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About Us

Penny Owen, a local mother of five, opened Christopher Robin Day Nursery in Woking in 1986. It was the first privately owned full day care nursery in Surrey.

Penny has been working in childcare since the 1970’s. In Doha, Qatar, she ran a playgroup for seven years followed by teaching at the Nadeen School in Bahrain for two years.


When Penny had her fifth child she spent the last two months of the pregnancy in hospital. During this time she spoke to many new mothers who were giving up work on the birth of their child because, at the time, there were very few options that enabled them to return to work.

The nursery started with just three children but within a year the nursery was full with over seventy children on the waiting list.

Rather than rapidly expanding the business, Penny continued to focus on quality of care. In 1986 it was highly unusual to combine care, play and education all under one roof. Penny's vision of providing a safe, nurturing environment in which children can learn and play continues to be at the heart of everything we do here at Christopher Robin today.

There are now five branches across Surrey, in Woking, Burpham, London Road (Guildford), Cranleigh and Wood Street Village. We're delighted to say that each of the nurseries continues to deliver the high quality of care for which they've become so well known.


Following in Maria Montessori's footsteps

Our nurseries follow the care and learning principles of one of early education's pioneers: Maria Montessori. Montessori education places an emphasis on independence, freedom of choice and respect for a child's natural psychological development. Our staff are able to provide a stimulating and enabling environment in which children can learn and develop in line with Maria Montessori's educational approach.

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Approximately one third of our staff hold internationally recognised Montessori qualifications in addition to their nationally recognised childcare qualifications.

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Christopher Robin as a chain is small enough to ensure that the quality of childcare is kept to the same high standard throughout the nurseries, but large enough to reap the benefits of having many creative minds within its highly valued staff team.

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The Nursery Managers and Head Office Team get together one afternoon a month to ensure that the high standards are being maintained across the group.

It is also an opportunity for the voice of all staff members to be heard on a regular basis. Prior to the meeting each Manager invites ideas and suggestions from their team and these are introduced at the monthly meeting.

Many excellent ideas have been incorporated across the whole group as a result of this consultation.


Our Area Manager

Deborah Penny joined Christopher Robin Day Nurseries in February 2002 as Area Manager, a role she thoroughly enjoys as it allows her to work with the fantastically dedicated staff teams and of course, the children who attend the nurseries.

Deborah has worked in the childcare sector for over 25 years, currently holding the Montessori Early Childhood Teaching Diploma, an Early Years Foundation Degree, a BA Honours in Early Years Care and Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education. Deborah is also a qualified NVQ Assessor, External Examiner and Teacher Trainer for Montessori Centre International and holds a Level 3 Training and Development NVQ. As well as her qualifications she is an Associate Member of the Institute for Learning and has recently completed Assessor Training for The Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board.

Deborah is passionate about her work and being able to support the staff teams across all of our settings. She has worked with (and learned from) children from all over the world, both in our own nurseries and in Montessori settings and Teacher Training Colleges in America, Africa and Kuwait and Dubai where she lived for ten years.

Deborah says that she is continually in awe of how inspirational young children can be and considers herself very privileged to share in their learning and development. She adds “It’s really quite scary to think that the children I took care of when I first started as a practitioner are now grown up with children of their own!”


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