Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries

Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries

Expanding Member
– Joined 2005

On March 17th 2002, Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries launched our very first childcare setting in Hertfordshire. For owners Mark and Rebecca Crosby it was the beginning of a hugely successful journey into the day nurseries industry. Monkey Puzzle now has over 65 childcare nursery settings and is the undisputed market leader in the franchised nursery sector and one of the largest nursery groups in the U.K. We have a true pioneering spirit, being the first to franchise day nurseries and continue to welcome like-minded business individuals into our family.

Opening a childcare franchise is a great opportunity because the childcare sector has proven year after year to be one of the most stable and in demand sectors. The sector is robust and whilst it has it’s challenges, it is sought after as an investment opportunity from individuals as well as private equity and other funding houses.

Monkey Puzzle is set to be the perfect partner for anyone interested in franchising as growth continues at a brisk pace and work is currently in progress with both new and existing franchisees, to open further nurseries across the country. These developments, along with our drive for excellence will further elevate our position in the market and make Monkey Puzzle the nursery group of choice.

To get your childcare nursery franchise with Monkey Puzzle started there are some simple stages to go through to approve your application before then embarking on your franchise journey with us. It is hard work, but it comes with huge rewards not only from the business side but also the contribution to the community from developing happy and healthy children in your setting. We would love to hear from people who have the aptitude, time, and dedication for running their own business, a background in childcare is not essential but always helps.


We will provide you with access to all the tools you need to train and develop your team. Training and development is available in a range of learning formats from online to in-person. A full calendar runs through the year to ensure your team meet required standards through keeping certifications up-to-date date, are appropriately qualified and can progress in their personal development to further their career.


What you’ll get:

  • We’ll source training partners on your behalf and costs are covered by Monkey Puzzle
  • All mandatory training included for you; inclusive of, First Aid, Fire Marshall, Child Protection
  • Full assessment of training programmes prior to access
  • All courses meet Ofsted and HSE requirements
  • Programmes specific to Monkey Puzzle policies and procedures
  • Vast variety of training opportunities to continue professional development
  • Access to a suite of training to enhance your business including HR for non HR managers, safer recruitment and Franchisee and Manager Development Programme
  • On-site, virtual and remote learning options available
  • A full apprenticeship programme offered from level 2-5 in both Early Years and Management

What will I do as a Franchisee

To become part of the Monkey Puzzle franchise you will need upwards of £150K liquid capital to invest which is circa 30% of project cost, with lending partners making up the rest of the total needed. You will also need the time and dedication to run your own business, but you can be assured with our highly experienced head office support team behind you every step of the way you can look forward to running a very successful and rewarding childcare nursery business.

You do not need to be an Early Years expert or have experience in the childcare sector, however this obviously helps. We have franchisees from all walks of life and backgrounds with the binding factor of wanting to own and run their own business in partnership with the knowledge and expertise from a national brand.

As a franchisee, you would be highly accessible and oversee the safe and successful day-to-day operations of the business. You will be responsible for recruitment and team wellbeing and will need to hire a full-time qualified manager and Early Years team to ensure both regulatory and Monkey Puzzle policies and procedures are adhered to. You would control the P&L, market the business through relevant channels, and strive to be a great partner of the Monkey Puzzle brand. All of this will be with the support of a fantastic head office team of over 30 employees.

Key Information

Start-Up Cost:


Franchise Type:

Premises based

Sector Type:

Childcare – Activities & Education

Investment Type:

Start-up Franchise



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