Operations Team

Area managers support the nursery manager and team to provide a top quality environment for your children.

This includes helping the manager to identify any issues with the building, fixtures and fittings and most importantly, through the staff training and support for all colleagues.  They visit at least once a month for the whole day, and more often as appropriate.  Area managers are further supported by the Operations Director, and the other Directors based in Bournemouth.

Amy Alderson - Operations Director

Amy joined the Tops Day Nurseries family in Dec 2006 as deputy manager, before being promoted to Nursery Manager at Tops Boscombe. In 2013 Amy was promoted to Area Manager, Managing all central nurseries including Tops Poole, Tops Parkstone, Tops Bournemouth, Tops Boscombe and Tops Charminster.

Amy was promoted to Operations Director in 2014 and now supports all nurseries with leading training sessions, monitoring and improving quality and managing the operations team.

Amy is an Early Years Professional holding a post graduate qualification as well as a Early Years Degree. Amy has over 13 year’s childcare experience, 10 years at Tops.

Diane Wycherley - Senior Area Manager

Diane joined Tops Day Nurseries as Tops Portsmouth Manager, and was promoted to Area Manager in 2012.

During her time with Tops, Diane has introduced the no-added sugar menus, eyLog and eyMan and has won multiple awards such as ‘Most Inspirational person’.

Diane holds a Btec national diploma in child care and Early Years Professional status (LV6) EYP.

Paula Garrett - Area Manager

Paula has worked within the childcare sector for over 30 years in a range of positions and joined the Tops Day Nurseries family in 2004 as the Nursery Manager at Tops Poole, before transferring to Tops Wimborne in 2013.

Paula is the companies SENDco and is qualified to NVQ L4 in Childcare and Early Years, working towards NVQ L5 in Management and Advanced Practice in Early Years.

Vicki Sedgwick - Area Manager

Vicki started with Tops Day Nurseries in 2012 at Tops Boscombe as a Senior Practitioner. In May 2015 Vicki was appointed Nursery Manager of Tops Boscombe and also became the Designated Safeguarding Lead. In June 2017 she was appointed Senior Nursery Manager working alongside my Area Manager and Operations team supporting the Nursery Managers in the central area to ensure best practice is met whilst still managing the Boscombe nursery.

Vicki joined the operations team in September 2018 as Area Manager. She joins the operations team with over 15 years’ experience in the childcare sector. Vicki has a BA (hons) in learning in families, schools and beyond and also a foundations degree in Early Years. Vicki has also completed her Level 3 in Management with Aspire Training Team as well as various other short courses.

Tracey Stokes - Area Manager