What makes Tops different?

Tops Day Nurseries offers happy, nurturing care for the hours you need. You will not only find us providing the highest standards in safety and security, but we believe in empowering your children to be the best they can be.

Click here to view our BBC Breakfast interview on our decision to ban glitter.

Unique flexibility

Every 15 minutes is important because your time is valuable which is why we offer flexible Early Education and Care, so you only pay for the time you need.

With long opening hours, from 6am-8pm including bank holidays, it means we are here when you need us. There’s also free settling-in sessions and we offer you a variety of funding options.

In addition, to assist you in those testing times, Emergency childcare is also available at short notice. For further information, contact us.

15 minute bookings are available at the vast majority of our nurseries but not all. Please refer to your individual nursery page to find out if applicable.

Qualified people

Tops have an outstanding reputation in delivering the best quality Early Education and Care across the South, operating nurseries and play clubs across Dorset, Hampshire, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Tops are fortunate enough to have a sister company, Aspire Training Team, that provides in house training which is delivered across the Tops family. Aspire offers a variety of courses not only to Tops colleagues but also colleagues in other nurseries and businesses. Some courses that Aspire offer include; L2, L3 and L5 childcare, L2 and L3 business admin as well as team leading and customer service courses.

We also have a small team exclusive to Tops, who deliver training directly to colleagues to support them in their work. Our colleagues have access to a high level of training and support, up to 33 days of paid training per year as well as support for unpaid training and experiences too.

So you can be certain that our Tops staff are provided with world class training to ensure the very best Education and Care is available for your child.

Meet our team

Care in Every Detail

At Tops, all children have a key person responsible for every aspect of their development.

With the eyLog app for web and mobile, you can follow your child’s learning journey. This includes development observations recorded by practitioners during their stay, as well as photos, videos and a daily diary recording eating and toilet habits.

You can learn more from the blog post: ‘eyLog at Tops Day Nurseries’, about how we use eyLog to provide you with visibility, and your child with fun, high-quality ongoing development.

You can also read about early years development in the Parents guide to Early Years Foundation Stage.

Environments to Protect and Stimulate

Particular pride is provided for our sustainable outdoor and indoor environments where your children can feel safe and able to explore and discover.

Research shows that having bright colours on the walls can be overwhelming for children, reducing their ability to concentrate and learn. All Tops Day Nurseries have been specially designed with neutral walls to help children focus on learning through play.

Outings are regularly arranged where children can discover the great outdoors with the safety of supervision from Tops fully qualified practitioners and Early Years Professionals.

Promoting healthy living

Research confirms that healthy eating habits in the years before school are very important because they influence growth, development and academic achievement in later life.

No added sugar menus have been designed to ensure your children have a fully balanced diet throughout the day, including a variety of original meals, with one fully vegetarian day per week.

Visit our blog for recipes and menus

Fun-filled activities

In addition to the flexible childcare provided, Tops nurseries offer a range of extra-curricular activities for you and your children.

From exploring nature in Tops Forest School to sports clubs such as Football Fun and Rugby Rangers, together with core skills including tooth brushing and potty training, there’s so much for your child to learn and enjoy.

Discover our extra-curricular activities

Care for the planet

As an environmentally-conscious business, Tops Day Nurseries are always looking for ways to care for the planet in everything they do.

All nurseries are rigorously reviewed to ensure the carbon footprint is minimised, as well as having integrated learning sessions for children on the subject of caring for the environment, growing their own food and being waste conscious.

To further assist with the environmental awareness, we are working with a new environmental charity, ‘GECCO’, which has been launched with the aim of preventing waste and the promoting of re-use and recycling.

Visit the GECCO website

Any questions?

There’s lots for you to consider when choosing a day nursery and we would love to speak to you to see how we can help you further. Please feel free to drop us a message using the form below, or arrange a visit at one of our Nurseries.

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