About Us

Christopher Robin Day Nurseries

At Christopher Robin, we are experienced in

nurturing and developing both children and staff to become accomplished, confident and resilient individuals, helping each person achieve their full personal potential. 


We do this by following the principles and ethos of the Montessori approach to education and humanity. 

Christopher Robin Day Nurseries was founded in 1986. We are a relatively small group based in Surrey consisting of 5 Montessori Day Nurseries.

Present Day

Our Founder

Penny Owen, mother of five, spent most of her early life in the Middle East.  She and her twin sister were born in Egypt, then they moved to Kuwait, followed by Aden (their father worked for BOAC).

Penny met her husband in Aden and when they married they continued their life abroad. They spent seven years in Qatar where she ran a playgroup followed by two years in Bahrain where she taught at the Nadeen School.

When they returned to England, Penny spent two months in hospital with her fifth child but was unable to find any suitable childcare for the children.  Penny opened the first Christopher Robin Day Nursery in Woking in 1986 and is still CEO today.  It was the first privately owned full-day care nursery in Surrey.

The nursery started with 3 children but at the end of the first year the nursery was full with 77 children on the waiting list.

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 our fantastically dedicated staff team 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. 


Deborah also works as an assessor for The Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board.

Christopher Robin as a Nursery Group

Christopher Robin as a group 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. We work collaboratively together and support one another, which creates a community spirit across all five nurseries. This enables staff to feel confident to apply for promotions within the group because they feel part of the Christopher Robin family.


The Nursery Managers and Head Office Team get together once a month to discuss our ongoing improvement plans and to ensure that the high standards are being maintained across the group.

These meetings provide 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 regular consultation.