Nursery Manager:

Teresa Barbero-Lopez

Our Ofsted rating:

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Where to find us:

Tops Day Nurseries: Bournemouth Nursery,
Royal Hospital,
Castle Ln E,

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Opening times:

  • Monday - Friday: 6am - 8pm*
  • 52 weeks a year including bank holidays*, only closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
  • *subject to local demand

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Welcome to Tops Day Nurseries: Bournemouth Nursery, Dorset

Subsidised rate for University Hospitals Dorset employees, get in touch to find out more.

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At our Bournemouth nursery & preschool in Dorset, we pride ourselves in providing challenging, open-ended Early Education and Care, with endless opportunities for the children to explore their environments.

We are based onsite at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital, and offer a subsidised rate for RBCH staff.

3 & 4-year old funding now available! 

Find out about 2, 3 and 4 year old funding and working tax credits here.

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Our Bournemouth day nursery is one of the largest in the Tops family, and has supported thousands of families with Early Education and Care over the years. We have cared for and watched babies from 3 months old to pre-school children getting ready for ‘big school’.

Our practice is inspired by Reggio Emilia and Scandinavian ethos – we believe that children should be surrounded by beautiful, aesthetic things and exposed to inspirational experiences. We put a big emphasis on the way we teach children and what resources we use. In daily activities, children have opportunities to use their imagination as well as develop critical thinking.

We strongly believe that children must be confident to develop and become curious, inquisitive adults. This is fostered by our carefully selected staff, who pride themselves on building strong relationships with children through our key worker system.

At Tops Day Nurseries our aim is for all children to meet or exceed expected development for their age. We are implementing ‘SchemaPlay’ across all of our settings to help narrow the gap for any children showing signs of delay and to also enhance the learning experiences for all children that attend our settings. ‘SchemaPlay have recently created a video to help parents understand what schemes are, and how these can be identified and promoted at home. Watch the full video here’.

We respect children and believe that they deserve the best possible start into their journey of life, that is why we ensure that we provide happy, loving care and education.

We also provide children at Tops our balanced no-added sugar menus that we have designed to support growth and development using the Children’s Food Trust Recommendations.  To view our healthy, nutritious recipes click here.

Tops Bournemouth also implements extra-curricular activities in line with the rest of the Tops Day Nurseries family. For example, Tops Cooking School, Boogie Mites, yoga, tooth brushing, Football Fun and much more!

Our Bournemouth day nursery is one of the four Early Education and Care settings within the Tops Day Nurseries family based in the Bournemouth area, including Tops Boscombe at Wolverton Road, Tops Charminster at Claremont Avenue and Tops Christchurch set in the old Priory Hall.

This nursery is part of a group that provides the most eco-sustainable Early Education and Care in the UK, being respectful of the environment and acting to reduce, re-use and recycle resources is an important part of the culture and routine for the children and staff.

Are you looking for a breakfast, after school or holiday club? Take a look here to find your nearest Hi 5’s after school club in Bournemouth.

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WhatBournemouth Nurseryparents & carers say

“Our son who is almost 5 attended a different day nursery and I wish now we had sent him to Tops as well. Tops is much better in every single way, where the other nursery lacked communication with parents and enthusiasm with their children, Tops excels in those areas. Its hard as a parent trying to find the best nursery for your baby, and then the last thing you want to do is move them once your baby is settled if you don't feel the nursery is living up to expectations. With Tops, you won't have that issue. Tops is a great Nursery, I wish we had used it before.”


“This afternoon after Nursery we baked some Halloween Biscuits! Lila was very keen to help & get stuck in weighing & mixing all the ingredients up. I have done a bit of baking with her before but today I saw such a difference - she was so confident in what she was doing & I believe that is down to Cooking school & what she has been learning over the past few weeks. She has enjoyed it so much. Thank you Kavitha for all your hard work you have put in! ☺ ”

“My daughter has been attending Tops Bournemouth since September 2015 she absolutely loves it and don't doubt it is because of the nurturing environment. She has had the opportunity to attend a tops forest school and has loved exploring nature and muddy puddles! ”


“Lovely environment for children to learn through play.”


“I’ve never seen him so happy and he loves telling me about his day!”

Kelly D

“I am safe in the knowledge that I can go to work and he’s well looked after!! Thanks Tops.”


“I was very impressed and happy with the effort you gave my son to speak basic Arabic… like saying thank you, please and numbers. I’ve just finished watching all the videos on eyLog. A very big thank you!”

Naveen S

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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 friendlyBournemouth Nurseryteam:

Teresa Barbero-Lopez