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 25 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.
|Last Updated: 18/02/2020|
- Childcare from £60.00 per day
£63 per day
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- Ofsted Certificate (added 21/06/2018)
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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!
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 :)
Response by 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.
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.
My two girls have been attending Child’s Play Nursery from the age of 3 and 2. One is now starting school and the other one is in year 1. I couldn’t recommend this nursery more. It truly provides a home from home for the children, it feels like a family led by professional, dedicated and kind staff. Most of the staff have been at the nursery for a very long time, making it possible for the children to form lasting relationships with their key person. But the children know all the staff very well, as they all play an important role at the nursery and it is the atmosphere that is created by all these different people over many years that makes it a nursery that is truly special.
The nursery is small, so you get to know all the children very well. My girls have become confident in themselves and have learned so many things. Their social interaction skills have improved so much and I love to hear them imitate the kind words of the staff (rather than my own) when negotiating things at home or with their peers.
When one of my children was finding life a bit difficult and our whole family suffered from her tantrums, the nursery staff were there to listen to me and included our daughter in a social skills class, which made her feel so special that her behaviour improved.
The nursery has two gardens, one used in the morning with lots of bicycles, scooters etc. and one used in the afternoon with lots of shade provided by big trees, climbing frames, magical little corners, butterflies, bird houses, stag beetles and from time to time even a wormery! The girls often came home talking about the things they discovered there.
Throughout the year the nursery has many seasonal highlights, from celebrating world book day, red nose day, to a fantastic Christmas party which led to tears at home when one of my girls had left and the other one was still able to go. They are great at celebrating difference too, encouraging parents to come in and sharing their cultural heritage. When my children were the “Star of the Week” they were encouraged to bring in photos from home and things they love and they loved presenting these at group time in the mornings.
This place is truly special, it is a bit of a neighbourhood secret and I am so incredibly grateful that it was recommended to me by my neighbours at the time.
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