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Childs Play Nursery

5 stars

Member since Oct 2015 Last Updated Oct 2020 Last Login 20 May 2022

Our Summary

Ofsted Registered
2 Year Old Free Childcare

About Us

Child’s Play Nursery is a family run setting opened in 1986. It is based in the ground floor and gardens of a large Victorian house in a residential area of Surbiton. The nursery is well served by public transport.

The nursery is open for 51 weeks per year from 8am to 6pm.
We care for up to 22 children a day between the age of 2-5 years.

Aims of the nursery.

We are passionate about ensuring that all of our children are happy, meeting milestones, enjoying challenges and learning to work together. We strive to provide an environment in which children cannot learn to fail, or fail to learn.

We are committed to ensuring excellence in all we do: to exceed government minimum standards for children, staff and families through a flexible, open and holistic approach, based on the needs and wishes of each individual.

We aim to work seamlessly with our children’s families, enabling us to introduce each child to a variety of experiences which build on the skills, knowledge and attitudes that they have already learned – providing a firm foundation for future learning, striving as one for the best possible start in life for children.

Our goal is that all children leaving the nursery will have acquired an enthusiasm for new knowledge and experiences, coupled with a firm belief in their own ability and self worth. This will enable them to become confident, motivated lifelong learners who have the opportunity to achieve their individual potential.

Our Availability

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Last Updated: 31/10/2020

Our Fees

  • Childcare from £65.00 per day

£65 per day

Our Ofsted Inspections

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14 February 2020
8 April 2016 - Outstanding
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I cannot recommend Child's Play nursery enough! My son has just finished at this nursery as he now has started school. He attended for nearly 2 and a half years and he has thoroughly loved it. The manager Mel and her team treat every child like they are part of the family, they nurture, love and teach through play. The nursery is small so each child gets a lot of attention and activities are child led. I have particularly loved the way the staff are always updating me on what my son has being doing everyday and how he is improving in confidence, making friends and what he particularly enjoys. The 'red book' (a hard copy book which is taken home on a regular bases) has now been replaced by a new digital system which is easy to access and is a fantastic tool helping to give parents an in-depth insight into what their child has been getting up to at nursery. We were also updated regularly by my son's key person who loved telling us what he'd been getting up to at every pick up. The passion they have for the children is outstanding and I can't thank them enough for giving my son a safe ,loving and inspirational home to play, explore, ask questions, build relationships and make friends. What could be more important for a little person to start their educational journey with such love all around them. What I have found most recently is the wonderful way they have prepared my son for school. They have worked tirelessly to find weaknesses and help practice skills that will help them transition smoothly and ultimately thrive at school. I love Child's Play nursery and would highly recommend them to any parent looking for a nursery for their 2 year plus child. My daughter is about to start in November which I am thrilled about.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Ellie Si Ellie Si about Avatar for CPNS CPNS on 11/09/2020

Where do I begin? Normally when you write a review for a nursery or a school, you are thinking of an institution, but in this case we are talking about a family. We are so pleased to be part of Child’s Play family since my little daughter joined at 2 1/2 years. I have seen many settings in professional and personal capacity and this stood out instantly as the setting for us! The size of the setting (much smaller compared to any nursery around), the amazing and well-used outdoor area, the pedagogy and the thinking that goes into every activity, the staff friendliness and retention that reveals a happy working group are unique and invaluable! The owner and deputy ensure that all staff are included in up-to-date training and involve children in interesting projects, often involving other languages and cultures, helping children understand themselves as part of the world. Staff’s personal style is nurtured but also aligned to a common approach. Links with community and the local university are evident, which adds to the richness of the provision. The biggest testament is that children LOVE to be there; we literally cannot take them back home in the evening, they just refuse to leave as they feel cared for and are very stimulated 🙂. Big thanks to everyone involved and special thanks to our amazing key person R who communicates tirelessly with us in person and through the detailed nursery ‘red book’! My daughter adores this personal narrative and goes over it again and again, which is part of learning and understanding of herself and others! Transitions are also facilitated beautifully (the nursery book in the beginning and little rituals about friends that have left are just examples that helped my daughter deal with change. I have already recommended to other parents and will continue doing so, as ‘Child’s Play’ is the ‘Child’s Place to be’! Certainly a great start for my little one’s education and care. Thank you!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Paty Paty about Avatar for CPNS CPNS on 28/11/2018

I don't typically write reviews, but I wanted to take the time to do so for Child's Play. My daughter has attended the nursery since she was 2 years old - 2 years now! We immediately felt that it was a home away from home, and my daughter took to the environment immediately. We love that it is located in a quiet residential street, in a converted house. Pick up and drop offs are quick and easy (our first nursery in Putney was a nightmare with parking).

The facilities are great, especially with the upgraded outdoor play area. Clearly Mel meticulously planned this wonderland with the children in mind. So much to explore, with imaginative play and exercise. There is also a 'bicycle' garden, and my daughter loves riding the bikes and the 'bus' with her friends. The resident bunny, Smudge, is also quite special, and the children do a great job at looking after him. It is quite cute how he hops around and just goes with the flow of the nursery.

The food is all made in the nursery kitchen by the amazing Trish. Although I haven't tried myself, it must be excellent as my daughter regularly wants seconds. I know they cater for many dietary needs, and I love that the new kitchen and children's dining area is integrated - making it feel homely, but also letting the children see the cook in action.

Our daughter has clearly learned a lot during her time at Child's Play. The latest was counting in German! She clearly thrives there. I had thoughts before she started of moving her to a 'pre-school' but I know that she is learning well at nursery and she will now stay until she starts big school next year.

What really stands out for us though is the nursery staff. There is hardly ever changeover, and each and every worker shows genuine care for the children. Through a difficult time personally, the staff were very supportive and helped by bringing our daughter home while I was in hospital, and extra days were always accommodated if humanly possible to make it work. It really does feel like an extension of family.

I would not hesitate to recommend Child's Play, and already have my unborn child on the list :)

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Sandy Sandy about Avatar for CPNS CPNS on 22/10/2018

Response by Avatar for CPNS CPNS on 22/10/2018:

I cannot thank you enough for all of the wonderful things that you have said about your experience at Child's Play.
I am so glad that you are happy with us & that you see your small person thriving

My son has been going to Childsplay nursery since he was 2.5 and he absolutely loves it. We moved there after a bad experience in one of the bigger nurseries and have never regretted the move. It is a small nursery and has a home to home feel about it. Staff are absolutely great and they all do their job with a passion. It is a very caring atmosphere and they treat every child as an individual. At pick up the staff can give you a great handover of the day which shows that they pay attention to each child.

Our son comes home and each day he has learnt something new. They make learning fun. And I sure he will be well prepared for school.

They have two great gardens and spend a lot of time outdoors in all weathers.

They have their own chef on site who prepares lovely meals and takes special food requirements in to consideration. Even a fussy eater has started eating better because of the amazing food.

I cannot recommend this nursery enough. My younger son has been on the waiting list since he was born and we cannot wait for him to turn 2 so that he can start as well.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Jessica Jessica about Avatar for CPNS CPNS on 16/09/2018

Both our girls attended Child's Play from 2013 - 2018 in succession. I couldn't have wished for more, we tried nursery chains with their fast changing staff turnover and farm like structures, and we were lucky to have Child's Play recommended to us, so we switched when our eldest turned 2. They don't usually advertise, and rely on word of mouth. They offer an outstanding service, with a stability of staff in a homely atmosphere. The small quota and mixed ages ensure the children get lots of attention and the chance to interact with younger and older children. It is so comforting when you drop them off in the morning, to know that they are safe, and to know that when you pick up them up they will be animated and excited to tell you all about their day. The nursery is run with an efficiency, passion and dedication that cannot be left to words alone, go and see it, they should charge more too.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Laurence Laurence about Avatar for CPNS CPNS on 27/08/2018

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