Welcome to Tops Christchurch

The newly renovated old Priory Hall has been transformed into a beautiful nursery with a stunning custom designed garden.

The nursery benefits from being just a short walk from the priory, the children enjoy being able to go on walks within the local community to feed the ducks, watch the boats, explore the local park and much more. This allows our children to be able to enjoy the outdoors environment through regular outings and trips through our Tops Forest school.

We want all of our children to be independent and inquisitive learners. We place great emphasis on supporting children to develop their confidence and self-esteem and to realise their full potential. Children are encouraged to explore and investigate, to question and to develop their own ideas.

Learning should be fun and learning through play is at the heart of the EYFS. We provide a fun, stimulating and inviting environment where children can experience a wide range of activities and learning opportunities both inside and outside.

We enjoy working in partnership with our parents, carers and families to support their child’s learning at nursery and at home.

This nursery is part of a group that provides the most eco-sustainable childcare and education 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.

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Nursery manager:

Iain Hayman
Nursery Manager

Our Ofsted rating:

Good - view report

Where to find us:

Priory Hall
Princess Avenue
BH23 1DE

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Opening times:

  • Monday - Friday 6 am - 8 pm, 52 weeks a year including bank holidays. Only closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Any questions?

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What makes Tops different?


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

The Environments

Particular pride is provided for both outdoor and indoor environments. Each Tops Day Nursery has a rich and vibrant environment, 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. With the eyLog app for web and mobile, you can follow your child’s learning journey.

How Tops makes a difference

Some of our friendly Tops Christchurch team:

Iain Hayman

Nursery Manager