Exploring the Environment with Monkey Puzzle

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Our environment enables your child to explore, develop and learn through spaces designed and equipped especially with them in mind. You’ll see many familiar homely items like bookcases, tables, chairs, and sofas – just much smaller than you are used to!

At Monkey Puzzle Woodford, we consider the environment to be your child’s third teacher. Due to this, it joins you as parents and us as educators in guiding your child through their learning. Additionally, you’ll notice how we use our garden area as an outdoor classroom too. This is because it is full of features to support their play and learning.

Moreover, we keep many aspects of our nursery surroundings consistent. We do this as we know your child will benefit greatly from this regularity. It is reinforced with core resources, enriching toys, games and creative materials, which are always at hand to play with. However, it is not unusual for parts of our nursery to become unique adventure places. This is because it encourages your child’s imagination to run free!

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Babies Environment

Our babies environment offers so much for the youngest children at our nursery, providing them with a space that caters for their quickly developing needs. Space for cosy cuddles and stretches in their infancy, toys and activities to boost their physical development – rolling, sitting, standing, and striding. And place for that all-important exploration as they begin to make their mark on their little world. To support this our babies environment provides more space per individual child than the older children at the nursery. In doing so, it enables babies to master their movement and interactions before progressing on their nursery journey. 

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Toddlers Environment

Around the age of 24 months, the children progress to the Tweenies and Toddlers rooms, introducing them to a world of possibility!  We carefully design the layout and equipment to give Tweenies and Toddlers many opportunities to challenge themselves through exploring freely to manipulate and master the toys, games and learning resources.  In these rooms, we see your child introduced to caring for themselves and taking their first steps towards independence with potties, toilets and sinks available within the room where your child will be supported, guided, and encouraged.  You will notice that we have many familiar household items and features available for your child to play with, this supports your child’s natural desire to imitate what they see you and other adults do around them, with smaller versions designed with their development solely in mind. 

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Pre School Environment

Your child will embark on their pre-school journey with us at around three years old, enjoying an enriching learning environment that fully supports their individual needs as well as the group activities and play. There will be some guided areas, such as construction area, home corner, book area, and creative spaces for music and art.  To complement these, we provide a range of areas and activities which serve different purposes to inspire your child’s imagination and role play, they’ll be able to safely explore feelings and friendships, develop problem-solving, and have space available where they can have quiet time and reflection.  Their time in the pre-school environment leads them towards starting their school journey, where their first year at school sees them complete their Early Years Foundation Stage journey that began at our nursery. 

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