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messy monkeys was founded by two mums waaaay back in April 2010 in response to their own kids’ exploration into the wonderful world of messy play!  There’s now a fantastic team of franchisees running their own messy monkeys classes, spreading our unique brand of messy play far and wide 🙂 

If you’d like to learn about running a messy monkeys business or have any other questions please contact us and we’ll be sure to help.

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Helen set up messy monkeys following her passion to encourage creative, free play in childhood. Helen is a qualified Teaching Assistant, holds a Degree in Childhood Studies and has over 20 years experience of working with kids of all ages and abilities in the UK, America and Thailand. Helen has 3 little monkeys at home so has lots of experience of cleaning up after their grubby mitts!
Clare is a qualified Nursery Nurse, NVQ Assessor and Lecturer and has 30 years experience working with children from birth to 16. She has worked as a Nanny, in Pre-School and Nursery, run workshops in Drama and dance during  residential summer youth camps  and loves creative messy play and was always the first to get the clay out at pre school! Clare has two big monkeys of her own, who she is training up to help with the clearing up.
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Gemma is a qualified Teacher and holds a Degree in Ba (Hons) Primary Education. She has worked in schools for 6 years and is continuing to teach two days a week in an Early Years setting. Gemma is passionate about children learning through play and understands the importance of exposure to such skills from an early age. Gemma has a little monkey of her own at home who enjoys exploring the world around her through play. She is also a big fan of Messy Monkeys!
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Manchester South
Joanne’s messy monkeys journey started in 2014. Having worked as a Cabin Manager for an airline for 15years, the desire for working hours that were more tailored towards family life, an artistic flair and the excitement of a new challenge inspired her towards a complete career change. The originality and potential of the messy monkeys approach to learning drew her to be a successful and passionate franchisee of the South Manchester area. Joanne has two messy monkeys of her own, who can occasionally be seen ‘helping out’ in class.

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Co founder
Karen is co-founder of messy monkeys and a lifetime honorary messy monkey. In 2018 Karen moved on to cleaner pastures after 8 years of running fab messy play classes in her community… we wish her the very best of luck 🙂

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Laura has taught in a number of educational settings working with children of a wide age range. She is passionate about helping children learn about the world around them. She has one little monkey who absolutely loves getting messy and fully embraces the messy monkeys ethos.
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Harrogate and Craven
Amanda is a BTEC and NNEB qualified nursery nurse with over 20 years experience of working with children from birth – 13 in various childcare environments, such as nannying , nurseries, schools and playgroups!
Amanda loves the freedom of messy monkeys sessions and loves the ethos of allowing children the choice and freedom in their play …. her mantra at session is ‘ process not product ‘ … everything in a messy Monkeys session is a learning opportunity!!
Amanda has one grown up monkey of her own who helps Amanda with clear ups and some sessions….. in between homework and studying for exams
(she is a budding vet!! )
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East Berkshire

If you’d like to learn about running a messy monkeys business or have any other questions please contact us and we’ll be sure to help.