Christopher Robin Montessori Day Nurseries
Our Montessori Day Nurseries are based in Surrey; we have been offering high quality day care for children aged between 3 months and 5 years across five different sites since 1986, and we were one of the first established day care nurseries in Surrey.
Christopher Robin offers a safe, supportive and nurturing environment that’s relaxed and full of fun; our experience, along with our caring and highly qualified staff sets us apart from other full-time day care settings.
We understand how difficult it can be to find the right nursery for your child, and we hope that you will give us the opportunity to introduce you to our nurseries and show you why we are so proud of them.
At Christopher Robin, we have chosen to follow the principles and ethos of the Montessori approach to early years care and education because we firmly believe that it offers children the very best start in life.
Montessori education recognises that early childhood is the most important period of life; it is where our children discover both themselves and the world around them; it is where our children shape their future and we begin to see the potential of the adults that they will become.
Children are born with natural inclinations to explore and discover, they use their senses and experiences to anchor themselves in reality and establish a secure base on which to build their understanding of the world around them.
In line with Maria Montessori’s view of child development we understand that children are born with, what she termed, an “absorbent mind” and during this formative period, the first six years of life, children will, dependent on their stage of development, respond and engage with different aspects of their world in a focussed and highly responsive way.
Our home rooms are set up to offer our children independent and wide access to activities and experiences that introduce new ideas as well as encouraging repetition and perfection of familiar concepts.
Christopher Robin Day Nurseries recognises that every child has amazing potential. If children are given the chance to follow their interests, in a Montessori environment that is set up to meet their needs and challenge them to independently seek out and explore their world, it will ignite their curiosities, they will be bright, bold, industrious and well prepared for life and learning.
Wonderful people make a wonderful nursery
Our staff hold a range of childcare qualifications. These include childcare NVQs (at levels 2, 3 and 4), Montessori Teaching Certificates, Early Years Diplomas, Early Years and Primary Teaching degrees and related post graduate qualifications. Staff are coached and mentored by the Area Manager and Nursery Managers; they receive regular training on relevant matters such as safeguarding and child protection, understanding children’s behaviour and language development. We advocate both learning and professional development through supporting those who join us without a qualification to gain one and by offering those who hold level 3 or above the chance to add a Montessori Certificate to their professional development portfolio.
All of our staff hold an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, undertake regular Paediatric First Aid training and refresher courses. We're particularly proud of the number of long-serving staff we have across the nurseries who have been with us between 5 and 20 years.
Graduates from the Montessori course
At Christopher Robin we believe that nutrition is a crucially important part of a child's development.
Breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, early afternoon snack and afternoon tea are all included in the fees.
Our menus are nutritionally balanced and as additive-free as possible. Fresh fruit is served every day, and most special dietary needs can be catered for. From stocks and soups to roast lunches, all our food is freshly prepared and cooked from scratch in state-of-the-art kitchens run by our caterers, Care Catering.
Care Catering only supplies to children's day nurseries, so providing nutritionally-balanced, delicious food for children is at the heart of everything they do.
The staff at Care Catering take great pride in the quality of their food. They use only free-range, organic or locally sourced suppliers, and the menus include the recommended five daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables. Food provided for children with special dietary requirements is made to look as much like the other children's meals as possible so that no child feels left out. A sample menu can be downloaded here. Visit the website at www.carecatering.co.uk.
We're delighted to report that the children love the taste of the food, and the parents love the quality. Mealtimes at Christopher Robin are definitely a social occasion; members of staff join the children at the table to encourage them to try everything, and the children tend to develop healthy appetites for a wide range of foods. Staff also encourage children to develop social skills and good manners.
... And so much more!
All of the resources in the home rooms are at child height, our rooms are designed with care and expertise to ensure that every child has full access to toys and activities that will encourage them to be independent and confident, our child height sink units encourage the children to clean and tidy up after themselves, they even wash their own crockery after meals and snacks, although we can’t guarantee that they will continue to do so when they reach their teenage years!
We’ve installed air conditioning in all of our home rooms to ensure that even in the warmest weather our rooms are still comfortable.
Our home rooms are carpeted, creating warm, quiet and cosy spaces; Vinyl flooring is only used in the eating and messy play areas.
Children learn about technology as they play with toys and resources that help them to understand cause and effect; our older children have access to computers so that they can experiment with technology and be confident in its use as the world becomes more technologically focussed.
Our outdoor spaces are designed and resourced to ensure that all areas of learning are available, and we encourage children to spend as much time outside as they wish. Children have opportunities to plant, grow and harvest their own vegetables; to discover different textures and materials through playing in our sand pits, water trays, mud kitchens or digging; to find curious creatures under a log; to run or ride on a bike or ride-on; to take a moment to reflect in one of our outdoor shelters; to sit and chat with friends and much more. These opportunities help to broaden the child’s understanding of the world, encourage physical development, and help children to appreciate all that being outdoors offers. We provide wet weather gear at all of our nurseries, so your child will have the opportunity to go outside, whatever the weather!
A Nurturing Environment For Your Child
Starting at a nursery can be an emotional time, both for you and your child. At Christopher Robin we're acutely aware of this and will do everything we can to make the transition as easy and worry-free as possible.
Our Home Rooms
All of our home rooms offer a range of curriculum areas to explore, along with cosy, quiet areas to rest, read books or just watch the world go by. In the homerooms you will find that everything is child height, all of the resources and activities help children to feed their curiosity and equip them with the skills they need to succeed; our learning zones cover gross and fine motor movement, life skills, communication, language and literacy, numeracy and arithmetic, science, knowledge and understanding of the world plus much more!
Our nurseries are small, child friendly communities, when your child joins the nursery all of the staff team will get to know them. This familiarity means that children will constantly grow in self-esteem and independence and transitions through the nursery to different home rooms are made with ease. Children will only change rooms when the staff team caring for them feel that they are ready to move on. Regardless of their age children will never miss out on learning experiences because all staff in the nursery are specifically trained to care for and teach children from birth to five years of age.
The ambience we create is designed to reflect the fact that the children are with us for a full day. Our rooms are predominantly carpeted with a no shoe policy, vinyl is used only where necessary: in areas used for eating or messy play. Every room is fully air-conditioned for the warmer days.
Your Child's Key Person
When your child joins one of our nurseries he or she will be paired up with a 'Key Person', a carer who will work with you to ensure that your child's physical, social and emotional needs are met. The key person will not, of course, be the only person caring for your child, but they will be your first point of contact whenever you'd like to talk to someone at the nursery about your child's development. We believe that a clear line of communication helps you, your child and us. As your child moves through the nursery their key person will change, but we believe that the key person system enables parents to know exactly who to talk to, should any issues arise.
Partnerships with parents
We see the care of your child as a partnership between you and our nursery team. Parents are always welcome in the nursery and we hope you will view us as part of your extended family. We hold regular 'stay and play' sessions where you are invited to join your child for a morning or afternoon to see what your child's time at the nursery is like. We think it's a great idea for parents to come along for the pre-start visits before their child joins us.
All parents are offered pre-start visits before their child starts at the nursery; this not only enables you to get a better feel for the nursery and our staff but also to discuss your child’s preferences with us. Pre-start visits are a fundamental part of the parent/nursery relationship.
Your child's progression
through the nursery...
Our youngest children
Our baby areas are designed to be homely, bright and comfortable, and our focus is on giving the babies plenty of warmth, security and attention. The day is flexible and relaxed, and we follow a routine that echoes the your baby's own routine at home as much as possible. Your baby would follow his/her own sleep and feeding patterns with us. We also try to spend time in the nursery's lovely, well-equipped garden every day.
Supporting you and your child
As your child moves through the nursery we will keep you up to date with their learning and achievement. Parents receive daily verbal feedback on their child’s day; we hold regular parent evenings and you will have access to “My Montessori Child”, a secure website which will provide a personalised parent site where you will find a full record of your child’s development as captured by their key persons on a weekly basis. On this website you will find your child’s latest development observations along with general information about diary dates from the nursery and suggestions of things you can do at home to support your child’s learning and development.
Additionally, we will create personalised “Wow” books that capture learning in action, contact you every 4 to 6 months to gather parent/nursery “All About Me” review notes and provide “My First Day” photo montages when your child first joins us and when they move rooms.
As we grow...
The aim of the nursery is to help children to develop into confident, happy, independent and co-operative individuals. This happens throughout the nursery but it is especially important for the toddlers and twos as these earliest years are formative and have a fundamental effect on your child's future development.
At this time children are very inquisitive and learn new skills incredibly quickly. We provide an environment where children can have fun while discovering, exploring and learning in safe and stimulating surroundings.
Getting ready for 'big school'
When it comes to “big school” we make sure we communicate with your child’s school. We make school books, have uniform days and welcome teachers into the nursery so that they can gain a picture of your child before they join the school. We will always send a leavers report, with your comments included, to the school. We aim to help every child become as independent as possible in practical and self-care routines.
When your child leaves us, you will be provided with a copy of their photo album – a collection of the photographs and observations that have been captured during your child’s time at the nursery.