Childcare in Gillingham

Tops Gillingham (Baby Grows)

Marlott Road, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4FA 01747 835533
Hours
7:30am - 6pm
Opening Times
Monday - Friday, 52 weeks a year (closed bank holidays)
Manager
Melanie Lockyer

Welcome to Tops Gillingham!

You will find Tops Gillingham (formerly Baby Grows Day Nursery) an active day nursery, catering for children from 3 months old until they are ready to start school. Our nursery prides itself as being a special place to which children of all ages love to come; feeling safe, secure, valued and cared for by each other and by the committed and motivated staff.

Outside you will find an enclosed garden in which your children can play, plant and potter. We are also lucky to be close to paved country walks and local parks as well as on hand for visits to local shops, the library, Post Office and so on, enabling us to broaden your children’s experience of the local community.

Tops Gillingham also has an after school and holiday club service for children aged 5 -8.

Having recently introduced a number of extracurricular activities to the Tops Day Nursery curriculum, please click here to find out more about these additional activities and services being provided.

You may also be entitled to 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 and information on 3 & 4-year-old funding, please click here. Come in and see us for more details (conditions apply).

We look forward to meeting with you.

Melanie Lockyer
(Nursery Manager)
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Melanie LockyerNursery Manager
Take a look at our lovely rooms at Tops Gillingham…

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.

Explorers

The Explorers is the youngest group at Tops with an age range from three months to 24 months. Our under 2’s units have a flexible routine, allowing activities to be altered when children are ready or showing interest in activities other than those currently on offer. We will mirror your child’s care routines from home, so much of the day is flexible to meet individual needs.

Children have free access to a wide range of activities, offering them learning experiences in all areas of the EYFS. 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.

Investigators

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

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.

Room activities change frequently in line with the children’s interest. Please see our gallery for examples of the wonderful activities Tops Gillingham provides.

Feeder Schools – your child’s next step.

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

After-school and holiday club

Tops Gillingham offers an after school and holiday club service to both new and existing parents. The club will be available for children aged 5-8 and a school pick up and drop off service will be available for local schools (subject to demand).

The holiday club will be available on school inset days, Easter half term, summer holidays, October half term and Christmas holidays.

Please see below the Easter Holiday plans for Tops Gillingham Holiday club. We hope you can join us! 

 

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Parents and carers at Tops Gillingham are always very welcome without an appointment. We encourage you to get involved in your child’s life at nursery in many ways; such as a free settling in sessions for the children with you, lots of informal daily communication, parent evenings, termly newsletters, parent noticeboards and dedicated Facebook page.

What our parents say:

    • “Thank you for all the fun and special times you have given William over the past three years. He has thrived and you have all given him the best start we could have wished for.” – Dad of William
    • “Love love love baby grows. its been fantastic for me with the hours that they are open, it has enabled me to go back to work and not worry about my daughter.” Joanna, Mum at Tops Baby Grows

Rated ‘Good’ in our latest Ofsted inspection, to view the Ofsted inspection report for Tops Gillingham, please clickearly years here. Comments we are particularly proud of include:

  • Children are happy, settled and well cared for as staff have a good understanding of their individual needs.
  • Staff establish strong working relationships with parents to support them in meeting children’s needs consistently.
  • The broad range of interesting and stimulating play opportunities means that children are making good progress in their learning and development.

To view the full inspection report, please click here.

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