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“Have You Been Good Today?”

‘Have you been good today?’ Is a question children are often asked. But what do we mean, what is ‘being good’? Can One honestly say they are ‘good’ all the time?

As humans there is a strong association between emotions and behaviour, and we see it emerge in many forms everyday. Unfortunately it is often the negative behaviour that receives the most recognition, whilst the positive behaviour we portray daily is regularly overlooked.

Questioning children about whether they have been good puts too great an expectation on their behaviour, and often we don’t care that they’ve been good. We just want to know they haven’t misbehaved.

Expressions of anger or desire are a normal part of development and should not be considered as negative; ever find yourself getting cross with the television remote because it won’t record your favourite programme or crashing about in the kitchen as you’ve been left to do the washing up, again? These scenarios often result in a swear word being used or objects being slammed down in frustration. An adult tantrum.

Most of us as adults we have positive inhibitions and control, something that children lack as they are unaware of the full range of emotions that effect their behaviour.

Therefore it is important for us to nourish all forms of behaviour portrayed by a child and Early Years practitioners have the duty to promote positive behaviour in children, which will enable them to learn and develop progressively.

As children develop so do their emotions; they become strong and very real. By meeting children’s emotional needs as we offer sympathy and patience, we support children to behave in line with expectations for their stage of development and to develop as happy, secure and well-balanced individuals. It’s important that we provide clear explanations about what to do and what not to do, respond consistently to certain behaviours and always praise and focus on the good behaviour.

And instead why not ask, “What have you done that was good today?”

Written By Sarah Hawkins

Another Wrapped Car….

Banana Moon Day Nursery in Hatton recently gave Head Office their Peugeot car for a new lease of life. After 4 days in the bodyshop under the watchful eye of Formation Media, the once burgundy coloured car is now a splash of bright colours with the Banana Moon theming.

The colourful car will be presented to Liz the Hatton Franchisee today which will allow her to drive around the streets of Warwick and Leamington and the surrounding villages this weekend. So watch out if you are in the area and #tweet when you see it.

Photos to follow!

Ban on smoking in vehicles with children

The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

From 1st October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in a vehicle with anyone under 18 present.

Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50.

Please share this information with friends, family and colleagues.

Banana Moon is Opening Soon in Hounslow, London!

Well progress is being made at Banana Moon Hounslow with walls being knocked down and new partitions being installed to create three spacious playrooms for children aged 3 months to 5 years old.

Our franchisees Ajit and Bakshi are very excited about their new adventure into nursery life and have some exciting plans for the rooms once the builders have departed!

With the Susan the Nursery Manager starting towards the end of October and the equipment being ordered and delivered our team at Head Office will support Ajit and Bakshi with getting ready to open their doors, following Ofsted registration.

Please like Banana Moon Hounslow’s Facebook (Banana Moon Hounslow) page and follow them on Twitter (@BMHounslow) for further photos and up to date information regarding Open Days etc.

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Banana Moon Open Days TODAY!!

Fancy doing something fun today? If so and you live in the Warwick, Leamington, and surrounding areas two of the Banana Moon Day Nurseries are having their open days!


Banana Moon Harbury are opening their doors from 10am – 12pm

Banana Moon Hatton are having theirs 12pm – 3pm


Both nurseries have lots of fun activities and stalls planned so please feel free to pop along and join in the fun!

If you can’t make today, why not contact the nurseries directly and arrange a viewing :)


Everyday is a learning day….

Today at Head Office, everyone is learning!

New franchisees and Managers who are due to open their doors in the next couple of months are here with Becks the Banana Moon Training Manager and the Head Office Team are pulling systems to pieces with Carly (Head of Operations) and Sharon (Brand and Compliance Manager) and re- building to ensure that everything we do is fit for purpose. This morning has been spent pulling the Planning, Observation and Assessment system apart, to ensure we are covering the Characteristics of Learning, tracking children’s progress in the Early Years Outcomes, children’s next steps etc!


It’s National Ice Cream Day!

We love hearing the sound of the ice cream van here at Head Office and the question is then asked ‘shall I or shall I not?’

Well today, everyone can indulge in the yummy stuff because it’s National Ice Cream Day!

It is actually an American day, and it is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday during the month of July, but lets share this unique day, we all need a reason to enjoy an ice cream and why not do it on the same day as everyone else!

We know it’s fattening and full of sugar, but if its a named day surely we must be allowed to eat lots and lots of it and not worry!

We would love to hear what flavour ice cream you are enjoying, so please tweet us @BMdaynursery

Kings Norton Here We Come!

Our franchisee in Kings Norton, went to check on the builders progress and we are pleased to confirm that Banana Moon Kings Norton is back on track following a recent break in which caused extensive flooding :(

Our franchisee Bindiya is very excited about opening her doors to the community of Kings Norton, where she will be offering full day childcare from 7.30am – 6.30pm 5 days a week for children aged 3 months to 5 years. Nursery Manager Sallyanne has recently joined the team and has already commenced her training at Head Office with Bindiya.

For further information regarding Kings Norton and details of open days, please follow their Twitter account (@BMKingsNorton) or like their Facebook page (Banana Moon Kings Norton).
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Networking Nurseries!

Banana Moon Day Nursery believes that relationships are the catalyst of success. Our nursery managers are keen to work together as part of a professional relationship in order to continuously develop.  Others serve as an excellent resource and later this month our management teams are coming together to share ideas and practise. We appreciate that sharing ideas isn’t just great for business, it promotes professional and personal development for staff and that’s why our networking day will be consisting of lots of fun, learning and chit chat.

Watch this space for photographs and feedback following the day!!

And in the meantime, keep talking and learning.

New Business Venture!

This week I have been on a pallet-pinching mission. When I say ‘pinching’ though, I was considerate enough to ask first. There have been lots of deliveries to the offices at Athena Court (where Head Office is based) and the delivery drivers have left behind lots of wooden pallets.

I was quick to approach all the other offices asking if they wouldn’t mind donating them to the minibeasts. (Yes, they did look at me a bit strangely but when I explained the minibeast hotel initiative they were very keen to help out.) Now we have a collection of pallets, piled up by the desk available for the Banana Moon nurseries around the UK.

The orders came in and we’ve made connections with other suppliers. Business is booming!!

If I’m honest I’m a little disappointed we don’t have the space to set up a hotel at Head Office, although some little 6 legged creatures have happily set up camp inside.

I can’t wait to see the hotels complete in the nursery gardens, it’s not just the bugs and creepy crawlies that will benefit from this new shelter and adventure; there are also lots of new learning opportunities to follow for the children and staff of Banana Moon.

Catch up soon, love Sarah!

Follow me for more on twitter @sarahbananamoon

Some Exciting Training is Taking Place…

A very creative member of the Head Office Quality Improvement Team, has been busy setting up the main training room for an action packed training session to look at Observation, Assessment and Planning.


With a workshop style presentation and a hands on approach, we are hoping that the attendees return to their nurseries inspired to offer new and exciting yet challenging learning opportunities.            IMG_9881IMG_9880

Fancy Joining In The Fun??

If you are currently working in the early years sector and would like to know more about working for Banana Moon Day Nursery, please visit our website to find your nearest Banana Moon Day Nursery or for opportunities working for Banana Moon Head Office, please visit our Careers page.






Superhero Play????

bm-6-150x150What is superhero and weapon play? Is it a form of violence and aggression? Is it an exploration of emotions such as control and risk? What is the difference between children playing robbers and pointing imaginary guns at each other to children playing fairies and pointing imaginary wands at each other to cast spells?

As practitioners, we often perceive this form of play as aggressive and violent and a common phrase you will hear is “We don’t use guns in nursery” or “guns aren’t good”. However, within the Statutory Framework, paragraph 1.8 tells us “Children learn by leading their own play”…so should we really be discouraging this form of play?

So what are the benefits of this form of play? Children can put themselves into semi-real life situations allowing them to experience a range of emotions such as control, risk, sense of power. Role play can aid children in learning to manage their own feelings and with support of an adult can encourage them to try out new roles, investigate right and wrong, explore language and use creativity.

So next time you witness a child pretending to be a Superhero or using a pretend weapon to save someone, why not think about how you can extend this within your provision. Think about how you can help children in understanding between the “good guy” and the “bad guy”, ask them what a superhero actually is, is it someone who saves people? Is it someone who helps others? Look at how the children can help each other, how to be safe, the list is endless!

Written By Tracey Flint



1. Welcome to Banana Moon World

It’s a great place to be – find out what makes our nurseries so popular with children and parents and learn how we’ve managed to generate exceptional growth. You could soon be a part of that.

2. Banana Moon Beginnings

It all started in 2006 when one of our directors struggled to find quality childcare – so he opened his own nursery! Offering excellent, affordable childcare in a home-from-home environment, Banana Moon was born.

3. The Business behind Banana Moon

Running a nursery doesn’t have to be hands-on – operating a Banana Moon Day Nursery is rewarding on many levels. The business is extremely profitable and can be structured to suit your financial and personal aims.

4. Location, location, location

Location is key and if you join us, we’ll help you to find the ideal property in the perfect location that fits your business plan. We’ll assist with design and layout, then perform a Feasibility Study.

5. The journey from build to launch

We’ll help to give your nursery that ‘wow’ factor and see you through to your first Open Day. Our marketing and in-house recruitment teams will pull out all the stops to get you started in style.

6. Getting stuck in

Once your nursery is open, your role will vary depending upon how involved you wish to be. We’ll advise you on regulatory staffing requirements and required roles and you can see where your skills best fit.

7. We only succeed if you succeed

We’re here to help you in your venture, so you can develop your business and generate income as quickly as possible. We’ll ensure that your business matches your ambitions and grows at your desired pace.

8. What’s in the Banana Moon Franchise Package?

Well, everything you need to get your nursery off the ground as quickly and easily as possible. The full package is available for £47,500, followed by a monthly fee of 9.5% of the total monthly sales income.

9. Buying into Banana Moon

Our franchisees typically invest between £120k and £180k (not including property purchase or rental costs), meaning you should have £60k ‘liquid’ capital reserves before applying for a franchise, with remaining funding from the bank.

10. What you can expect to achieve

To indicate your possible performance, turnover of smaller nurseries is around £240k with a net profit of around £50k per year. Larger settings can reach over £1m turnover with a net profit of around £200k.

11. Could you soon be a Franchisee?

If Banana Moon sounds like the business for you, please get in touch. We can show you first-hand how the business works, so you can experience how it feels to be part of Banana Moon World.