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Open 8am-6pm

Set in the beautiful Glebe Meadow, Limpsfield our woodland nursery is open 8am – 6pm. We have designed our own purpose built nursery around the needs of our children. Open Monday to Friday. Pre-school hours, or you can tag on breakfast and afterschool care. For children 2 – 5 years old.

All funding accepted

FEET, and FEE 3-5 year old 15 hour and 30 hour funding accepted to cover 38 weeks of the year. We are open 5 weeks longer than school term time – all places are for 43 weeks of the year (please note we are not open every week of the year – please see our term dates below) Call Ali on 07812 522492 to register

Nursery Role

We are currently looking for a inspiring practitioner to join our outstanding team. View our blog for more details

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.

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 60 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.

Our Approach: We run a planning in the moment approach. This means we don’t spend hours planning sessions, but all staff understand the importance of planning at that moment, when they see the opportunity to step in and support / extend a child’s learning. This may be introducing new resources into their play or new ideas. Our approach is totally led by the children and their play. We do spend a lot of time reflecting and adapting our environment, based on the needs of the children in the session – to provide a learning rich environment for them to explore and learn.

We are also inspired by the Curiosity Approach, based on the philosophy that children learn by tinkering and exploring, loose and authentic resources. We are on a journey to replace the plastic toys with wooden, authentic items from home, upcycling whether we can, to enhance the learning experience of our children.

We have high aspirations for all our little Pandas. We support each one of them to be:                                       

Passionate about learning and prepared for school
confident communicator who can make friends and respect others
ot afraid to take risks and find new challenges
etermined and resilient
n independent little being and creative thinker 

“Staff have high expectations for children’s behaviour and act as positive role models. Leaders are committed to providing a high standard of care and education.” Ofsted 2022



Panda in a nutshell

Painting at Panda!

Getting messy!


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

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


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

Bring your dad to nursery

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


“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.

Our nursery is committed to ensuring that our teaching, learning and caring environment promotes and upholds ‘British Values’ which involves valuing and being aware of the multicultural society we live in.

We do this by encouraging:
• Children to learn right from wrong
• Encouraging turning taking, sharing and inclusion
• Challenging (and encouraging children to challenge) negative attitudes and stereotypes
• Demonstrating (and encouraging children to demonstrate) mutual respect to one another and tolerance to those with different faith and beliefs.



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 focus for our two year olds is to help them feel safe and settled in an environment away from their parents or main carers,  helping them develop their confidence and independence.

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!


Our adventurer group are 3yrs old, usually going to school the following year and the focus on learning through play continues. We are led on the children’s adventurers and support them to become independent and ready for the next stage in their life, 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.  I can make friends and know I have choices and how to make the right choice.  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.

Healthy Eating

Each session children are asked to bring in a piece of fruit for the sharing basket, the fruit is washed and shared with the children during the session.

Children bring packed lunches to the afternoon session or if they come all day. 

We cook fresh, home made, healthy and yummy food for our breakfast and afterschool clubs on site. Made by our wonderful nursery chef. All allergies are catered for and we are a nuts free zone. 

SEN 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. Our SENCO is Kelly Thompson supported by Ali Thompson and all Key Workers.

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 parents 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!

More than just Early Years Practitioners 
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. 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.

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.

Current Vacancies:

  • Level 3 / Level 2 – part time position
  • 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

A bit about our Director


I’ve been involved with Panda for over 12 years now. I started out supporting my mother in law June Thompson who dedicated over 19 years to Panda and is still on hand now!

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.

 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.

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.  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


Every day we aim to be one step better than we were yesterday.

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.


Happy Parents


Important Info


Free Early Education for Two Year Olds image, used on Panda Nursery's website. Panda nursery is in Limpsfield, near Oxted, Surrey


We accept 15, 30 hour and 2 year old funding. Outside of this funding all hours are chargeable.  Please note all places are for 43 weeks of the year. We are not open the full 52 weeks of the year.

How do you claim the funding?

FEET Funding 
You can use FEET funding at Panda stretched across 43 weeks of the year – which equals a maximum of 13 hours a week. Surrey Council also restrict the total amount of hours you can claim per term, so please refer to our funding guide before confirming your hours.

Universal Funding (15 Hours for 3 – 4 year olds)
All children in the term after they are 3 years old are entitled to the universal 15 hours. We arrange this for you, we’ll pass you a form to complete at the end of the term before you can start claiming.

Working Entitlement Funding (30 hours for 3-4 year olds / 15 hours for 2 year olds)
You may also be eligible for this 15 hours funding if you meet the criteria. You can find out more about this criteria on the Surrey Early Years website

To claim the 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.

Funding limits
Please note that Surrey Council only allow us to claim 3 year old funding during surrey term time (38 weeks of the year). Panda runs for 43 weeks of the year, so for 5 weeks a year our sessions are fully chargeable. This usually works out that 1 week in Autumn term is chargeable and 2 weeks in our Spring and Summer terms.

At Panda you can use your funding to cover morning or afternoon sessions but if your child comes all day you pay for 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Government tax accounts and Childcare Vouchers
We accept payment from both the government child tax accounts and childcare voucher scheme. Please let us know the name of your childcare provider and we can send you our account reference

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 us 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 email ali@panda-nursery.co.uk for an 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   

We are open 8am – 6pm every week day for 43 weeks of the year. Children can attend for the standard pre-school day or tag our breakfast and/ or afterschool club onto the day.

Please note the age below is usually the age the children start in the groups. Children typically stay in the same group for the academic year.

Children 3.5 – 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 – 16:30 / 18:00 After School Club (includes a light tea)
Children 2 -3.5  Years Explorers
8:00 – 9:15 Breakfast Club (includes breakfast)
9:15 – 12:15 Pre-school
12:15 – 15:30 Pre-school
15:30 – 16:30 / 18:00 After School Club (includes a light tea)

We are closed on Bank holidays and Surrey School Half Term breaks

Term dates:

2023 – 2024

Summer Term: Monday 8 April – Monday 5 August 2024
(Half Term break 27 May – 31 May)

2024 – 2025

Autumn Term: Monday 2 September – Friday 20 December 2024
(Half Term break 28 October – 1 November)

Spring Term: Monday 6 January – Friday 11 April 2025
(Half Term break 17 February – 21 February)

Summer Term: Monday 22 April – Friday 8 August 2025
(Half Term break 26 May – 30 May)

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Location and Contact details

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

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

Driven by our dream for Panda Nursery to have its own home, we have designed a purpose built, amazing building which provides the absolute best learning environment for our children. Nestled in the woodland and beautiful green space of the Glebe Meadow we take advantage of all the nature, and countryside around us.

We are located at the bottom of St Peter’s Hall car park – on the Glebe Meadow. We have plenty of parking 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.

You can request an application form by emailing ali@panda-nursery.co.uk or giving us a call on 07812 522492

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