Welcome to Topsie Gillingham, Dorset

Welcome to Topsie Gillingham, Dorset.

Our Topsie nursery is a fun and friendly preschool, providing early education and care for children from 2 years old until they are ready to start school. Management and administration is being led from the nearby Gillingham Tops in the short term but maintaining Topsie Rabbit Kindergarten’s unique position and community involvement.

We pride ourselves on being an inspirational nursery in which children’s imaginations can run wild. Here at Topsie Gillingham, we have introduced beautiful and stimulating areas throughout the whole nursery to maximise the developmental experiences for your child. We focus our set ups on loose parts provocations, this type of open ended play supports fascination and exploration.


90p per each 3 hour session for 3-4 year funded

£4.65 per hour for non funded children 

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Topsie Gillingham is the smallest nursery in the Tops Day Nurseries family, offering a cosy and personal environment.  We have plans to introduce more “real” curiosity approach type interesting and natural resources,  more loose parts provocations to play, more plants and gardening activities and to neutralise some of the bright colours to support childrens learning and development in line with current research and best practice.

Outside there is a compact enclosed garden which the children have access to in all weathers.  A bug hotel will soon be installed.  We are also lucky to be close to local shops and parks, and are a short walk to the school. Children may be able to join the Tops Forest School from Gillingham, and will also be implementing extra-curricular activities in line with the rest of the Tops Day Nurseries family, f0r example, Tops Cooking SchoolBoogie Mitesyogatooth brushingFootball Fun and much more!

We have a designated drop off area for parents to use around the back of the nursery, where the main entrance for children is also situated. Visitors may still access from the front of the building off the High Street.

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’.

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.

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Nursery Manager:

Jo Parry
Nursery Manager

Our motto:

Part of the Tops Day Nurseries family

Where to find us:

The Stone House,
High St,

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Opening times:

  • Monday – Friday 8.30am – 3pm, term time only * subject to demand.

Any questions?

Welcome to Tops Day Nurseries...

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 friendlyTopsie Gillinghamteam:

Jo Parry

Nursery Manager