Gingerbread House Day Nursery & Pre-School, South Croydon

Set within the lovely residential area of Purley in South Croydon, Gingerbread House Day Nursery and Pre-School welcomes children aged from six months to five years old.

Our brilliant three-story setting is excellently resourced with the needs of children in mind. Both our indoor and outdoor environments are expertly used by our nursery team to provide engaging learning experiences that encourage Early Years development.


A welcoming ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere which helps children to settle quickly

An exciting experience that reflects the individual needs and interest of every child

Healthy and delicious meals from our seasonal menu, freshly prepared at the nursery

An adventure-filled garden with space to run, climb, and jump as children develop their physical abilities

Funded childcare places available

The Partou experience

At Partou, the children lead the way. They explore their surroundings and learn about the world they live in, by choosing for themselves which activity they want to join in with next.

Our team are there to care for them and keep them safe. To nurture their emerging abilities and encourage them to seize each fun-packed day. But not to tell them what to do next.

Why? Because when children are allowed to choose their own activities, rather than being told what to do, they naturally choose the activities they’re most interested in. And scientific research has shown that being interested in what they’re doing is the easiest and best way for children to learn.

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Food and menus

Creating healthy eating habits for young children stretches far beyond their time with us. It encourages a lifelong positive relationship with food whilst building healthy bodies and healthy minds. Here’s how we encourage healthy eating habits:

  • Rotating menus: Evidence shows regular exposure to foods helps children to develop their taste for them, yet we still want to offer variety. So, we rotate our menus on a three-to-four-week basis, offering the perfect balance between exposing children to new foods yet allowing them to become familiar with flavours.
  • A lunchtime focus: We prioritise lunch as a time where children can enjoy their food. There is a social aspect to all lunches and, where possible, children are encouraged to take an active interest in the food they eat.
  • Fresh food everyday: We serve children fresh food every day and accommodate many different dietary requirements. We have procedures in place to protect children with food allergies and offer different meal options too. If your child has a dietary requirement, simply let us know as part of our registration process and we’ll make sure we meet the needs of your child.

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Nursery fees

Age Full Time
Weekly Rate
8:00am – 6:00pm
8:00am – 1:00pm
1:00pm – 6:00pm
0 to 3 £375.75 £82.50 £46.15 £42.50
3+ £344.75 £74.75 £42.80 £41.65


Registration Fee: £75 (Non Refundable)
5% discount off eldest child’s fees for siblings

Additional Options: Early Start: £6.65 (from 7:30am)

  • Universal 15 hours free childcare entitlement is available to all 3 and 4 year olds, extending to 30 hours for eligible working families*.
  • 15 hour free childcare entitlement is also available to 2-year-olds subject to availability.

For the latest childcare funding information, please visit our dedicated resource page.

* Please note that free childcare entitlement from the government is only applied to the ‘care’ element of your invoice and does not cover meals which are charged at £9.00 per morning session and £8.00 per afternoon session.

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Gingerbread House
Day Nursery
& Pre-school

020 8645 9879

Open Mon - Fri, 7.30am to 6.00pm

81 Purley Downs Road, South Croydon, CR2 0RJ

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What families say?

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Caroline G

5 stars

26 March 2024

All the staff are friendly, helpful and accommodating with both my children’s needs/requirements. We receive thoughtful feedback and apply at home if applicable. It’s so comforting to know from when I drop my kids off to picking them up that they are safe and happy.


5 stars

17 January 2024

The last six months at Gingerbread House have been great, the children seem a lot happier and the staff group is stable. The key workers and nursery nurses are amazing and they really take time to tell you about your child’s day, how to improve skills and ideas for at home. The new management team ...

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Rosie W

4 stars

17 January 2024

I have been impressed with how the staff care for my child. The manager is very present and approachable. I feel there is a good range of activities for my child to do and wherever possible (weather permitting) they are encouraged to get outside to play.


5 stars

17 January 2024

My daughter has been going to Gingerbread House Nursery for over two years now. She’s very happy at the nursery and the staff are all very kind and attentive and she looks forward to going to nursery every day.

Laura R

5 stars

28 April 2023

My eldest daughter started in Gingerbread House Day Nursery when she was only nine months and she has loved her time there. All the teachers and nursery practitioners are lovely and kind and ensure that she's well looked after when we are at work. Now that she's four and almost ready to start recepti...

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5 stars

27 April 2023

It’s always a pleasure speaking to and dealing with the team, both in the office and in the toddler room. Our son has settled in well and has built great relationships with the staff. I have recommended Gingerbread House Day Nursery to a number of other parents because we are so happy with everythi...

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5 stars

27 April 2023

Since our daughter began at Gingerbread House Day Nursery, she has absolutely flourished. The curiosity, child-led and 'learn through play' approach is just what she needs. Her key worker is fantastic, caring and supportive. There's always a homely feel inside the nursery and our daughter is just so ...

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2 stars

24 February 2023

An awful nursery that is currently struggling. There are staff shortages, building issues and terrible financial management. I booked places for my two children while still pregnant with my second, giving 18 months notice to the start date. 5 weeks after they started the nursery realised they had no ...

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Tia L

5 stars

14 February 2023

Gingerbread House is a lovely nursery, with very caring and trustworthy staff. My daughter always loved attending and always came home with a massive smile on her face. I love that the handover and observations were sent to me on a daily basis and was able to see pictures of my little girl having fun...

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Janet P

5 stars

08 August 2022

Ever since our daughter has joined the nursery, she feels like she is at her 2nd home. The staff have got to know our daughter so well like she is part of the family. Our daughter settled in very easily and has recently moved into the toddler room, where she also transitioned really easily with the...

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5 stars

07 July 2022

Excellent nursery, amazing staff, both of my children are happy, the activities in the pre school year are gearing towards my son starting primary school. My daughter's development and social skills are great and you would never be able to tell she’s a covid baby! I’m so grateful for all the staf...

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Elizabeth C

4 stars

25 February 2022

Our daughter has attended the Gingerbread House Nursery for almost three years. It is a very welcoming and safe environment for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with lots of stimulating toys, a nice outdoor space and friendly staff. She has been very happy there and is well looked after. The staff ...

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Nicla D

3 stars

28 January 2022

My son has attended the nursery since May 2021. He suffers from separation anxiety so drop-offs are never easy. However difficult it is, the staff never fails to reassure him making him feel safe and welcome. They are also great at giving handovers and often give tips and suggestions on how to suppor...

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Amira L

4 stars

16 May 2021

My daughter has attended the nursery since November 2020. She settled really quickly and now loves going to nursery. The management and staff are very good and friendly and they take care of my little one. They do a lot of different activities every day and they provide a detailed handover and pictur...

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Sarah T

5 stars

15 January 2021

My son started in Pre-School in October and has settled in really quickly. He talks very positively about the staff and his new friends so I am confident that he is happy and very well looked after. I also love seeing the comments and photos on the app to see what he has been doing each day and what ...

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Why Partou?

For us at Partou, childcare isn’t just a job, it’s a journey – one where every child leads us in a unique new direction.

As part of the Netherlands’ largest childcare group, we’ve access to world-leading expertise in learning and development, so you can be confident your child will benefit from an experience as unique as they are.

Of course, care is as much about empathy as education, and ours is a child-led approach that emphasises building confidence and curiosity – so that every child in our care has the freedom to flourish.

Reassurance for you and your little one


We’re more than just a team; we’re a close community driven by our passion for childcare, and our commitment to each individual child’s development. We know that by working together, we’re stronger.


In our community, compassion isn’t just a word; it’s our way of life. By embracing our differences, we make our community more diverse and vibrant. We build strong, supportive relationships with the children and each other, based on trust and understanding.

Continuous learning

We believe strongly in development, for the children in our care and for ourselves. Through continuous learning, we help our team and our children reach their full potential. Together, we make a positive impact, in our communities and across wider society.

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