• Christine

    Christine

    Christine has been with the Monkey Puzzle team since September 2002 bringing a wealth of experience after nannying for many families both locally and abroad for numerous years.

    Christine obtained an NNEB in Childcare and Education from Highlands College in Jersey in 1988 before returning to Guernsey.

    Christine works with the age group of 2-3 years and runs her own classroom helping the children to learn and grow both mentally and physically preparing them for Pre Reception life.

    Christine also has a keen interest in Children’s yoga, and has recently qualified to become a childrens yoga instructor offering after school classes at The Core Wellness Centre in Guernsey.

  • Alison

    Alison

    Alison has been working at Monkey Puzzle since the takeover in November 2000 and before that at the Guernsey Montessori School.

    Alison is our Head Teacher and is in charge of our very popular and successful Prep Class, covering the ages 5 to 7.

    Alison enjoys sharing her love of science and the world around us with the children and supporting them at a very critical time of their educational journey.  Alison has a great sense of humour and her class room is always a very relaxed and happy place to be.

  • Amy

    Amy

    Amy joined the expanding Monkey Puzzle team in 2004 bringing with her previous experience of working in other local settings.

    Amy obtained a diploma in Advanced Health and Social Care and has continued her studies whilst at Monkey Puzzle to obtain her DCE level 3 in childcare.

    Amy has worked within various group ages during her time with us and is currently working with her choice age of 3-4 years.

    It is an age group that she enjoys as it is a key time in the children’s development and their progress can be seen daily with the formation of their characters and personalities.

  • Barbara

    Barbara

    Barbara joined the Monkey Puzzle team in 2008 after moving to Guernsey from the USA.

    Barbara obtained a Bachelor of Arts honours degree from the University of Vermont and has gained extensive knowledge in the childcare field during her studies and through subsequent experience.

    Barbara heads up our Apples group in Pre Reception helping the children learn and grow both physically and mentally through the Montessori approach preparing them for school life.

  • Becky

    Becky

    Becky has been at Monkey Puzzle since the takeover in November 2000 and previously at The Guernsey Montessori.

    Becky obtained a BA Hons and further qualifications from the Montessori College in London.

    As like Kathryn she works as part of the Prep team and puts her amazing artistic talents to good use during our art lessons. Becky is working part time at present as she has 3 young children of her own!

  • Caroline

    Caroline

    Monkey Puzzle was established in October 1999 by Caroline Blondel in a small premise in Vauvert, St Peter Port. On the first day it opened with only 1 child and 4 qualified staff and it has now grown to 18 staff and 85 children on the register at the Les Cotils and 21 Staff and 90 children on the register at Kings Life. (As of January 2012).

    Caroline is passionate about her job and is always on hand to give any advice. She is often the first point of contact when arriving into school or nursery in the mornings and on the telephone and despite being a very busy lady, she is never too busy to talk to the parents and children no matter what.

    “All teaching staff hold up to date first aid certificates and all staff members hold a valid enhanced Police disclosure.”

  • Cidalia

    Cidalia

    Cidalia joined the Monkey Puzzle team in 2007 after previously being a parent here herself with her two children.

    Cidi obtained her Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education from the College of F.E. and followed in her sons footsteps of starting at Monkey Puzzle.

    Cidi heads up our Citrus Group alongside Shelley in the age group of 2-3 years supporting both the Parents and children in their first experience of Early Years Education.

  • Dianne

    Diane

    Diane is our Caretaker; the Angel who magic’s away all the mess that the children have made every day!

    Monkey Puzzle simply could not run without Dianne. No matter how much glitter is on the floor or paint is around the basins she always restores them so they look shiny and new by morning!

  • Emily

    Emily

    Emily is one of our new members of the Monkey Puzzle Nursery team having started at the beginning of 2012.

    Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Winchester University in 2010 before going on to complete a one year post graduate teaching certificate in Early Years and Early Years Professional Status. During her post graduate training Emily gained valuable experience at local Nurseries and Pre Schools within the Winchester area, working with the age range of 0-5 years.

    Emily is currently working between the two sites, heading up her own group at nursery within the baby unit two days a week before spending the rest of the week at the school learning the Montessori way.

  • Gerry

    Gerry

    Geraldine joined the Monkey Puzzle team in 2008 bringing 13 years worth of experience to the Baby unit from numerous other local settings.

    Gerry is a fully trained Geriatric Nurse but turned her attention to child Care after raising her three grown up children.

    Gerry has completed various childcare courses through the College of F.E. and has gained her certificate in First Aid training and continues to attend new courses to this day.

    Her time in the Baby Unit is happily spent watching and aiding the babies to develop and grow in a happy and safe environment.

  • Graca

    Graca

    Graca joined the Monkey Puzzle team in 2007 and has been working as a fantastic assistant with our 2-3 year old class groups.

    Graca joined us from another local nursery when the owner retired. She continues to keep up to date with changes within our industry attending courses as and when appropriate.

    Graca works between all three of our groups within our preschool age range aiding the teachers and helping to guide the path of the children in their growth and developmental skills.

  • Jacky

    Jacky

    Jacky has been part of the Monkey Puzzle team since 2009 bringing a large portfolio of experience spanning a 15 year period.

    Jacky has gained experience from numerous locations across Guernsey and the UK before going on to complete her Cache Level 2 in Childcare from the College of F.E and graduating in 2008.

    Jacky works within our Funky Fish groups with the age range of 1-2 years of age. She helps the children to accomplish their milestones as well as aiding the parents on how to get through the terrible 2’s.

  • Jodie

    Jodie

    Jodie has been with the Monkey Puzzle team since 2010 during which she has gained her Level 2 and qualification in Childcare and Education from the College of F.E. She has continued to grow with us here at Monkey Puzzle with her achieving her Level 3 diploma from the College and graduating in summer 2012.

    Jodie has worked within a variety of age groups to help aid in her understanding and knowledge for her courses and has worked alongside Amy in Lower Preschool within the age group of 2-3 over the last couple of years.

    From September Jodie will be undertaking a new challenge by joining the Funky Fish team within the age group of 1-2 years, helping the children to reach developmental milestones and to help aid them in their learning journeys.

  • Kathryn at Monkey Puzzle

    Kathryn

    Kathryn has been at Monkey Puzzle since the takeover in November 2000 and previously at The Guernsey Montessori School.

    Kathryn obtained a Montessori Diploma from London Montessori Centre and has continued to work and learn within the field since.

    Kathryn works primarily with our Prep class alongside the team of teachers consisting of Alison, Becky, and Guna.

  • Kerry

    Kerry

    Kerry has been with the Monkey Puzzle team since 2007, and is the senior staff member in the Baby Room.

    Kerry is very experienced having worked within the childcare industry for the last 23 years. She has also a sound knowledge and understanding of working within special needs.

    Kerry obtained her DCE level 3 diploma in childcare and education as well as a nursery foundation course and various other diplomas within other areas of Health and social care.

    Kerry loves her job with the babies, especially the close bonds that are formed with both the children and their Parents at this very early stage in their lives.

  • Kiana

    Kiana

    Kiana joined the Monkey Puzzle School team in 2012 after graduating from the College of F.E with her CACHE level 3 diploma in Childcare and Education.

    She completed a large proportion of her placements with us gaining experience through out the age ranges in both our nursery and school locations from babies up to pre-reception age as well as in other local nurseries.

    Kiana has slotted into life at the school working within our Citrus group alongside Cidi and Shelley and assisting them in their daily activities.

  • Linaka

    Linaka

    Linaka joined the Monkey Puzzle Nursery team in the Summer of 2012 starting in our baby room before moving up in age group to our funky fish age.

    Linaka gained her CACHE level 3 diploma in Childcare and Education from the College of F.E in 2011 and went to work at another local nursery for a year before moving to our team. She has slotted in well to our Funky Fish age group as it is an age that she enjoys working with, helping them to reach their important milestones in their lives.

    From September, Linaka will be moving into our toddlers group to work alongside Nicole to help the children settle comfortably into the ‘big room’ and to help them to learn and play in a safe environment.

  • Lizz

    Lizz

    Lizz has been with the Monkey Puzzle team since 2008 working within the age group of 1-2 years.

    Lizz obtained her NVQ level 2 in childcare development from the College of F.E in 2008 and then went on to complete her NVQ level 3, graduating in February 2010.

    Lizz has been working within childcare for the last 6 years previously working for a neighbouring nursery before joining our team. Lizz has chosen to work with the age group that she is in as she enjoys seeing the challenges that this age brings.

  • Lorna

    Lorna

    Lorna has been part of the Monkey Puzzle Team since 2007 bringing with her a large portfolio of experience from both within Educational special needs departments and through experience locally and abroad.

    Lorna has continued to study throughout her time at Monkey Puzzle and graduated with her Level 5 Early Practitioner diploma from the College of F.E in 2011. Lorna works alongside Sarah in our Pre Reception groups at our Kings location preparing the children for the transition into big school in a fun and exciting manner. Planning is completed by following the EYFS guides but Lorna often incorporates ideas from the children to make the learning a little more imaginative and enjoyable.

  • Michelle

    Michele

    Michele has been with the Monkey Puzzle team since the takeover in 2000 and having worked with the previous owners of the Guernsey Montessori School for a number of years.

    Michele obtained a Montessori Diploma from London Montessori Centre in 1998 and has continued to work and learn within the field since.

    Michele heads up a group of four classes within Pre Reception as well as coordinating a team and teaching within her own Mulberry Group, aiding the children in their learning abilities ready for the first step of their school lives.

  • Nicole

    Nicolle

    Nicole joined the Monkey Puzzle at Kings team in 2012 after graduating in the 2012 class from the College of F.E with her CACHE level 3 diploma in Childcare and Education.

    She completed a large proportion of her placements with us gaining experience through out the age ranges from babies up to preschool.

    Nicole has slotted into life at the nursery working within our toddlers age range helping them to transition from the comfort of the calm peaceful babyroom and out into the hustle and bustle of the main nursery. Whilst working full time Nicolle is also furthering her qualifications by attending adult education courses in Sign Language.

  • Paddie

    Paddie

    Paddie is a new member of the Monkey Puzzle Team starting work with us in our baby room in autumn 2011.

    She has brought with her a wealth of knowledge after working within childcare for the last 10 years both in nurseries as well as nannying off island. Paddie obtained a DCE level 3 in childcare from the College of F.E and graduated in 2007.

    She has slotted into our Baby Room with ease enjoying the pleasures of watching the babies learn and grow.

  • Rachel

    Rachel

    Rachel has been with the Monkey Puzzle team since 2001 at both our Les Cotils and Kings locations. She is the current Nursery Manager. After obtaining her Advanced GNVQ in Health and Social care from the College of F.E. Rachel joined the original team at Vauvert and continued her studies by completing her Level 2 in childcare before going on to study and graduate with her DCE Level 3 in Childcare and Education.

    Rachel moved to our bespoke location at Kings when it first opened in 2007 to work with the age group of 2-3 years. These days Rachel can be found anywhere from covering a group to supporting the children swimming and maybe even at the front desk helping Parents with any questions they may have! Life as a Nursery Manager is extremely varied.

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    Sarah is one of our original members of staff becoming a member of our Monkey Puzzle team when we opened our doors at the Vauvert location in 1999.

    Sarah is a fully trained nursery nurse with an NNEB in childcare. She has furthered her training and learning by completing her level 5 Advanced Practise in childcare and families of which she graduated in 2011. Sarah has experience working in both of our Monkey Puzzle settings at Nursery and Les Cotils. She transferred back to the nursery location to take up the position of Nursery manager. This is a position which she held for a number of years.

    Sarah currently works in our Upper Preschool group alongside Lorna helping the children to reach their full potential before transferring to their ‘big’ schools come the following september.

  • Shelley

    Shelley

    Shelley has been part of the Monkey Puzzle Team since 2003 initially working at our original nursery site at Vauvert before transferring to our Les Cotils location to run our Citrus Group.

    Shelley is a very experienced Nursery Nurse who trained in Scotland, gaining her certificate in Childcare and Education Level 3 and her ADCE Level 4. She has worked in various parts of Great Britain, Europe and Northern America.

    Shelley has a great sense of humour and is wonderful at putting Parents at ease when they first join Monkey Puzzle.

    She loves to help guide both the children and the Parents through the initial stages of early years care and education.

  • Sinead

    Sinead

    Sinead has been with the Monkey Puzzle since 2007 after completing works experience and placements with us during her studies.

    Originally from Alderney, Sinead studied for her Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education at the College of F.E before graduating in 2006. Sinead has gained experience working at our Kings location and has moved to our Les Cotils site to work as a Pre Reception teacher within the Mulberry Group.

    It is a classroom age that she enjoys teaching as it is an important time in their life watching both themselves and their skills blossom each day. Sinead is enjoying discovering how the Montessori methods engage children’s learning.

  • Sophie

    Sophie

    Sophie has been with the Monkey Puzzle team since 2011 and has brought with her a wide range of experience from both on island and off.

    Sophie obtained her Level 2 Diploma in Care and Early years from the College of F.E. before continuing on to obtain her Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.

    Sophie has brought previous experience to our team after working in other local setting as well as Nurseries and Schools in Australia.

    Sophie works within our funky fish age range of 1-2 years aiding the children in developing new skills in a safe and fun environment.

  • Sophie

    Sophie

    Sophie joined the Monkey Puzzle office team as Caroline and Corinne’s sidekick back in 2011.

    She has been the main force behind the build of this new website and is our in house photographer and blogger and you will often see her pottering around school with a camera in tow.

    Sophie is often your first point of contact when calling into the school and is there happy to help with any questions or queries that anyone may have.

  • Ya

    Ya

    Sukanya has been with the Monkey Puzzle team since 2008 bringing a wealth of knowledge to the Baby Unit after working within the age group for the last 10 years.

    Sukanya has undertaken various courses throughout her time here and continues to top up her knowledge of the age group to this day. It is an age group in which she is very dedicated and finds very rewarding.