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Now Open 8am-6pm

We are now in our brand new home on the Glebe meadow and are open 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday. PRE-SCHOOL HOURS AND FLEXIBLE BREAKFAST AND AFTERSCHOOL CLUB

All funding excepted.

LAST FEW FULLY FUNDED PLACES LEFT. We accept FEET, and 3-5 year old 15 hour and 30 hour funding. Call Ali on 07812 522492 to register

Nursery for 2-5 year olds

Same amazing team, same outstanding practice in our own purpose built building. The move has opened up a few more places which are filling up fast, REGISTER YOUR PLACE TODAY

Meet our team

WE ARE ALL HERE TO HELP YOU

Please click the dots above to see photos of our whole team

Our Mission

WHAT'S OUR GOAL

Why choose Panda?
Our nursery is founded on family values, we are not a business chain or committee led, we are run by a family who has dedicated over 25 years to providing  all our children with the best learning experience and lots and lots of fun! We value every child for their uniqueness and support each one to aim high and be the best they can be. In September 2016 we were rated Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted

Our Mission: To quite simply: provide the best learning experience to all our children. We aim everyday to provide an outstanding learning environment, which is engaging, caring and supports all children to achieve amazing things. Our dedicated staff will excite, explore and learn with the children and see every day as an adventure, led and driven by our amazing little pandas. Encouraging confident, independent, lifelong learners.

Our Values: Panda has always been based on family values. Panda has been running for over 55 years. June Thompson devoted herself to Panda for 19 years and keeping it in the family – Ali Thompson her daughter in law is now the Director.

All we do is based on what we would expect for our own children – the best. We value every child for their uniqueness and support each one of them to aim high and be who they want to be.

How are we going to achieve this? By working to create Happy Children, Happy Parents and Happy Staff. Because in an environment where you feel happy, secure and comfortable the best active, high involvement learning can take place.

We are constantly reflecting on this mission, looking at ways to improve and develop our nursery.
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We have high aspirations for all our little Pandas.                                                                     We support each one of them to be:

Passionate about learning and prepared for school
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confident communicator who can make friends and respect others
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Panda in a nutshell

Painting at Panda!

Getting messy!

 

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Using shaving foam and paint to strengthen
our gross motor skills during Write Dance

 

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Celebrating British values at snack time,
china cups, yummy fruit, listening to others,
having great conversations with good table
manners!

 

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Sam Gyimah Surrey MP and Under-Secretary
of State for Childcare and Education visits
Panda

Bring your dad to nursery

Working with parents

Bring your Dad to nursery day – we have so much fun!

 

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“I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Panda Nursery, and meeting all the fantastic staff who provide such a valuable service for local families. It was great to spend time talking with the children, and I was very impressed by their art work. We need more nurseries like Panda in Tandridge.” Sam Gyimah MP (View our blog post)

Lots of fun

We balance short, small group adult directed activities with child led play, making sure we have lots of time for children to explore and test out their new ideas on their own or with their peers. Every day we are off on a new adventure led by the children. We offer opportunities to learn from our routine, staff support, exciting environment (inside and out).

We encourage independence and the development of skills which will support children to be great British citizens and life long learners. Click on these links to view our: Panda Definition and details of the life skills and British values we see as central to our teaching.

Children bring in their own packed lunch and fruit snack.  We operate a Healthy Food policy and a NO Nuts zone – view our blog for lunch box ideas

 

Explorers (Nursery)

We take children from 2 years old, it’s fine if they are still in nappies – we work with you when you and your child are ready for toilet training.

Our Explorer sessions are all about settling-in children to our environment, helping them develop their confidence and independence away from Mum, Dad and their main carers.

We build on basic skills: sharing, turn taking, making friends, using the toilet, developing their independence.  We also teach basic letters, numbers, colours and shapes.

We could be off on a nature walk one day, jumping in muddy puddles, bathing babies or making sandwiches another.

We love reading stories, puppet shows, singing songs, painting, running around outside and having lots of fun!

 

Adventurers (Pre-School)

Our adventurer group are 3yrs to school age and the focus on learning through play continues. We are led on the children’s adventurers and support them to become independent and school ready through their own play and discovery. At Panda we support the development of confidence and independence – I can find my coat, go to the toilet, ask for help when I need it, select what I need to complete a task and put things away.  I can make friends and know I have choices and I’m willing to give things a go to find out exciting new things.

We also support them to develop pre-handwriting skills through fine and gross motor activities. We encourage a passion for learning and support pre-reading skills.

We  love music and movement, we are always singing and dancing.  We use this to support children’s imagination, expression and communication skills.  We even have our own Ballet Teacher – Miss Tarryn.

We spend a lot of time outside in our play area, on walks to the Glebe field and the local area. We use the environment inside and out to develop our physical skills.

Read more about School Readiness, and Write Dance (supporting pre-writing skills) or how we support pre-reading skills

 

 

SENCO Support

We pride ourselves in supporting all children to be included in the learning opportunities in our setting. Our SEN Team (Special Educational Needs) work hard supporting all children who need that little extra support. Ali Thompson is our SENCO supported by Jenny Nicholls and Heather Robson.

SENCO support is integrated with a child’s key person and we work together with parents and outside agencies (Speech & Language, Paediatric consultants, Health visitors etc.) to provide united support for our children. Ofsted commented on the time and effort we dedicate, “all children, including those with special educational needs, make rapid progress from their starting points in learning“.  (Ofsted 2016)

Inclusion: Our SEN team supports our fundamental aim that all children are supported to take advantage of the same opportunities at Panda, regardless of their social background, religion, culture or abilities. We work hard to ensure all can fully participate in our nursery, feel welcomed and included.

Equality: At Panda this is not about treating everyone in the same way, one size doesn’t fit all. It’s about recognising each child needs support in different ways in order to make sure all children and families can take advantage of all learning experiences.

We treat every child as unique and value them all. We celebrate our differences and the diversity within our nursery.

Panda Nursery, Limpsfield, near Oxted, Surrey

From one working parent to another…We understand how busy you are.

We are all working mums juggling work / life balance. We pride ourselves in being there to support our parents, from flexible sessions, that helping hand at drop off or a cuppa and chat when you are having a bad day!

We work with you to support your child through these precious early years. Open communication is really important to us.

Email is our main form of communication; ensuring even those busy working parents who can’t always pick / drop off are kept informed. We email a termly list of activities and dates giving you plenty of notice of those dates you need to book off and come in to join nursery events.

We also use a secure online journal to keep you updated of your child’s progress and have text system for those quick messages and reminders.

This is all in addition to the usual notice boards and we are around for a good old fashion chat whenever you need to.

Ali Thompson is around most days in reception to greet you and answer any queries you have.

It is really important to us that you are involved in your child’s journey with us. We encourage you to add posts to their online journal and come along to parent’s evenings and events.

We’re here to help, and do our best to support your child and family. Whether you are just having a bad day and need an cuppa and someone to talk too, or need help finding specific help groups or financial support, we will do our best to help!

You can view our privacy policy online

Panda Nursery is a nursery in Limpsfield, near Oxted, Surrey

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Pencil Control at Panda

Learning through play
Our sessions are planned around the needs of our children and covering all areas of learning set out in the EYFS.

We are all about learning through play – and fundamentally believe in the importance of having fun and creating a passion for learning. (Read our article I’m not just playing). We see ourselves as co-explorers, setting up lots of fun opportunities to learn and explore the world with the children.

We run themes each week based on letters, numbers, seasons and other subjects that we think will inspire our children.

We could be digging for dinosaurs in jelly one day, making and flying paper aeroplanes another or off on a hunt for a gruffalo!

We also include music and movement, cooking, physical activity, science, French and technology in each week’s planning.

Our environment is set up to encourage lots of free play and the children can move around the room and choose what they wish to play and explore.

Our routines are designed to encourage independence, offer support to children and prepare them for a smooth transition into school life.

We have lots of outings to places like Priory Farm, Pizza Express, Limpsfield Church and Bookshop. See our blog for the latest events and activities!

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The Panda rule: RESPECT

We feel it’s really important to support our children to understand boundaries and positive behaviour and ask parents to support us with this.

In line with the EYFS we are supporting children by:
• Giving them praise for positive behaviour and helping them understand that it makes other children and adults feel happier
• Helping them to understand boundaries, what is expected of them and why
• Helping them to respect themselves and others
• Encouraging positive behaviour

This underpins our Panda rule of RESPECT
• Adults and children respect each other by being kind to each other, turning on our listening ears and listening to each other, sharing and taking turns.
• We also appreciate other’s views and that they may not want to play our game, or share our views all the time.

We show respect by:
• Stopping when we are asked to do so – by peers or teachers.
• Using indoor voices and walking feet inside to create a great environment for all
• Looking after our toys.  Selecting the toys we want to play with, taking care of them and tidying things away afterwards

View our Positive Behaviour policy

More than just Early Years Practitioners  (view our blog……)
Ofsted praised our staff for “providing an outstanding learning environment for children with extensive opportunities and resources for play, exploration and discovery”. (See our Ofsted Report 2016)

“I’m so proud of my team – who together, work hard everyday to make Panda the best nursery around” Ali Thompson (Panda Director)

View our outline of A Panda Practitioner to see what outstanding qualities we expect from our team.

Recruiting the best team
When recruiting our team we look for that special sparkle. That person who excites, inspires and captures the attention of our children.

We also look for those with the skills, warmth and enthusiasm to fit into our hard working team. Most of our staff are parents themselves, and have the life experience parenthood brings. Many are Level 3 qualified and we all follow a comprehensive training programme. As a team we have high expectations for ourselves as well as our children.

We follow a Safer Recruitment process and all the latest safeguarding procedures. (View our Safeguarding Policies). Staff complete an induction and probation process and have regular appraisals, 1 to 1 support meetings and training reviews.

Whole nursery learning
The Director, Room Leaders and Early Years Practitioners are Level 3 trained in childcare. We are all first aid, health and safety and Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene trained. We update our Paediatric First Aid qualification as a team every 3 years.

Ali Thompson is our DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) and Deputy DSL is Heather Robson.

Our culture is one of whole nursery learning – for the children and staff. We all have training and development plans and regularly attend courses. We work hard to ensure we have a clear understanding of how children learn, and how to provide rich, varied, learning experiences.

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Current Vacancies:

  • *****Level 3 and Level 2 – part time and full time staff******
  • Supply Early Years Practitioners

Contact ali@panda-nursery.co.uk for the ‘official’ job description or to discuss any of the roles above

We’ve found this great ‘ alternative job description’ for working in our nursery.

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A bit about our Director

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I’ve been involved with Panda for over 8 years now supporting June Thompson who dedicated over 19 years to Panda.

I’m crystal clear on my vision to make Panda Nursery the best place for children to learn and develop and uncompromising on continuously reflecting and improving all we do to ensure we follow outstanding practice. I want the best for my children and see all children at Panda as part of our family. I base all we do on – would it be good enough for my child?  Would I be happy as a parent? I want happy children, happy parents and happy staff!

Six years ago I started to support June Thompson with finance and accounting, managing HR and working on improving internal and external communications. Once I had my children my outlook on life changed. My love of Panda grew along with my wish to be around more for my children and help support them and many other children with the best start they can have in their early years. I slowly became more involved with supporting the business and took over  from my mother-in-law, June Thompson in September 2014.

I have 2 amazing children; both my son and daughter came to Panda and are still involved in setting up Panda!

With a 1st Class (HONS) Management Studies degree (Bsc) from Brunel University, I worked in Marketing for over 10 years. Being part of and then managing Marketing teams in Insurance and IT firms. I specialised in Website Search Engine Optimisation but worked across the full marketing mix. While working in Marketing I completed a Postgraduate CIM Diploma in Marketing and went on to become a Chartered Marketer with CIM Membership (MCIM).  As my focus on Panda grew I studied and completed the Level 3 Children’s & Young Person Diploma. I now aim to complete a short course each term to keep my knowledge fresh and drive our brilliant nursery to continuously improve.

I love hearing your views and am happy to chat about any concerns. You can find me in reception, email me on ali@panda-nursery.co.uk or call me on 07812 522492. Come and have a chat.

Ali Thompson
Panda Nursery Director
Level 3 Children’s & Young Person Diploma
Management Studies Bsc (HONS) 1st Class
Postgraduate CIM Diploma in Marketing – MCIM Chartered Marketer

 

 

 

Mud kitchen play at Panda Nursery, Limpsfield, Oxted, Surrey

We regularly review our sessions, routines and environment at a management and team level to ensure we are providing best practice and meeting the needs of our children. At least one of us a term is on a training course and bring back a wealth of knowledge to share with our team. We welcome parent feedback at any time, we’ll always acknowledge your comments and feedback what action we’ve taken.

We also work closely with other nurseries, childminders and nannies in the area, learning from each other and sharing ideas. We work together when we share a child between settings to support a joined up, complete learning journey.

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Panda-Outside

 

“Children are disappearing from the outdoors at a rate that would make the top of any conservationists’ list of endangered species” Tim Gill
-Not at Panda!!

We believe learning can take place anywhere, outside or in. There are so many important skills which can be learnt by running around exploring our great world outside.

We spend lots of time outside. We have a play area which is always developing. We have sand and water pits, chalk boards, a mud kitchen, fairy garden,  bug hotel, bikes and scooters, basketball nets, a shed and lots more. We could be having a teddy bear’s picnic outside one day and sitting in the shed listening to the rain the next!

We often go for walks to the glebe field, the church or Limpsfield high street. We love our nature trails, bear hunts, listening walks and just spending time outside exploring!

Discovery Camp
In April 2016 we will be introducing our Discovery Camp. This is basically a session outdoors in the fields and wooded area behind Panda. We’ll set up camp, have picnics, build dens, run, roll, jump in the fields, splash and paddle in the little stream and make nature bracelets, the list is endless . We plan to go out in all weathers except high wind and really torrential rain or storms. Children will be dropped off at Panda on Friday afternoon at 12 as normal and we’ll all walk down to the field. The children will be back at nursery for the 3pm pick up.

Using the outdoor environment we will cover all areas of learning under the EYFS and provide lots of opportunities to develop our little Pandas:

Passionate about learning, prepared for school and a great future
A confident, communicator who can make friends and respect others
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Determined and resilient
An independent little being and creative thinker

Our Discovery Camp is a great platform to develop these skills by encouraging:

  • Active and reflective time outdoors with the opportunity to look, listen, touch, smell and taste all that nature offers
  • Free and independent positive play
  • Investigative play and an attitude of open enquiry and active learning

We know from research that play outdoors promotes: physical development and movement, imagination, creative thinking, playing, exploring and improves behaviour. View this presentation which outlines why we believe learning outdoors is crucial to early years development>  Why outdoor learning is so important (pdf)

> Panda Discovery Camp Rules
> Little Risks Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fees & Funding

From September 2017 we accept 15, 30 hour and FEET (2 year old) funding. Outside of this funding we charge an hourly rate of £6.90.

How can you use the funding at Panda?

  • You can use your funding anytime across the week, morning or afternoon sessions (up to the weekly hour limit below) without any charges, but can only claim for a maximum of 4 hours a day. (From September the maximum will be 4 hours for Explorers and 5 hours for Adventurers per day).
  • If your child comes all day then you’ll pay for the last 2 hours (2 hours 15 minutes from September) of the day.
  • The exception to this rule, is if you book 2 full days then we’ll cover the first day with funding and the rule applies to the second day.
  • If you wish to use the funding with us then your child needs to come for a minimum of 3 sessions a week in the Adventurers and a minimum of 2 sessions a week in the Explorers. (A full day is counted as 2 sessions).
  • Funding can be used towards breakfast and afterschool club but a charge applies to cover food.

We offer the funding stretched across 41 weeks (43 weeks from September) of the year.

How do you claim the funding?

Universal Funding (15 Hours)
All children in the term after they are free are entitled to the universal 15 hours this covers 570 hours over 41 weeks at Panda. We arrange this for you, we’ll pass you a form to complete at the end of the term before you can start claiming.

Extended Funding (Plus 15 hours = 30 hours)
You may also be eligible for the extra 15 hours (referred to as the 30 hours) if you meet the criteria. This covers 1140 hours a year, stretched over 41 weeks at Panda.  You can find out more about this criteria on the Surrey Early Years website

To claim the 30 hours funding you need to apply for an eligibility code through the gov.uk website: https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk  the https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator might help.

It’s important to refer to our Panda Terms and Conditions which explains this funding in full.

You can find out more about all the options open to you at: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ or the Surrey Early Years website:  FEET funding for 2 year olds / Free Education Funding for 3 and 4 year olds

You can also download the Surrey Privacy Notice.  View our blog for more information about the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). 

We appreciate there is a lot of information to digest – so if feel free to come in and talk to Ali if you have any questions regarding the funding.

 


Waiting List

Places are limited and we operate a waiting list system.
To register your place on our waiting list please download and return Download our application form

We ask for a £25 application fee which covers the cost of processing new applicants and confirms your place on our waiting list. It is not a deposit. The fee does not guarantee the full 15 / 30 hours or any specific sessions as sessions are offered on availability. We do our best to offer a place around your preferred start date, but places are limited and the start date on your application form is not guaranteed by the application fee.  Once you are on our waiting list we will contact you as soon as we know a place is available and in which sessions.

Our main intake is in September. We do take children throughout the year but places are more limited.

If your child is 3 years old at the time of application or eligible for FEET funding then you are not required to pay this application fee. Unless you wish to register a place on the waiting list over 10 weeks in advance of your preferred start date.

Opening Times from September 2018 

We are moving to our new building on the Glebe field just behind where we are now. In our own building we will be able to open from 8am – 6pm every week day for 43 weeks of the year (this is more than the standard 38 week school term time). Children can attend for the standard pre-school day or tag our breakfast and/ or afterschool club onto the day.  Funding can be used towards the whole day – see our fees and funding information page.

Children 3 – 5 Years Adventurers
8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast Club  (includes breakfast)
8:30 – 12:30 Pre-school
12:30 – 15:45 Pre-school
15:45 – 18:00 After School Club (includes a light tea)

 

Children 2 -3  Years Explorers
8:00 – 9:15 Breakfast Club (includes breakfast)
9:15 – 12:15 Pre-school
12:15 – 15:30 Pre-school
15:30 – 18:00 After School Club (includes a light tea)

 

We are closed on Bank holidays and Surrey School Half Term breaks
From September our term dates are:

  • Autumn: Monday 3 Sept – Friday 21 December 2018 (Half Term break: 22-26 October) (15 week term)
  • Spring: Wednesday 3 January – Thursday 11 April 2019 (Half Term break: 18 – 22 February) (13 week term)
  • Summer: Tuesday 23 April- Friday 9 August 2019 (Half Term break: 27 – 31 May) (15 week term)        

 


 

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In September 2016 we were rated Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted.
View our Outstanding Ofsted Report  (EY445252)

“Staff establish extremely positive partnerships with parents and encourage the sharing of children’s learning exceptionally well.  Staff provide an outstanding learning environment for children with extensive opportunities and resources for play, exploration and discovery. Children are exceptionally confident and highly motivated to learn”  Ofsted Sept 2016

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Panda Nursery is the trading name of Panda Pre-School Ltd.  Before we became a Limited company we were registered under Ofsted No. 2122726.

We are also very proud to hold the top Food Hygiene Rating (5) following our inspection in July 2015 by Surrey Environmental Health. You can find out more about this at www.food.gov.uk/rating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glebe Meadow – Limpsfield
We are so excited to have moved into our own home. It has taken us 3 years to get things moving, but now our dream has come true. We have designed a purpose built, amazing building which provides the absolute best learning environment for our children. We’ve moved our great team of staff and our outstanding practice into this tranquil, woodland setting and it now enables us to run 8am – 6pm every week day.

Nestled in the woodland and beautiful green space of the Glebe we will be able to take advantage of all the nature, and countryside around us.

We will be able to open at least 43 weeks of the year (see our open hours).

We now offer Pre-school hours with wrap around breakfast and afterschool clubs.

St Peter’s Hall has plenty of parking (we are at the bottom of the car park) which enables you to quickly drop off and pick up as we know your time is precious. We are under 10 minutes from Oxted or Hurst Green train station so can support working, commuting families.

Places are filling up fast – email ali@panda-nursery.co.uk or call us on 07812 522492 to reserve your place

 

 

 

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  •  Parent Info: provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience.  For more information, please visit the website: http://parentinfo.org/

 

  • Family Line is here to listen. No problem is too big or too small. Their helpline is open to  everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or beliefs. They listen well, provide emotional support and can help you to look at potential ways forward. All calls are anonymous.  Call if you’d like to talk in complete confidence on: 0808 800 5678.
  • Children and Family Health Surrey provide NHS children’s community health services across Surrey. Children, young people and their families and carers benefit from one service providing both physical and emotional wellbeing services across the county. These community health services focus on the prevention of ill health, promoting and supporting child development and providing targeted and specialist medical, nursing and therapy services. Find out more: http://childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk/

 

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Ali Thompson - Director, Telephone 07812 522492, Email ali@panda-nursery.co.uk

Panda Nursery, Glebe Meadow, Limpsfield, Surrey RH8 0DG

We are only 10 minutes from Oxted and Hurst Green train stations and have amble parking, to enable quick drop off / pick ups

You can register your place at our nursery by completing and sending in our Panda Application Form – places are filling up fast!

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