there have been any problems or queries the nursery have gone out of the way to address or resolve them instantly.”Laura

“My daughter has loved coming to Monkey Puzzle since she started back in February. She really enjoys her nursery days and loves all the staff and owners. Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive and always have the time to talk about my daughter’s day and what she has been learning. Monkey Puzzle offers a clean, safe and loving environment. I would highly recommend this nursery!”HB

“A wonderful positive environment. I am so impressed at how well staff interact with the children and redirect unwanted behaviours in a positive way. Our son loves teachers and classmates and so do we. It is obvious that the nursery has our son’s well being, learning and social-emotional growth as a priority. We have been very impressed.” – Shahram

“My daughter has loved coming to Monkey Puzzle since she started back in February. She really enjoys her nursery days and loves all the staff and owners. Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive and always have the time to talk about my daughter’s day and what she has been learning. Monkey Puzzle offers a clean, safe and loving environment. I would highly recommend this nursery!”HB


My daughter started Monkey Puzzle back in March, and I must say, I don’t think I could have picked a better nursery for her. The staff are amazing, warm and welcoming and they listen to everything you have to say and take every suggestion on board. I also feel like they took time out to study my child and cater appropriately to her needs; the report at the end of the day is detailed, which is very comforting for me. The staff really go above and beyond to create an amazing atmosphere and my daughter loves coming to the nursery .” – Qudrat

“After being at a different setting in the area for close to a year, I made the decision to move my child to Monkey Puzzle as it was more convenient and seemed like it would benefit my child better. It has made such a difference to mine and my childs life, my son is considerably happier, more confident, progressed rapidly and has advanced in so many different aspects of development, including learning Spanish! I am so pleased with the nursery in every aspect and I feel so confident that they are caring for my son in the same way I would if I was not working full time, they facilitate every request I make, listen to everything I have to say and take it on board. I am so happy with the team at Monkey Puzzle!”Chloeanne


“Monkey Puzzle is a fantastic nursery. My little girl, who is three, has been going to this nursery since September 2019. She goes two days a week and enjoys every moment, she always leaves there very happy and content. The management and staff are fantastic, hard-working, very approachable and very friendly. The facilities are great, the outdoor area is really good, and the room indoors is very spacious. The snacks and food menus are great, my daughter really enjoys the food there, Best of all, there is a really good selection of activities for my child to choose from and enjoy whilst building up her skills to prepare her; for school starting this year.”Nichola

“The staff at Monkey Puzzle are so welcoming and professional. We moved to Colchester about a year now and I had my son in a previous nursery but he used to cry when I dropped him off or picked him up. I then changed to Monkey Puzzle Nursery and I’ve never seen him so happy, so confident and so keen to go to nursery. Thank you so much for providing an excellent service to our community.” – Bella

“Such a lovely nursery with staff that genuinely care about the children. You can see all the children learning through play and having lots and lots of fun. Nursery very secure, spacious and clean. I would recommend Monkey Puzzle without hesitation. My son love this nursery!” – Lidia

“My one-year-old son started at Monkey Puzzle in December 2019 after I pulled him out of a previous nursery in the Stanway area. I am very happy with how he is getting on at Monkey Puzzle and love the fact he has lots of fun opportunities available in the day for him. The staff in his room are lovely and I feel at ease dropping him off knowing he is having a great day. I would happily recommend Monkey Puzzle to anyone who is looking for childcare.” – Amy

“Very nice and safe place. My two and half-year-old daughter could not settle into the previous nursery that she had been to. The staff at Monkey Puzzle, Colchester have been great and helped her during the settling in process and now she absolutely loves going there. It’s a very neat and clean place and the food is freshly prepared onsite. They cater to individual needs and there is always something else on a plate if the child refuses a meal, so the kids are not tired or hungry at any time. Very friendly and pleasant staff and we are very happy there.” – Sunitha

“Such a lovely nursery with staff that generally care. This nursery is very clean and secure. They bend backwards to help me and my daughter and I would recommend it without hesitation all day long. My daughter loves this nursery.”Katie

“Great nursery with great facilities and staff. Everybody there is kind, helpful and encouraging. Our daughter has been there for over a year now and they have helped her really develop. She had difficulties with speech and they have been working with us to improve this. Since going to the nursery she’s become more confident in herself and with other children. We feel like this is putting her on the right track for starting school. Would highly recommend this nursery.” – James

“My son goes to Monkey Puzzle Nursery in Colchester. He started in Sept 2019 and in only a few months we’ve noticed a difference in him. He’s talking more and seems more confident. He loves talking about what he’s done during the day and about all his friends. I’m so happy with how he has been treated here. The staff are so friendly and helpful. So pleased he’s settled in really well here.” – Abby

“Since day one of walking around Monkey Puzzle Nursery on the open day our daughter has loved going. She wakes up every morning shouting “is it nursery day?” and can not wait to get to nursery on the days she goes. Extremely friendly and professional staff. Well balanced diet for all meal times” 
Danielle

“Our daughter cannot wait for the days she gets to go to her “Monkey Puzzle school”. It has been a wonderful experience watching her start nursery and we all feel welcomed and part of the Monkey Puzzle community” Tora

“Frankie absolutely LOVES coming he started the day monkey puzzle opened and the service he’s received has only been getting better! He loves all the staff and has built such great relationships only this morning he’s done nothing but ask for Shani and Lauren. Also great with dietary requirements. His baby sister will be coming in the future for sure!” Eloise

“My daughter absolutely loves going to nursery here, to the point she never wants to actually come home! Staff are so friendly and helpful; always give me the time of day to tell me what my daughter has been up to and what she has enjoyed etc. Highly recommend! So far, so good~ very good!” Georgina

Before my son came to Monkey Puzzle he never liked nursery, or leaving me, now he rarely even says goodbye 🤣😭 He always plans what things from home he wants to take to show Andrea at the gate, (although we know we cannot take things into nursery from home). This week it was his new lunchbox with a few random things inside, Andrea was so enthusiastic and I can tell Jake is very attached to her. It’s great to see this sort of setting truly appreciating their staff. 🧡  Kirsty

I’d like to say a very big thank you to all the Staff and Management at Monkey Puzzle for the amazing work they do. My daughter loves going to the nursery and enjoys it so much. We’ve seen such amazing progress journey. It’s such a relief & reassuring as a parent to know that their child is safe and well loved and well looked after while at nursery. Thank you, Dayani You guys are all amazing, you all do such a great job!

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