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Hi there – I’m Morgan, the Manager of Welcome Nurseries @ Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery and Pre School.

Welcome to our nursery in Colchester, Essex, a welcoming and warm environment where every child matters. I hope this is the perfect place for your little one!

Parents choose this nursery because of our incredible gardens, all of which have been newly refurbished to a really beautiful standard. Separated by age group, large, open and complete with gazebos and astro turf, they’re our pride and joy. Parents also adore us because of our flexibility, especially when it comes to military occupations and key workers.

Located next to the beautiful and leafy Friday Woods, our nursery is incredibly easy to access via the A12, home to on site parking and close to a busy bus stop.

Providing childcare for children aged three months to five years, we ensure that every child feels cherished.

What happens in a day in the life of a Nursery Manager?

What does a normal day involve for you?

My day starts early with a hot drink and a staff meeting, I also like to make a list of everything that I need to do that day before greeting everyone at the door. Throughout the day I enjoy interacting with the children, playing games with them and watching them thrive and learn in such a wonderful environment.

It’s always nice to head out to chat to the parents, say goodbye to the children and make sure that everyone gets home safe and happy at the end of each day.

Why do you love your job?

I adore my job because it’s wonderful to see the children learn, grow and discover new things each day. I really enjoy helping the children and making them happy. I also love the job because of the incredible staff that I get to work with every day, they really do make the nursery feel like an incredibly welcoming and warm place to be.

Why do parents love your nursery?

I think the parents love the nursery for the same reasons that I love it.

Parents really love the nursery because of the beautiful setting, the newly refurbished garden and the incredible relationship with staff!

What are your favourite hobbies outside of work?

Lockdown has got me into the craft of diamond art! It’s basically attaching small stones to a sticky canvas in different colours to make some beautiful designs. It really helps me to relax and de-stress, especially when lockdown was at it tightest.


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  • A positive, welcoming team of childcare professionals.
  • A refurbished, refreshed and vibrant environment.
  • Healthy, nutritious meals and snacks.
  • The highest levels of safety and security.

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Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery

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@ Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery

Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery
William Harris Way


How do I book a place for my child?

If you would like to book a place for your child, please fill out the enquiry form, we will then get in touch with you to discuss your interest further.

Are all staff DBS (CRB/police) checked and first aid trained?

All our staff have an enhanced DBS check, this is our way of ensuring quality and safety in our team. All our staff are also paediatric first aid trained and fully aware of the correct action to take in an emergency. We understand that safety is your primary concern – it is ours too.

My child has special educational needs, can they still attend?

Yes, we are happy to discuss any specific requirements you might have regarding SENDCo for your child, working to provide the best possible experience for your little one. We follow the layout of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), a government approved structure for the development and learning of all children aged newborn to five years. Along these lines, we deliver a full range of activities for your little ones, aimed at boosting their communication and aiding them in new discoveries daily. 


I have two children under two years and a really challenging work timetable. Cheeky Monkeys were fantastic, flexible and caring. My children loved it and had a wonderful time. They developed so much and I felt happy and confident leaving them there.


Absolutely amazing nursery which I highly recommend! My children have loved it here. Everyone is so nice and friendly and all my boys have had lovely bonds with their key workers and learnt so much. My four year old started big school in September and he was so prepared thanks to the nursery and his key worker. My 19 month old started in September and he has settled in so well and already has amazing bonds with the staff. He is already talking a lot more too which is lovely.


All staff are kind and friendly! My son and I love this Nursery, thanks so much for your work.


My son and daughter went here for over 5 years. Fantastic place, staff are amazing. I’m so pleased they have finally been recognised for all of their hard work!


Such a nice place to send my little boy, he loves it and always comes out happy, the staff are really friendly too.


My daughter started nursery when she turned two and stayed until she was 4. The staff are lovely, my daughter enjoyed it all so much!


Both my sons have gone here and have loved every second of it. The staff are all so lovely and both my sons have learnt so much with them.


Both my son and daughter really loved it here. My daughter is severely autistic and team were fabulous with her. They made adaptations for her and always made sure she was safe and happy!


My son went here and I cannot recommend them enough as a nursery. My son really struggled at nursery and as a mother, I was so concerned and anxious because of this. The team at Welcome Nurseries@Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery and Pre School picked up on my son’s behaviour and emotions very quickly and pushed for him to receive the help that he needed and deserved. My son trusted and loved all staff members and created strong bonds with them all . The staff were absolutely fantastic, not only with my son but with me, as a parent.
They always gave 110%! They were so supportive and I honestly don’t know where we’d be right now without them. They helped us more than they’ll ever know & I know that they’ll continue to go on to help even more families! Amazing nursery, amazing staff.


The girls that work here are lovely, really friendly and always take on board how best to help settle your child when they first start. The nursery worked with myself and husband when it came to our child’s needs etc he was very happy there!


My grandson is very happy at nursery, he has learnt lots of routines and has a very special relationship with his careers. It’s great to see his pictures of him making activities and how independent he has become within only 18 months. Highly recommend!


My son has been going to the nursery since he is 8 months old. We are very lucky with the staff, he has great bond with them and they work very hard on his development. They also work with us to support with the additional language at nursery as well. The nursery offers really nice, healthy and nutritious meals made fresh daily- highly recommended!


Brilliant nursery! My boy has been going here since he was six months old and he loves it. All of the staff are lovely and brilliant with the kids!


My son went here for two years and absolutely loved it. Even when he started school he asked if he could just go back to his old ‘nursery house’ instead. When he first joined he was shy, didn’t interact very well with children his own age and I struggled at times with his behaviour. By the time he left he was like a completely different child! He’d become very outgoing, his behaviour had improved considerably and he learnt more than I could have ever imagined he would. He had a great bond with the key workers during his time there and he was always happy and willing to attend (he didn’t want to leave most days!) and staff were always friendly and approachable.


Such a fantastic nursery! My daughter has attended since she was 8 months old, she’s 3 and a half now and absolutely loves going. Her key worker is amazing and goes above and beyond to help her, my son also has attended since he was 9 months old and loves it! My kids are excelling each day and learning new things, they also love exploring the garden. The nursery fit their day around my children’s needs. I highly recommend this place if you’re looking for a nursery for your child/children!


I would 100% recommend this nursery, they are flexible and have always made me feel at ease when dropping off my daughter, nothing is ever a problem.


My granddaughter has become so confident after attending this nursery, she comes home singing different songs every evening! She loves her key person and all the staff in the room are so attentive. I always feel welcomed when I collect her. They have recently been refurbished and it looks amazing. I love the rooms, they are so clean and tidy all of the time. The team are always happy and smiling. I just know my granddaughter is well cared for and I couldn’t ask for any better care.


My youngest daughter currently attends and she has been there for just over a year now- they are amazing with her! They have helped her with every milestone and are always happy, helpful and lovely! I really couldn’t recommend this nursery enough! Thank you to everyone for what you have done.


My daughter has been attending and she has settled so well. She’s really happy there and we always get lovely pictures and memories of what she’s done.


My daughter and son both attend Welcome Nurseries@ William Harris Way and I am really happy with the progress they have both made. They surprise me every day with something new they have learnt, especially my daughter! She will sing the good morning song with the sign language that goes with it. I cannot thank the staff and management more for all their hard work and dedication.


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