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Five Cheeky Monkeys Number Rhyming Set

Five Cheeky Monkeys Number Rhyming Set
£39.54 from Early Years Resources

This set includes the following:
• 1 crocodile finger puppet.
• 5 monkey finger puppets.
• An A6 illustrated rhyme card with activity suggestion on the reverse.
• A silky shiny fabric bag which opens out to create a 60cm circular play pond.

When we received this set at 4 Cheeky Monkeys we knew it would be popular. We obviously love anything ‘monkey related’ plus singing and dancing’s our favourite.

The finger puppets are the perfect size for children’s little fingers to explore and investigate.

The activity was an immediate success used both by individual children and small groups (we even caught a few adults having a closer look at the puppets when their children had gone to play elsewhere).

Parents and our centre manager sang the song for children who hadn’t heard it before and it’s became a popular, interactive activity engaging both adults and children.

This activity encourages: speech, language, number skills, problem solving, fine motor skills, builds imagination plus so much more. Children have enjoyed playing with it alone and with other children.

This set would be great in the car to entertain children while you’re driving or equally in the evening as part of your bedtime routine.



Parent/carer feedback:
‘Great interactive activity. I feel it would be a lot better if maybe there was a tree and maybe some extra blue cloth to go in the swamp for water effect. Really enjoyed singing the song with my grandchildren.’

‘Lovely puppet set. My little girl is 3 years old and was excited to see the puppets. She was enthusiastic to play with them. She joined in with singing the song and used her hands to show how many monkeys were left. She also liked to hide the monkeys under the cloth, great activity – may invest in one myself for bedtime stories.’

‘Great interaction between myself and my daughter! She loved the crocodile ‘eating’ her fingers with the puppets on. You’ll be able to have a good laugh and good sing along with these.’

‘Loved this to sing along and act out the crocodile snapping at the monkeys! Lots of fun to be had!’

‘The monkeys and the crocodile is a good toy, it engages little ones with counting, singing. The puppet element works well with my 2.5 year old. More props would be beneficial to help with imaginative play: blue cloth for water, a different textured cloth for the tree. This would engage more sensory elements for younger children.’

‘ Having done this activity it was fun and my little one really enjoyed it.’

From 4 Cheeky Monkeys: ‘A huge thank you to Early Years Resources we’ve enjoyed having this activity out in our sessions. Listening to the children/adults singing, interacting together, laughing and ultimately having lots of fun has been a joy.’


New Fundraising Project
New Fundraising Project

We have had a quote to get the section highlighted below renovated with soft flooring (rubber floor you often see in parks)

This will cost £3200 and will make the area a lot safer for children.

We had a committee meeting at the end of July to discuss fundraising.

All money raised at our Halloween party in October will be put towards this.

If you know of any companies that might consider sponsoring this project or any grants or funding please let me know.

Toddler Group stay and play Sessions
Toddler Group stay and play Sessions

Our Summer Timetable 2018

Monday 30th July: CLOSED
Tuesday 31st July: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Wednesday 1st August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Thursday 2nd August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Friday 3rd August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play

Monday 6th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play (afternoon Stone Painting see EVENTS)
Tuesday 7th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Wednesday 8th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Thursday 9th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Friday 10th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play

Monday 13th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play (afternoon Sand Art see EVENTS)
Tuesday 14th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Wednesday 15th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Thursday 16th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Friday 17th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play

Monday 20th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play
Tuesday 21st August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Wednesday 22nd August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Thursday 23rd August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Friday 24th August: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play

Monday 27th August: CLOSED
Tuesday 28th August: CLOSED
Wednesday 29th August: CLOSED
Thursday 30th August: CLOSED
Friday 31st August: CLOSED

Monday 3rd September: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play
Tuesday 4th September: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Wednesday 5th September: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Thursday 6th September: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Friday 7th September: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play


Starting school and the EYFS
Starting school and the EYFS

Joe above, ready to rock the socks off school in September, yes even with his shoes on the wrong feet. I can’t believe how fast the years have gone, we opened 4 Cheeky Monkeys two weeks before he was born back in March 2014!!

In preparation for him starting school I signed up to a ‘Family Play and Learn Course’ the school have organised. I really enjoy this morning’s class, it was a brilliant refresher as I haven’t sat and studied the EYFS for quite a while (evident when I got the name of it wrong arghhhh).

This mornings course made me think, I quite often write that we work to Ofsted Standards (although we’re no longer registered with them) and in yesterdays blog I wrote about our setting having resources that cover the 7 areas of the EYFS, but how many of our parents/carers know what that means?

With this in mind I have explained the EYFS a little bit below:
EYFS is the abbreviation used for The Early Years Foundation Stage this is a framework that was published in 2012 by the Department for Education. The framework sets the standard for the development, learning and care of children from birth to five.

If you have a child that attends a nursery or pre-school you’ve probably heard their teacher/key worker refer to the EYFS at progress meetings you’ve attended.

The framework means all early years professionals (adults that work with children under 5) are working to the same set of guidance. This document means if a child were to move location from North England to South England the two childcare settings would be able to liaise easily regarding the child’s learning/development.

This statement is taken from the EYFS:
‘Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.’

The four themes of the EYFS that underpin all the guidance are in bold below
• Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
• Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
• Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
• Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The EYFS sets out 7 areas of learning and development

Children should develop the 3 Prime Areas of Learning first:

Communication and language.
Physical development.
Personal, social and emotional development.

The prime areas help children develop skills in the 4 Specific Areas of Learning:

Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design

The EYFS also looks at how a child learns and develops new skills these are called Characteristics of Effective Learning:

Playing and exploring – engagement
Finding out and exploring. Playing with what they know. Being willing to ‘have a go’.

Active learning – motivation
Being involved and concentrating. Keeping trying. Enjoying achieving what they set out to do.

Creating and thinking critically – thinking
Having their own ideas. Making links. Choosing ways to do things.

I hope I’ve not confused anyone as I know it’s a lot to take in, basically if you plan to cover a prime area you often cover a specific area too, for example:

Singing nursery songs will improve communication and language (prime area) but might also have numbers in the song (mathematics specific area).

Where the Characteristics of effective learning come in here are how the child chooses to learn the song, do they thrive when being active and involved in the singing? Does it have dance moves? That would fall under Playing and exploring characteristic however another child might prefer the same song being sang while looking at the pictures in a book, possibly active learning.

Before I go as I know this is a long blog, I just want to share the following with you:

I read some feedback a couple of days ago about a painting activity, the adult wrote that once the paint colours had been mixed up, the children lost interest and the resources weren’t effective. I was a little sad to read this as the learning potential here was massive:

  • Sensory (touching the paint how does it feel?),
  • the mixing of the paint and the colour change (huge language and communication opportunity),
  • Physical development using the resources correctly did you support the child? (hand eye coordination, problem solving and fine motor skills).

There’s so much your child will learn even in a 3 minute activity, look at play through your child’s eyes and let me know how much fun you both have.

My next blog will cover the 17 Early Learning Goals and your child’s EYFS profile.

The EYR First Mark Making Kit
The EYR First Mark Making Kit

At 4 Cheeky Monkeys we work hard to make sure our setting has equipment available that covers all 7 areas of the EYFS, that our setting above all is safe and we give children opportunities to access new experiences.

We’re passionate about children’s development and put a lot of effort into researching equipment and resources that we feel will aid your child’s development.

Getting the chance to review The EYR First Mark Making Pack for Early Years Resources has been fantastic, all the children enjoyed exploring patterns, colours and textures.

The First Mark Making Pack:

We’re big advocates for getting messy here at 4 Cheeky Monkeys, I have encouraged babies in my care to explore textures such as sand, yoghurt, grass, jelly… These activities have been closely supervised and hugely beneficial, a brilliant tummy time activity!

As well as being lots of fun, Kinaesthetic (touch) experiences are:
• excellent for the development of all the big and small muscles in your growing child’s fingers, arms, shoulders, neck and back
• important for brain development in early childhood, preparing them for later success and learning.

Messy play is wonderful for older children, supporting their development by exploring colour recognition, experimenting with texture, both developing creativity and thinking skills.

Did you know it is crucial for babies and toddlers to have ‘messy moments’ in the early years as that’s when children learn through their senses, this provides an extremely important foundation (Sensory integration) for the developmental process where touch, taste, hearing and vision are part of brain development for later spatial, math and language concepts.

Using the mark making resources

Mark making using coloured glue and string has been very popular with children asking for this activity to be set up. The 260m cotton string and 10 glue spreaders are included in the mark making pack.

































We used the assorted brushes, creative brushes, chubby mark makers,wooden pattern pins and paint scrapers during a painting activity which proved to be lots of messy fun.















We added the polystyrene balls to a tub with some paint to make different patterns, as the balls were light in weight the children used their fingers to move them, as well as paint brushes or as pictured tipped the actual box..Fantastic problem solving!!!

Parents comments:
‘Hadley enjoyed using the easy grip mark makers as they were easy to control’ – child 18 months.

‘My daughter really enjoyed exploring 4 Cheeky Monkeys new mark-making equipment, she loves to paint and get messy so this was perfect for her. There was a variety of equipment for her to use which kept her engaged and entertained’ – child 3 years.

‘My son really enjoyed it. They don’t really get a chance of doing it at home so it is quite a nice idea for them to use their imagination’ – child 2.5 years.

‘Aiden enjoyed using the roller too make lots of different patterns on the paper and enjoyed the fact he could roll the balls in the paint to make a pattern with out getting paint on himself – really enjoyable’ – child 4 years.

‘My daughter appeared to thoroughly enjoy this new mark making activity. The equipment used, I really approved of to encourage the children’s imagination and improve hand/eye coordination’ – child 3 years.

‘Rory enjoyed the sensory play in the sand, he enjoyed the patterns he made using the pen shaper. Brilliant for children learning pen control’ – child 26months.

‘Excellent activity for sensory experience, enjoyed touching the sand and watching it fall through her fingers. Used the pens to make marks in the sand, didn’t want to use the rollers or combs’ – child 1 year.

‘I liked all of the mark making tools. The pens were my personal favourite – they were easy for the children to hold and made deep marks in the sand. The children likes different ones: 2 preferred the pens, 1 the rollers and 1 the comb’ – Childminder of 4 children aged 2, 2, 3 & 3 years.

Thank you to EYR for letting 4 Cheeky Monkeys review this brilliant art set, we’ve got lots more planned over the coming weeks.

EYR website:
Product Link:

What is your favourite activity to do with your child that helps promote their hand eye coordination and fine motor development?


Party Availability as of 10th June
Party Availability as of 10th June

Party Availability

16th June 10am to 12noon available

23rd June Fully booked

30th June 10am to 12noon & 2pm to 4pm

7th July 10am to 12noon & 2pm to 4pm

14th July Fully Booked

21st July 10am to 12noon & 2pm to 4pm

28th July Fully Booked

4th August Fully Booked

11th August Fully Booked

18th August Fully Booked

25th August Fully Booked

1st September 10am to 12noon & 2pm to 4pm

8th September Fully Booked

15th September 10am to 12noon & 2pm to 4pm

22nd September 10am to 12noon & 2pm to 4pm

29th September 10am to 12noon & 2pm to 4pm

2018 so far
2018 so far

Hello everyone Jeneane here,

We’re almost half way through the year and what a busy one it’s been for us at 4 Cheeky Monkeys.

Some of you will know back in March I had a hysterectomy, as a single mum of three boys I really needed some help during my recovery, this lead to us closing 4 Cheeky Monkeys for 5 weeks so Lesley could stay with us while I recovered. I tried to post these closures in as many places as possible but not everyone is online and I know we had a lot of people turn up to find us closed.
Huge apology from me if this happened to you.
I’m feeling so much better now, the first 3 to 4 weeks were really hard, however now 12 weeks on I’m feeling better than I have in years!!

Not doing things by halves I also moved house last week (at the end of May) Arghhhhh. Not being able to lift (post-op) I had to pull in as many friends and family as I could to get us moved. Unfortunately this again resulted in 4 Cheeky Monkeys being closed for a week (sorry).

We’re now in and settled, I’ve told my landlord he’s stuck with us for life as I never want to move again (its soooooo stressful, especially as I’m a hoarder). We had four days of no internet during the move and our Facebook page was offline for a couple of those days– due to chaos of moving.

I wanted to personally say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone for their patience, well wishes and support <3 it’s been a crazy few months.

Lesley is back a 4 Cheeky Monkeys now running our toddler group sessions:

Monday: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play
Tuesday: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Wednesday: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Thursday: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play AND 1pm to 3pm Stay and play
Friday: 9.30am to 11.30am Stay and play

We don’t have any closures planned in the next couple of months, however please do ring Lesley on 07952 590940 to double check a session is running.

We have lots of fun activities planned for the coming summers months and we’re looking forward to seeing you all.

Love Jeneane xx

Be Sun Safe Everyone

The sun has got his hat on hip, hip, hip, hooray the sun has got his hat and he’s coming out to play!!!

Don’t we just love it when it’s sunny!!! Everything seem’s so much happier, cleaner, brighter and all round just brilliant.

It’s so important to be safe in the sun and a topic that, as a family, is close to our hearts. The man in the centre of our family picture (my dad) sadly passed away just over 8 years ago from melanoma skin cancer.

Please let’s all stay safe in this gorgeous sunshine.

Burning your skin and not using correct protection is so very dangerous. I had planned on writing a long post about sun cream but while researching the subject I found this NHS link and it covers everything.

There’s a small video to watch too, covering staying safe in the sun and it’s only 3 minutes long.

What makes 4 Cheeky Monkeys Special

Yay our first blog!!!

I’ve been putting this off for so long, unsure of what to write, I’ve been reading business books and childcare magazines for ideas and inspiration.

After chatting with a friend recently she advised me to think about your unique selling point (USP) and sell/push that. So here we go…
 I think our USP is Lesley.

Yep that’s right I’m going to sell my mum…any offers??

All joking aside, she really is the heart of what makes 4 Cheeky Monkeys as amazing as it is.

I recently wrote a post on Facebook about her and my secret superstition she might actually be super woman!
We’d spent all weekend at 4 Cheeky Monkeys cleaning, tidying and sorting, not getting home Saturday and Sunday night until gone 7.40pm. On the Monday morning she woke not feeling 100%, left the house at 7.45am, finished sorting the room (which we’d left a right mess), she salted the icy path and then busied herself making sure everyone had a lovely morning.
We had fantastic feedback on our Facebook page following this post from the people that come to 4 Cheeky Monkeys about her, with comments like these:

  • Yes xx Lesley is a star xx
  • Yep she certainly is and also been my little rock. Thanks Lesley xxx
  • She’s amazing! Love her, very welcoming
  • Lesley is such a wonderful lady xxxx
  • Lovely caring lady. I’m glad you appreciate her. She works so very hard to make all the children safe and happy at 4CM xxx
  • She’s a superwoman/mother Hubbard all in one does everything for everyone else and never moans you’re a gem Lesley, one of a kind xxx
  • Definitely….your mum is a star xxx
  • A truly lovely lady with a massive heart of gold xx

We’re closed at the moment we reopen on Monday 9th April and I just want to shout out to anyone that hasn’t been before and reassure you, please come along to a session you will be in such good hands. Lesley really cares about everyone and goes above and beyond to make sure 4 Cheeky Monkeys is the best it can be.

See you soon xx

PS cash offers will be considered