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Parliamentary Review



Please be advised that we now have a new policy in place. This will be added to our Policies and Procedures in the Parent Handbook – Click here to read the Policy


Monday 30th March

Nursery re-opened today for children of Key Workers only. If you believe that you qualify for this service and need child care to be able to work please email us – Click Here

Parents must apply by following the below link and filling out the relevant form –


We are over the moon to announce that the review has now been published! Our BEST PRACTICE article can be viewed online by following this link – Cheeky Monkeys Article


I have had a wonderful 4 weeks in the Growing Gorillas room and had a brilliant time working in such a nurturing environment. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all children, staff and parents who made me feel so welcome. I really enjoyed my last student placement and my favourite moments include the stick collecting trips to Durrell, the animal encounters, watching the children hammering nails to create hedgehogs, making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday in the fire pit and finally the children asking me to write about them in “my book”. This did, however, defeat the point I was making about doing observations naturally!

Despite this, I have collected a range of observations, that I will properly collaborate when I go back to College but I can verify at this moment in time that there is certainly a strong link between risky play and wellbeing/development which I discovered in my observations and through my own reading. 

Cheeky Monkeys certainly has many opportunities for Risky play! With the recent weather, we even had to come inside because it was too windy! It was wonderful to watch the children encouraging one another to try new things, telling each other what they should and shouldn’t be doing and finally being able to manage their own risks independently and confidently, even if sometimes they needed a little encouragement from one another or a practitioner to hold their hand over some slippery logs.

MEET TARA – January 2020

We are delighted to welcome Tara to Cheeky Monkeys for a month, please see her introduction below…

My name is Tara McCarthy. I was born and educated in Jersey and I am now a Norland Student in Training at the University situated in Bath. I am in my final year of study for a BA Honours Degree in Early Years Development and Learning. Once I have completed my final year I will be moving to London where I will be working with a family for a period of one year in order to acquire the Norland Diploma and at the end of that year I will have become a fully qualified Norland Nanny.

I am going to be finishing my ninth placement at Cheeky Monkeys where I will be carrying out my dissertation research exploring the link between risky play, behaviour and emotional development.

I enjoy teaching children valuable life skills and hope to one day enable each and every one of them to achieve their full potential. I have worked alongside many wonderful families in both Jersey and the UK.


By Lucy Cooper – Mini Meerkats Supervisor

I have recently graduated with an FdA Childhood Studies degree at level 4 and level 5. It has taken a long 4 years, studying part time at highlands college.
The graduation ceremony was held at the Opera House on Thursday 10th October with lecturers from both Jersey and Plymouth present.
We collected our scroll on stage in front of friends and family and then celebrated with drinks and canapes at the Grand Hotel.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work full time at Cheeky Monkeys throughout. Although it’s been a challenging 4 years.. being able to work my 38 hours in 4 days (with 1 day at college) to complete my studies has been very beneficial to me and my future.
I feel very proud that I have gained a degree qualification whilst working full time. It just goes to show that anything is possible if you put your mind to it! This has also given me the confidence to continue my studies and complete another degree.
Juliet has been nothing but supportive throughout my studies and continues to be so as I now work towards an honours degree, studying part time for another 2 years.



Congratulations to our lovely Stacey on the birth of Vinnie Lee, born 17th September, weighing a healthy 9lb8oz! A baby brother for Dylan. Well done Stacey, he is gorgeous 💙


Hot off the press! Juliet features in this years ‘Directions’ career magazine. You can take a look at her informative article here, on page 40 – READ ME


Cheeky Monkeys was recently invited by Lord Pickles of the influential Parliamentary Review to take part in its publication, as an exponent of “best practice” in our industry sector and we are thrilled that our work has been recognised by the Review.

We are thrilled to share this good news with you!

If you would like to know more about the Parliamentary Review, the website is –


Some of you may have noticed that our ‘ZEN DEN’ has had a bit of a makeover! This is a large shaded area located next to our sand pit.

We have now made this area into our outside ‘SLEEP ZONE’ with new rubber safety flooring.

Being an outdoor nursery and spending so much time in our beautiful outside environment we wanted to adapt this area to fit in well with our approach and meet the needs of our children.

During the warmer months the children will still sleep on our fold out day mattresses, with their own sheets and blankets. A member of staff will be present with the sleepers at all times.

We will be encouraging as many of the children to nap outside as possible. There are many health benefits to sleeping within the natural environment which include stronger immune systems, improved brain development, bone and muscular development, social and cognitive development and overall better emotional wellbeing. It also decreases children’s exposure to germs in enclosed spaces.

The outside environment has a calming effect on children and allows them to fully relax, falling into a deeper sleep at nap time 😴

FESTIVAL OPEN DAY 🌿☀️ September 2019

Wow, what a fantastic turnout for our annual Festival Open Day!

Thank you to all of the businesses that attended, the staff for their hard work and dedication and of course our lovely parents that donated cakes for the big Jersey Child Care Trust cake sale.


We had firepit popcorn and toasted teacakes on offer aswell as lots of yummy cakes! Fitness fun, yoga and gorilla painting. Lots of books for sale plus cheeky t-shirts and greeting cards. Les Ormes Swim Academy with their lucky dip and Jersey Library with their brilliant books! Fabulous facepainting, glitter and hairstyle fun!

Until next time….!


Just a reminder that t-shirts are always for sale to parents at the nursery (and of course our open days!) they are £6.50 each, as modelled below!

🎓GRADUATION DAY 🎓  July 2019

What a fantastic morning we had for our Pre-School graduation!

Thank you so much to all the parents that attended.

Some of the children have been with us from the very start, so it was especially emotional 😥 🤧

Best of luck on your next chapter Growing Gorillas… we will miss you! 💫

CHICO, our GO WILD GORILLA – July 2019

A group of 43 small gorillas are to be released into the wild to celebrate Durrell’s 60th anniversary. They have been designed and decorated by children and we were lucky enough to be given one, sponsored by Deloitte.

We named ours Chico and the children used leaves from our herb garden to decorate him.

What a marvellous job they have done!

Juliette, our Student – July 2019

Hello, my name is Juliette Robert, I am 16 years old and I am French.

I passed my GCSE’s 2 years ago and I have recently taken my first A level exams. I met the Manager Juliet when I was young, as my mum went to school with her. I got the chance to hear all about Norland and dreamed of being Mary Poppins as a child! To me, it is the perfect job and I have wanted to be a nanny for a long time !!!

All of this started to materialise when I went to a Norland’s open day 2 years ago.

It has been 3 years since I started gaining experience, looking after children and babysitting for relatives or other families. I would like to do as much as possible before I enrol on the course.

In France, during our year 10 class we get to do an internship and so I went to a primary school for 1 week. In the mornings I was doing activities with the 2 to 4 years old and in the afternoon lessons I was with the 7 years old.

All of these experiences make me realise that I have to be surrounded by children, in the job I choose for the future.

Pirates & Princesses – Friday 21st June 2019

We had a lovely day at our Pirates & Princesses fundraiser for the Jersey Child Care Trust 🏴‍☠️ 👸

There were lots of fantastic fancy dress efforts and we raised £183.00! So a huge thank you to all the parents that donated.

Thank you so much to Alice from the Jersey Child Care Trust for singing & signing with the children.

What a beautiful day to be outside ☀️

Click here to see a video!

Woodlands Workshop – Saturday 13th April 2019

We welcomed Woodlands Nursery from Guernsey for a professional development workshop. They are a new nursery who are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, much like ourselves.

It was a successful and informative day, with the sun shining down on us! 

“We absolutely loved it. You should be so proud. Thank you!”

Here’s a little peak of the itinerary we planned for them:

9.00am – Welcome and Staff introduction, a little bit about Cheeky Monkeys.

9.15am – Garden show around.

10.00am – Nursery show around.

10.45am – Snack time! Fire pit hot chocolate and toasted tea cakes.

11.15am – Loose parts ‘about me’ activity.

11.45am – Feedback to the group, why we use loose parts and the importance of natural resource in play.

12 – 12.30pm – Question and Answer session, revisit the nursery if required.

Gong hei fat choy! 🇨🇳🌟 Tuesday 5th February 2019

Over the last few weeks the children from Growing Gorillas have been learning about chinese new year and creating some beautiful authentic masterpieces.

Today we celebrated with Betty’s delicious beef and black bean sauce with noodles, using chopsticks!

The children also enjoyed prawn crackers and fortune cookies.

Top marks from Environmental Health ⭐️

After a spot check from environmental health in January, we are very pleased to announce our 5 star rating for the third year running! Hats off to our chef Betty.

From a Miss to a Mrs – New Years Eve 2018 💕

A huge congratulations to our Deputy Manager Jodie and her new husband Richie who were married at The Grand Hotel on New Years Eve. A truly magical day… 💫

Wilma Allan Ceremony – Thursday 1st November 2018

CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Sarah Hampton-Smith who won the Jersey Child Care Trust’s ‘Wilma Allan Award’ this year.

An annual award to recognise excellent practice of childcare students on placement with babies and/or toddlers up to 2 years of age.

Juliet, Jodie and our room supervisors attended a lovely awards ceremony on November 1st 2018 at Government House.

Here are some photo’s of Sarah and the team receiving our prizes!


During my first and second years at college, I have gone from a student at cheeky monkeys, to a permanent member of staff working alongside a lovely team. In addition to this, I have been able to experience all of the three age groups and make close relationships with the children in each room. I am thoroughly enjoying my time at cheeky monkeys, especially getting involved in all things creative. Whether it be the ‘Go Wild’ fundraiser for the zoo and dressing up with the children or the ‘Pirate and Princess day’ fundraiser for the Jersey Child Care Trust. I love taking part in fun activities with the children such as potion making and face painting, or simply creating fun role play scenarios and getting messy during sensory activities. Each day my priority with the children is that they are happy, healthy and enjoying their time at nursery, as it is known that children learn best when happily engaged in their play. I would like to think that the children enjoy coming to nursery each day as I know that I love working with them, in such a brilliant setting.”

Sarah Hampton-Smith

Click here to find out more about the Jersey Child Care Trust

CHILDREN IN NEED – Thursday 15th November 2018

Thank you so much to Pudsey Bear and BBC Radio Jersey for visiting us at nursery today! The children were super excited.

The children all brought a Teddy Bear to nursery for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and the fancy dress effort was fantastic!

They also made yummy cakes and treats, for a big cake sale end enjoyed toasted crumpets around the firepit.

Donations were gratefully received and we raised a whopping £518.00!

FESTIVAL OPEN DAY – Saturday 15th September 2018

WOW…. what an Open Day!! ☀️💛

Thank you SO much to everyone that visited us on Saturday, with special thanks to our lovely parents, who took time to make, bake and buy treats for the Tea Party 🍰☕️

We had lots going on, including feather crown making, home made fire pit popcorn, face painting and so much more!

Thanks also to the businesses involved that helped to make the day so fun and fantastic –