Nursery Manager:

Donna Mooney - BA hons in Early Years Education, Masters in Education
Nursery Manager

Our Ofsted rating:

Good - view report

Where to find us:

c/o DELL Children's Centre
375 Blandford Road

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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: Efford Nursery, Plymouth

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Our Efford day nursery & preschool in Plymouth is part of DELL Children’s Centre –  for children and their families covering Deer Park, Efford, Lipson and Laira. The nursery provides Early Education and Care for children from 3 months – preschool age and also features a Hi 5’s before and after school club for children up to the age of 11.

You can view our hourly rates and optional extras on our price list here: Tops Efford Price List. Find out more about 2, 3 and 4 year old funding and working tax credits here.

Tops Efford is fortunate enough to be nestled a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Efford Marsh– a breathtaking Nature Reserve which spans 28 hectares. Tops Forest School children could have the opportunity to explore sensory fields of wild garlic and bluebells and try their hand at tracking badgers or identifying wildflowers and trees.

Additional Care
Tops Efford no longer offers a Hi5’s Holiday Club but instead will be offering additional care outside the scheduled hours at the nursery’s standard hourly rate.

Our bright open-plan rooms allow children in our care to explore a vast array of natural resources. The children in preschool have free-flow access into our impressive garden space, which features a climbing frame, slide, sandpit and much more.

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.

The children at Tops benefit from 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 Efford 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.

Tops Efford 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 Efford day nursery is one of the 6 Early Education and Care settings within the Tops Day Nurseries family to open in the Plymouth and Torbay area, following Tops Babbacombe in Torquay, Tops Bretonside in Plymouth City Centre, Tops Efford at DELL Children’s Centre, Tops Prince Rock and Tops Stonehouse near Wyndham Square.

We have a number of nurseries in Plymouth and over the Christmas period (usually 2 weeks) we offer childcare at a minimum of 2 of our nurseries in Plymouth. We will always try to ensure we allocate a member of the team from each of the closed nurseries to maintain continuity for your child during this period.

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WhatEfford Nurseryparents & carers say

“I love that the staff take the children out on little trips and I know my son enjoys this. ”


“My daughter loves attending pre-school, I cannot praise the staff enough for all the support they have shown us.”


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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 friendlyEfford Nurseryteam:

Donna Mooney - BA hons in Early Years Education, Masters in Education

Nursery Manager

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