Tilly the Playbus

Tilly the Playbus is run as a charity, supported by Tops Day Nurseries, donations and charges.

Tilly brings play opportunities to children in Dorset, either with their parents, as a crèche facility or alongside an event.  The playbus has a toilet, handwash basin and change facilities on board for babies and toddlers, and can accommodate breastfeeding mothers as well.







A Day Nursery on Wheels

Tilly the playbus will offer Early Childhood Education and Play. The playbus comes with resources such as books, sandplay, puzzles and games, craft activities, loose parts play and music – Like a day nursery on wheels! There will be experienced Early Years practitioners on board to support the children to learn and play.

The playbus can also be used for parties such as birthdays, in which case healthy party food and drinks can be supplied at an additional charge per head, supplied by the professional chef team based at Tops Wimborne. The bus will also supply all crockery and cutlery to reduce the use of one-use plastic.


All children are welcome but be aware that there is a step up into the bus and steep stairs to the upper level so unless non mobile children can be carried, access is limited, and there is no wheelchair access for adults.


  • £220 for 2 hours   £240 for 2 hours at weekends (includes water and fruit)
  • £50 for extra hours
  • £50p per mile Plus Bus Driver Charge £50 for 3 hours including travel time.
  • Food £3 per person

Charges are based on a 2 hour minimum charge for the bus.  If the bus needs to be moved to a different location, a mileage and driver charge is applied.  The number of staff on board depends on whether parents are supervising their own children or not, the number of children, the age and needs of the children, and is an additional charge.

Click here to have a look at some of Tilly’s history or email us at Tillyplaybus@topsdaynurseries.co.uk to find out more.

Arrange a visit

Where to find us:

Leigh Road
BH21 2BX

(view on map)

Any questions?

Take a look inside Tilly the Playbus

What makes Tops different?


With opening hours, from 6am-8pm including bank holidays, it means we are here when you need us. Offering Education & Care with 15-minute intervals, so you only pay for the childcare you need. (Available at the majority of our nurseries but not all.)

The Environments

Particular pride is provided for our sustainable outdoor and indoor environments. Each Tops Day Nursery has natural, sustainable, rich and vibrant environments, custom-built to encourage your children's safe exploration, learning and discovery.


At Tops, all children have a key person responsible for every aspect of their ongoing development. Follow and contribute to your child’s learning journey with the eyLog app for web and mobile.

How Tops makes a difference

Some of our friendlyTilly the Playbusteam: