Our vision is of a nursery which is a safe, happy and aspirational place where children relish each day and what it brings, and where acquiring knowledge and skills is such fun that it leaves every child with a vivid imagination, a warmth and a curiosity about the world and a lifelong love of learning.

Our aim is to provide a full time stable and loving environment in which to nurture the security, growth and development of your child until he or she enters school.  We aim to stimulate the child's interest in learning and bring them to a stage of readiness for formal schooling.  Children will follow a broad variety of themes to encourage numeracy, an interest in the written word and the world around them.

We believe that children are at their most receptive during the first five years of life, and that they are ready to achieve and gain pleasure from a structured education, maintaining a child centred approach.  Such preparation ensures a smooth and happy transition to school.

...children make rapid progress in all areas of learning and development.




  • to encourage in the child a sense of social responsibility both in moral and aesthetic aspects, with adults and peers.  This will involve being considerate, polite and helpful toward others, showing courtesy and good manners, and learning to be tolerant of others’ needs. Monkton holds a total non violence policy, encouraging children to be patient with their friends.
  • to develop the child’s academic potential through both progressive and traditional teaching disciplines. We believe that, if a child shows consistent interest in reading or writing, that this interest should be encouraged, and the abilities of the child extended. Each child is treated as an individual in this respect. Our children know that our ethos is 'Kind hands, kind feet, kind words.'
  • to nurture the child’s capacity for love and affection through the care and sensitivity of the staff in a secure, happy and relaxed atmosphere.

"Thank you to all the amazing team at Monkton. Many of you will not know that we only looked at one nursery and thankfully it was yours. We are so grateful to all of the people we have had the good fortune to be able to entrust our little babies with. You have helped us raise two confident and compassionate children who display many of the values you instil in your children every day. The introduction to society you give the children is second to none. The time and effort you take with these little people is a credit to you all, so as we say farewell we would just say one more time thank you for the love you have shown to M..... and T........, S..... and P"

Parents 2015


The Rumpus Room

Named after Max’s room in “Where the Wild Things Are”, this room gives children the opportunity experience a variety of different activities including sensory based play, to enhance their experiences of touch, taste, texture and smell, and messy play. There is also a good and constantly updated selection of resources to help develop their fine motor and social skills and to encourage a love of books.

The Sensory Room

The Sensory Room is a little oasis of peace and tranquillity, where children are taken in small groups to listen to stories, read books or play games. The room is fitted with bubble tubes, projectors, auditory tapes of countryside, seaside etc, and provides a haven for the senses. Children of all ages are able to use this room at different times of the day.

Babies engage in various physical experiences as they explore their environment using a wealth of resources.


Opening Times

We are open 51 weeks a year between the hours of 8.00 am and 6.00 pm apart from Bank Holidays.

Attendance is available either:

  • Full time 8.00 am - 6.00 pm
  • 2, 3 or 4 days per week 8.00 am - 6.00 pm


Download our Ofsted Inspection Reports in PDF format.

Inspection - 2019
Inspection - 2014
Inspection - 2009
Inspection - 2007
Inspection - 2004

Some comments from Ofsted:


...children have developed a very strong sense of belonging and are very well behaved.

 ...children are extremely well prepared for their next stage in learning including school.

Exceptional partnerships with parents, grandparents and other professionals are fully embedded.

Leadership is inspirational.