Nursery Manager:

Steph Ridealgh

Where to find us:

4C Wolverton 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: Pokesdown Nursery, Bournemouth

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

At our Pokesdown day nursery & preschool in Bournemouth, we believe in providing Early Education and Care through active learning, where children are deeply engaged in the process. We offer a safe and secure environment so children can take risks and have fun. Our nurturing care doesn’t just apply to the children but to the parents as well, we make sure to support our parents wherever we can, after all, they are a part of the Tops family to.

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

There are no worksheets or workbooks in our nurseries – we want to inspire children to explore, investigate, design and work things out for themselves. Our aim is to inspire children to be adventurous, curious and excited to learn! Early Years is the time to allow children the opportunity to be creative, investigate their environment and build foundations for continued future learning. This is all supported within our nursery setting and outside, on our regular outings into the local community.

We take pride in creating beautiful, purposeful, learning spaces for the children to enjoy. On the ground floor of the nursery, we have 2 preschool rooms featuring a stage utilised as an additional area for children to explore.

Upstairs we have an open plan room for 2-3 year olds. Each area within the room has been designed for the children to be inquisitive, develop their motor skills and all whilst using stunning resources in a neutral environment. Adjacent to this, there is the baby room, which caters for babies from the age of 3 months until they are walking.

Our Pokesdown nursery also hosts a Hi 5’s after school and holiday club for school children up to the age of 11.

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 want to make a difference to the children’s lives, by having fun and allowing them to be curious, we do this by having caring, nurturing, professional staff who encourage and support children in becoming confident, resilient learners.

Tops Pokesdown 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!

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.

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.

Our Pokesdown day nursery is one of the four Early Education and Care settings within the Tops Day Nurseries family to open in the Bournemouth area, including Tops Bournemouth at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital, Tops Charminster at Claremont Avenue and Tops Christchurch based at the old Priory Hall.

Our Nursery’s Unique Features

  1. Close to local amenities: The nursery is conveniently located close to local shops, schools, and the beach, with easy access to bus routes, providing parents with a convenient and accessible childcare option.
  2. Joining generations: The nursery offers a unique intergenerational program, bringing together children and elderly residents from nearby care homes to engage in meaningful activities and build connections between generations.
  3. Forest school: The nursery provides a Forest School program, allowing children to explore and learn in a natural environment, promoting a love of nature and the outdoors.
  4. Cooking school: The nursery offers a cooking school program, promoting healthy eating habits and allowing children to develop culinary skills and creativity.
  5. Potty training: The nursery provides potty training support, helping children to develop important self-care skills and promoting independence.
  6. Yoga: The nursery offers yoga classes, providing children with opportunities to develop physical fitness, flexibility, and relaxation techniques.
  7. Boogie Mites: The nursery provides Boogie Mites with music and movement classes, promoting creativity, coordination, and self-expression.
  8. Toothbrushing: The nursery promotes good dental hygiene by providing toothbrushing support for children, helping to instil healthy habits from a young age.
  9. Local school drop off and pick ups: The nursery offers convenient drop off and pick up services for local schools, making it easy for parents to coordinate their childcare and school schedules.
  10. Holiday clubs: The nursery provides holiday clubs, allowing parents to continue their childcare services during school holidays and providing children with fun and engaging activities to enjoy.

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WhatPokesdown Nurseryparents & carers say

“Tops Day Boscombe has gone above and beyond with the care for my daughter. I'm extremely impressed with the high level of organisation and attention to detail and to my daughter as an individual. ”


“My son has really bloomed at the Tops Boscombe Nursery. He is growing into a strong independent child. The nursery itself is a fun and bright environment and he is looks forward to going every day. We take a great pleasure in seeing photos and videos taken daily by the lovely teacher's which are put on eyLog. ”


“Tops is absolutely fantastic childcare! My daughter adores their after school club, she even begs to go at the weekend. The food is healthy and filling and they genuinely care about every child in their care.”


“My son has been attending Tops Day Nursery in Boscombe since he was around 22 months old and I have always been very happy with the care he has received. The nursery has really helped him with reaching his milestones. He will be sad to leave to attend 'big school' in September which just shows how much he loves attending the nursery. I would highly recommend Tops Boscombe!”


“They help settle her to sleep with cuddles, sing her favourite songs and ensure her favourite toys are out ready for her arrival.”

Jenny F

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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 friendlyPokesdown Nurseryteam:

Steph Ridealgh