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About Us

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 are the undisputed market leader in the franchised nursery sector and the third largest nursery group overall in the U.K. Pioneers in what we do, we were the first to franchise day nurseries aiming to help people contribute to communities through business. Even now as one of the largest nursery groups we have retained our core family values.

On March 17th 2002, Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries launched their 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 well over 60 childcare nursery settings across the UK.

Richard Blunden, CEO ”We’ve been given a fantastic foundation from our founders, Mark and Rebecca Crosby. Being the first franchised day nurseries business in the UK means that we’ve been established for over 15 years as a franchisor and continue to move forwards at pace, growing the team and bringing breadth to our overall offering.”

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.

Richard Blunden continues “We have clarity of vision and a clear roadmap as a business, understanding the impact we can have by inspiring change through excellence in childcare, creating a positive impact for generations to come. This is a great time to franchise.”


Support is there for you throughout, Grace King, Franchise Director states “The Franchising Team will be your initial point of contact on your journey to opening a nursery. We begin with an initial telephone call and presentation meeting and then once you are part of the Monkey Puzzle family, the Franchising Team will help you with everything ‘business start-up’ related as well as Early Years specific expertise and training. We have an expert on hand to assist will all stages of this process; property acquisition and negotiation, market analysis, bespoke financial forecasting and nursery design and fit out.”

How to get started

To franchise with Monkey Puzzle you will need upwards of £100k of liquid capital to invest in the business with our funding business partners supporting the rest of the requirement. The level of investment is very much down to the individual properties and opportunities that arise, but we’ll work with you to maximise the opportunity.

You don’t 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.

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How to get started

To get your childcare nursery franchise started with Monkey Puzzle, there are some simple stages to go through to approve your application before then embarking on your franchise journey with us.

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Information Pack

Stage 1

Information Pack

To have the key information before applying you need our franchise offering brochure. Simply complete the online information request form and we will get that sent to you.

Exploration Call

Stage 2

Exploration Call

We will be in touch to arrange an exploration call to understand a bit more about you and run through your application details. This is also an opportunity to find out more about the nursery franchise opportunity and answer any questions you may have.

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Stage 3

Full Application

Once you have decided that a childcare nursery franchise is for you then you will need to complete and submit the full application form. We will review this and if suitable move to the next stage.

Due Diligence

Stage 4

Due Diligence

Following the call, we will go through the due diligence process. You can also talk to some of our franchisees to understand what it’s like operating a childcare nursery and being part of the Monkey Puzzle franchise family.

In-Person Interview

Stage 5

In-person Interview

We will invite you in for a formal interview, where you will have the opportunity to present and for us to assess your suitability to franchise with Monkey Puzzle.

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