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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.

Helen
messy monkeys HQ
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
Swindon
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
East Manchester
I am a Ba (Hons) Contemporary Textiles Graduate, I went on to work as a retail manager and visual display manager for 14 years. I am now having a complete change of career and I am ready for a new exciting challenge and getting back to my creative roots. I can’t wait to be part of the messy monkeys team providing babies and toddlers with learning opportunities through creative messy play. I have 1 messy monkey of my own who can not wait to be my assistant at messy monkeys.
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Jo
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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Karen
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 🙂
Susan
North Tyneside
Susan is a qualified primary school teacher with over thirty years’ experience of working with children aged 0- 11. After nearly twenty years in the classroom, she decided to embrace a complete change of career. Susan loves watching babies and toddlers explore through messy play and passionately believes that this is how children best learn and discover new skills. Susan has a messy monkey of her own who is looking forward to occasionally ‘helping out’ in class.

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Laura
Staffordshire
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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Amanda
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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Frankie
Worcestershire North
Frankie has a BA (Hons) Teaching degree and has taught in Early Years settings since 2009. After 8 years in the classroom she decided to embrace a new challenge. Frankie is passionate about supporting young children’s development and believes that children learn best through hands on experiences. Frankie also enjoys delivering Messy Science sessions to older monkeys and loves providing them with opportunities to explore and create without boundaries or limitations.
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Charlie
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.