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Welcome to Messy Monsters

Day Nursery
  • Welcome to the website of Messy Monsters Day nursery at Gilfach Goch Community Centre. This website provides you with some information about our day nursery, however due to the importance of finding the correct nursery for your child we appreciate that there may be a number of questions that you may have. We would be delighted to answer those questions for you, so please feel free to contact us using any of the methods listed here. We look forward to hearing from you.

    At Messy Monsters Day Nursery, we take pride in our setting by offering your children a ‘home form home’ environment for children aged from 3 months to 5 years. At Messy Monsters, we have a fully equipped play room, teaching both English with basic ‘everyday’ Welsh. We also use basic sign language as a means of communication.

    We have low level storage, to promote independent play, a book area, a topic area, home corner area, messy play areas, construction, small world and our own outdoor play area. We follow a daily timetable, which allows us to have a structured but flexible approach. We plan for the children’s education as well as their individual needs and interests.

    We are situated within the community centre, but have our own entrance and facilities. We work closely with the local school to ensure children making the transition into the Nursery are well prepared and ready to move forward into school life. We offer a ‘wraparound’ service for those children who are in part time school at Hendreforgan Primary School, as well as before and after school care.

After your initial enquiry, you will be invited along for a tour of the Nursery and to meet staff.

Please come along with a ‘list of questions’ to ask and don’t be afraid to discuss any concerns or objections about our service. We will be more than happy to talk these through with you.

After your visit, we ask you to provide us with a response within 48 hours as to whether or not you require a place.
We want your child to be happy and to feel safe and secure at our Nursery.

We suggest that perhaps your child could be with us for one hour to begin with and building up over a short period of time.
  • “Just wanted to say a massive thank you for a fabulous preschool experience, my daughter will have many happy memories of the time she spent with you all. You are an amazing team!”

  • “I am absolutely blown away by my son’s Busy Book. The photos are so precious and the notes with them explains everything like I am a fly on the wall watching him. We are so very grateful. The way you have captured his Birthday and Christams is amazing. First class. Thank you all”

  • “The staff are very friendly and always quick to help with any issues in play group or home. I can’t point any negatives”

  • “The service provided is fantastic and the staff work effortlessly to make children and parents feel at ease”

  • “Staff are very welcoming which puts your mind at ease leaving your child”

  • “Everyone is always warm and friendly and we are always kept informed”

  • “The staff are friendly and helpful and I like that my daughter gets to do the things she loves!”

  • “What I like best is that I can feel at ease when I drop my little child off, knowing that he will be safe and looked after to a very high standard”

  • “I can’t think of anything that I don’t like about the play group because I think the members of staff are amazing and do everything possible to make every child enjoy and have fun at play group”

  • “Thank you so much for your time and effort with my child preparing him ready for big school”

  • “Keep doing a great job”

  • “There is always plenty of activities for the children”

  • “My son is relaxed when going and has fun when there. All staff are friendly and helpful”

  • “Overall I am really happy with the setting and since my child has started they have come on such along way, the staff do brilliant jobs”

  • “I really like the activities the children do each day and the daily sheets”

  • “I like that all the staff are friendly. Lots of activities to occupy the children and lastly I like the update we have each day on the children”

Little Messy

  • Your child’s keyworker will send home daily records, detailing the activities your child has enjoyed for that day, meals consumed, sleep patterns etc. Regular emails and text messages will be sent in order for you to be kept fully updated throughout the day.

    We will accommodate ‘weaning’ requests as much as possible and liaise very closely with you at all times. Our menus are available as a separate document and we have an additional qualified and experienced staff member, who is purely responsible for ensuring that all the children’s dietary and religious needs are met.

    We request that sterilised bottles are provided each day, along with the child’s own milk formula/breast milk. Nappies and wipes must also be provided. As much as possible we provide opportunities to play outside and when we feel that your child is ready, their keyworker will support your child with the transition into the bigger playroom. These steps will be fully discussed and agreed with parents at each stage. Our priority is to make our families feel comfortable, confident, and happy at all times and provide the best possible experience for each child in our care. We will produce written plans for your child showing how we will promote learning through fun, structured ‘play’ activities as well as allowing time in the day for independent play.

    We welcome children with additional/special needs. We have considerable experience working with children who require extra support, particularly those with hearing or speech difficulties. Wheel chair access is available. We would also discuss in great detail with you, the implications/needs that your child will have, taking into consideration the other needs of the children in the setting, to ensure that everyone is completely happy and that your child as well as the other children, will benefit by attending Messy Monsters Day Nursery.

    We believe that the service we provide reflects the care we would expect our own children to receive. Your child will be cared for in a safe, welcoming and above all learning and stimulating environment.

    We operate from the same playroom as the Flying Start playgroup. Flying Start settings reflect a high quality philosophy and approach to the Foundation Phase Curriculum to meet the developmental needs and abilities of all the children. Further details and a prospectus is available.