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Large, leading day nursery in Surrey sold, for the first time

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the sale of Lilliput Children’s Centre in Hersham, Surrey.

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Lilliput Children’s Centre is a one-of-a-kind, flagship day nursery setting which can cater for over 150 children at any one time.

Since opening the setting, which was a formerly a Victorian schoolhouse, in 1992, owners, Phyll and Tony Cunningham, have taken the nursery from strength to strength. It began as one of the first full-time day-care settings in the area, and has blossomed into a business which prides itself on offering an environment where children can develop and grow holistically and academically.

Following a confidential sales process with Christie & Co, it has been purchased by Bright Stars Nurseries, which takes the group to 87 settings across London and the South.   

Stephen Booty, Chairman at Bright Stars Nurseries, comments, “Tony and Phyll have built a high-quality nursery and maintained its standards over many years. Focusing on the individual child, they have created a wonderful environment and we are delighted to have Lilliput as part our Group. We look forward to working with Melanie and Teresa to maintain this lovely nursery.”

Sophie Willcox, Director – Childcare & Education at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, comments, “Lilliput Children’s Centre is truly unique, and so I wasn’t surprised to have received the level of interest that we did. It is the perfect fit for Bright Stars whose ethos is to own and operate nurseries of the highest calibre, and I wish them every success for the future of the business.   

“We have entered 2023 in much the same as how we left 2022; with plenty of activity and interest in high-quality settings on both a freehold and leasehold basis.”

Lilliput Children’s Centre was sold for an undisclosed price.

For further information on this press release, contact:
Phoebe Burrows, Corporate Communications Manager
P: 07540 063 598 or E:

Contact the agent:
Sophie Willcox, Director – Childcare & Education
P: 07736 620 855 or E:

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