Tops Charminster

Claremont Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset BH9 3HD 01202 614005
7am - 6pm
Opening Times
Monday - Friday, 52 weeks a year (closed bank holidays)
Claire Rockingham

Welcome to Tops Charminster

We are a friendly and active nursery based just off Castle Lane West in Bournemouth. We cater for children from 18 months until they are ready to start school, and we have been rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Every 15 minutes is important and your time is valuable. That’s why we offer flexible childcare –  so you only pay for the time you need.

We have a great team of staff at Tops Charminster who are very approachable, knowledgeable and are always happy to help. The children enjoy a variety of experiences here, especially exploring their senses through lots of messy play.

Come and visit us to see what life is like at Tops Charminster. We would love to meet you! Pop in and see us or come along to our free ‘Stay & Play’ which is held every Thursday from 9.30am – 10.30am. Everybody is welcome.

We have also launched our popular Tops Forest School at our nursery. This is a unique experience for our Pre-school children by taking them once a week on outings, teaching them about nature through nature. We will be bringing the curriculum we work to outdoors, teaching children new skills that they would not be able to learn indoors. For more details on the Tops Forest School, please ask at the nursery.

We have recently introduced a number of extracurricular activities in the Tops Day Nursery curriculum, please click here to find out more additional activities and services provided by Tops Day Nurseries.

We can offer 15 hours  funding which is available for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds! To find out more about 2-year-old funding, please click here. To find out more about 3 & 4-year-old funding, please click here. Come in and see us for more details, conditions apply.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

Claire Rockingham
(Nursery Manager)
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Claire RockinghamNursery Manager
Take a look at our lovely rooms at Tops Charminster…

Whilst your child is in our care we are more than happy for you to call us as often as you like to talk to a member of staff about your child and their day at nursery. During your child’s day at nursery we will record important information to share with you, such as sleep times/nappy changes and information about milk/food intake. This information is added to a daily report which is submitted onto EYLOG.

Investigators – 2 and 3 Years

Our 2 to 3 year old unit has a flexible routine, allowing activities to be altered when children are ready or showing interest in activities other than those currently on offer. The children can choose what they would like to play with and they are able to select the toys and equipment themselves.

Planned activities are created from the children’s interests and areas of their development being supported.  During circle time the children are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities, some of which are from the Rainbow Project, which will support and promote social and emotional aspects of learning.

Outdoor play or group activities allow children to develop skills of co-operation when working and playing with their peers. All the activities are play based but challenging and take account of the individual needs of the children.  They are all carried out in a safe and stimulating environment and in line with the current EYFS guidelines.

Pre-School – 3 and 4 year olds

Children have free access to a wide range of activities, offering them learning experiences in all areas of the EYFS.  During play the children socialise with each other and with the practitioners and are able to work on developing a variety of skills.

Self registration will support the children in beginning to recognise the letters of their name.  Each day when your child arrives they will be encouraged to find and place their name on the self registration board. Letters and Sounds is a teaching programme designed to help children understand how the alphabet works for reading and spelling and is delivered through a variety of fun activities.  The activities pave the way for children to make a good start in reading and writing.

All children have access to the garden daily. Outdoor play or group activities allow children to develop skills of co-operation when working and playing with their peers. All the activities are play based but challenging and take account of the individual needs of the children.  They are all carried out in a safe and stimulating environment and in line with the current EYFS guidelines.

Feeder Schools – your child’s next step

We are often asked where we ‘sit’ in the pyramid of schools in Charminster and the surrounding area. Most of our children go on to attend the following local schools:

Tops Charminster – Mini Beasts Play Club

Mini Beasts is a fun and friendly group for 5 – 11 year olds held at Tops Charminster. We run action-packed holiday clubs across the summer, Easter and Christmas holidays as well as at half terms breaks.

Please see below the Easter Holiday plans for Tops Charminster’s Mini Beasts Holiday club. We hope you can join us! 



Tops Charminster – Parents & Carers

Parents and carers at Tops Charminster are always very welcome. We encourage you to get involved in your child’s life at nursery in lots of ways, such a free settling in sessions for the children with their parents, lots of informal daily communication, parent evenings, termly magazines, parent noticeboards and our active Facebook page.

What our parents say:

  • “Care is excellent and the kids get so much fun in the nursery!” Aleksandra, parent at Tops Charminster
  • “My son has a beautiful relationship with the nursery manager and is excited to go the nursery.” JW, parent at Tops Charminster
  • “My daughter went to several different nurseries and she was not happy so we swapped to another and we found Tops Day Nurseries in Bournemouth Charminister. She loves being there.” Aleksandra, parent at Tops Charminster
  • “I am regularly presented with pictures and things he has made and all the staff make sure I am kept up-to-date with what he’s done each day.” JW, parent at Tops Charminster

Tops Charminster – Ofsted


We were rated ‘Good’ in our latest Ofsted inspection. Some of the comments we are particularly proud of are:

  • Staff provide a welcoming and stimulating environment and encourage children to explore and investigate independently, with friends, and through adult-led activities.
  • There is an extensive range of play equipment and resources, which staff arrange thoughtfully so that children can easily select items spontaneously.
  • Staff use a clear online system to monitor children’s progress.
  • Children enjoy their time at the nursery, and staff have a good understanding of the learning and development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

To read our Ofsted inspection please click here.


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