'Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.'

Statuatory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

MonktonThe Early Years Foundation Stage is the foundation on which all future learning is based. Like any other foundation it needs to be strong and secure and, because it will be such a big part of your child's life, it needs to be safe and happy too. Choosing a nursery for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. This website is designed to help you make that choice.

Every good nursery has its own ethos and you may well find that, as soon as you come through the door you can feel it. As you walk around you can hear snatches of conversation, laughter and singing. You can see staff who are involved with the children, chatting, playing, encouraging..... You can smell freshly cooked food or see a tray of healthy snacks going past on its way to one of the rooms. There are toys and books and games and the garden is safe and welcoming and full of potential for adventures. There are lots of exciting resources which are used as a basis, not just for play, but for learning how to make friends, to share and to empathise with others. There are lots of opportunities for mark making and developing fine motor skills, learning to love stories and books and for using your imagination. There is enough structure and discipline for everyone to feel safe, secure and valued and for every voice to be heard. The staff are consistent and stable so that they know, not just your child, but quite possibly their siblings, their cousins and their extended family. Above all you feel that nursery would foster the individuality in your child, celebrate their successes, encourage them through their failures and leave them with a thirst for and a joy in learning that will last them all their lives. This is Monkton.

The quality of teaching is excellent and all staff are extremely knowledgeable about the level of development of children in their care. Staff have extremely high expectations of what children can achieve. The superb range of learning experiences successfully motivates and inspires young minds. Children are highly confident learners and they thoroughly relish their learning

Ofsted - January 2019

Sue1The nursery was established in 1980 by Dr Sue Poole as the first nursery in Liverpool to offer combined day care and education. Apart from a degree in English and Early Years Education, Sue has a Masters degree and Ph.D in Design and Architectural History, and she was an Ofsted Registered Inspector of Nurseries for six years. She is also a mother of two adult daughters, Eve and Lydia, and a grandmother to two beautiful grandsons, Baxter and Wilson.

"Monkton" is a late Victorian house, (1881), which was adapted to nursery use and extended in 2016, with a purpose built area for our 2-3 year olds and a covered play area to supplement our gardens. These extensive mature gardens are safely enclosed and incorporate outside play areas with play houses, slides, climbing frames, bicycles and push along trucks; equipment which will develop muscle tone and co-ordination. There are also discovery areas; vegetable, salad and flower beds where the children grow their own produce and our very own customised "Superlambanana". The nursery is situated close to Queens Drive, convenient for local bus routes, and only 100 yards from Mossley Hill Station. The driveway offers safe car parking facilities, and there is adequate on-street parking in the surrounding area. The ground floor accommodates children from one to three years, whilst the first floor rooms are dedicated to the needs of the Early Years Foundation group of three to five year olds.

Monkton is a member of the National Day Nurseries Association, and has followed its Quality Assurance accreditation scheme.

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.