Funding For You


Understanding the cost of Early Education and Care, and what type of funding you are eligible for shouldn’t be confusing. That’s why we’ve put together this page to help.

Below are links to some information specifically on funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Our flexible booking and hourly rates that get cheaper the more hours you attend means that the price you pay is tailored completely to you. Please contact your nursery via their pages here for more information. Our nurseries have many outstanding and unique qualities that are best seen for yourself, we recommend booking a visit to come and have a look and we can discuss funding and pricing options in person.


Get 20% off with Tax Free Childcare

You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year).

If you get Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll set up an online childcare account for your child. For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay in £2 to use to pay your provider.

You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you’re eligible for both. Click here for more info.

Get Up To 70% Of Your Early Education and Care Costs Covered With Working Tax Credit

You can claim the childcare element of Working Tax Credit if you are a single parent and you are in work for at least 16 hours a week. This also applies if you are part of a couple and you are both in work for at least 16 hours.

You Can Claim Back Up To 85% Of The Cost Of Early Education and Care With Universal Credit

You can get the childcare element of universal credit if you are a single parent and you are in work or you are in a couple and you both work or one of you works and the other is unable to work because they are ill, a carer or absent from the household.

Changes From April 2024:

We have created a blog to help you understand what the upcoming changes to childcare support in the UK are, particularly the expansion of the 15 and 30 hours childcare offer. Click here to read! 

Why choose Tops Day Nurseries?

 Here are some interesting facts about Tops Day Nurseries. We are not just a day nursery, we strive to provide the best service possible for parents and children. 

  • All staff counted within ratio hold a paediatric first aid certificate
  • All staff have an up to date DBS check
  • Tops provide a tooth brushing service for children
  • All staff will obtain a food hygiene certificate within the 1st three months of starting
  • We are a green company.
  • Extra-curricular activities including Rugby Rangers, Gardening Club, Football Fun, cooking school and Tops Forest School are available for a small charge
  • We have neutral walls within all Tops Day Nursery settings to allow children to focus on tasks and become less distracted.
  • We provided nutritious, no-added sugar recipes throughout our settings, and recently launched a new GAME menu.

Additional extras included in our fees…

Providing happy, nurturing Early Education and Care for the hours you need, across over 30 nursery settings in, Babbacombe, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Bretonside, Charminster, Christchurch, Copnor, Corfe Mullen, Devonport, Efford, Fawley, Gillingham, Havant, Lakeside, Lymington, Mini Mariners, Musgrove, Newport, Parkstone, Poole, Portsmouth, Prince Rock, Salisbury, Southsea, Stonehouse, Wareham, Wimborne, Winchester, Little Lancing and Yeovil.

Get in touch and arrange a visit your local Tops today!

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