June 7th 2021
Monkey Puzzle appoints new Head of Operations.
Berkhamsted, 18 May 2021 – Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries has appointed Gemma Nance to its leadership team as Head of Operations.
This appointment is in recognition of the great impact Gemma has made to the organisation following her joining Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries from Bright Horizons in October 2020. Gemma will be supporting 64 nurseries across England and in Scotland, working with franchisees and their nursery management teams to guide them to achieve operational excellence.
“I’m delighted to have joined Monkey Puzzle at such an exciting time, I have been welcomed so warmly and I’m proud to be part of an amazing organisation and Great Place to Work.
My new role builds upon my experience within the early years sector adding the new aspect of collaborating with franchise nursery operators, supporting them to deliver excellent childcare every day.”
Stuart Graham, Operations Director of Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries said:
“We are delighted to be able to recognise Gemma’s impact at Monkey Puzzle and elevate her to Head of Operations. We have been on a tremendous journey of growth in terms of our size of group but also our organisational structure and adding such talent and passion to our leadership team enriches us greatly.”
Richard Blunden, CEO of Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries said:
“Since joining Monkey Puzzle my desire has been to assemble a first-class leadership team to complement the talented people that have seen Monkey Puzzle grow to one of the largest providers in the UK. Gemma’s appointment strengthens our team, adding to our early years expertise through her experience, passion and perspective. I am confident that each interaction Gemma has with our franchisees will underpin the commitment I’ve made to continually evolving and improving our franchise offering, supporting our network to deliver excellence in childcare.”
For more information contact:
Stuart Graham: email@example.com – +44 (0)7494 125001
Chess Rau: firstname.lastname@example.org – +44 (0)1442 878887
About Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries
Established in 2002, Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries is the UK’s largest childcare franchise and fourth largest childcare provider and has been recognised as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces 2021 in the Small (20-50 employees) category in the Great Place to Work® annual publication.
Created and run by husband and wife team, Mark and Rebecca Crosby, the brand can trace its heritage in childcare back to 1978, when the first nursery was opened in Cambridgeshire (trading as Ladybird Day Nursery).
In 2005, Monkey Puzzle launched its first nursery franchise which has now grown to over 60 successful franchised nursery settings nationwide, making Monkey Puzzle the UK’s largest childcare franchise network.
Monkey Puzzle nurseries are designed to meet the needs of babies and young children, with large, bright open plan rooms, creative outdoor play areas and a variety of modern equipment providing children with a stimulating environment in which to thrive.
Monkey Puzzle supports its franchisees from inception through to becoming established nursery settings with property sourcing, lease negotiation, property redevelopment, equipment, staffing, operations, training, and marketing.
A further eight new franchised nursery settings will open in 2021, with plans for further expansion in 2022 and beyond.