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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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London Brent
Hola messy monkeys, My name is Desire and I come all the way from Málaga in Spain. I am an abstract artist, with many years experience in childcare as a qualified and ofsted register nanny, hosting birthday parties as an entertainer, and summer camp teacher. I’m a Mumma myself, with a little messy monkey of my own, a little girl of two years old. Together we have been learning through the Attachment parenting (AP) philosophy which has given us lots of confidence and independence. On a personal note, I have a passion for child psychology, and I’m a real advocate for the Montessori approach to education both at work and at home. I have learnt so much from working with creativity and art – mainly about self love and the meaning of life. Art has brought me endless happiness through the ability to express myself creatively. Having children has taught me all about unconditional love, to live in the present moment and to let it be. Children are truly the most magical of beings. I’m so excited to get messy with all of you. See you in London 🐵
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County Tyrone
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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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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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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Claire joined Messy Monkeys in November 2019. After doing some Sand Art sessions at several events, she realised she wanted to work with young children. Owen, her messy monkey loves Messy Play and she wanted to share this activity with parents in the Nottingham area. Claire has worked in administration roles since leaving school, so she knew the organisation side of Messy Monkeys would be a breeze! Couple that with her energy and bubbly personality, she felt Messy Monkeys would be a good fit! Plus fitting it around her son was even better. Claire has gone straight into doing 4 classes a week at various locations throughout Nottingham to reach as many parents as possible!

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I am currently in my penultimate year of studying for a Bachelors of Law (Honours) degree and regularly work alongside the witness service to support children through the process of attending court. I have also worked as a deputy manager for an out of hours childcare provision which i thoroughly enjoyed but decided to join Messy Monkeys to embark on a new challenge! I am extremely passionate about children being able to learn and explore in different ways and Messy Monkeys gives children the opportunity to do just that. I also wanted to be able to enjoy my own messy monkey whilst doing something fun, exciting and rewarding. I am super excited to be part of such a great team and what Messy Monkeys stands for. I cannot wait to meet all the messy monkeys!!

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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.