Understanding the cost of day 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.

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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 CRB/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 collect Sainsbury’s Fit Kid vouchers and Nestle Box Top for book tokens
  • Our babysitting service provides qualified insured staff that hold, or are working towards, an NVQ level 2 or 3 in childcare. All babysitters are over the age of 18 years and 10 months, are first aid trained and will have completed a check with the ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ (DBS)
  • We have neutral walls within all Tops Day Nursery settings to allow children to focus on tasks and become less distracted.
  • Following our recent parent’s questionnaire in which there was a request for us to provide a hairdressing service for the children during the nursery day, we have decided to trial this service at Tops Wareham and Tops Musgrove. We have arranged for a qualified hairdresser to visit the nursery before introducing the service to all 17 settings.
  • Tops Day Nurseries was established 1990

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Childcare funding for 2 year olds

If you have a 2 year old, there may be funding available to help with childcare costs; our Q&A below will provide you with details.

For any further details, pop into your local Tops or find out more by reading our blog post.

Who can apply?

A parent or carer can apply if they receive at least one of the following:

  • Income support;
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Child Tax Credits and and income of less than £16,190;
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The guarantee element of the State Pension Credit;
  • Children looked after by the local authority may also be eligible.

For those who live in Bournemouth, the criteria is even broader. If you live in Bournemouth and are eligible for any of the following, you may be eligible for up to 15 hours of funding:

  • Free school meals;
  • Working Tax Credits and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year;
  • Current statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care plan;
  • Disability Living Allowance;
  • Looked after by the LA;
  • Have left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order.

Childcare funding for 3 and 4 year olds

If you have a 3 or 4 year old, there is funding available to help with childcare costs; our Q&A below will provide you with details.

For any further details, pop into your local Tops or find out more by reading our blog post.

When can my child start claiming the 3 and 4 year funding?

All 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to up to 15 funded hours per week, following the term after their third birthday.

Eligible children can also claim up to 30 funded hours. Find out if you are eligible by clicking here to view the criteria provided by the Department of Education.

What makes Tops different?


With opening hours from 6am-8pm including bank holidays, means we are here when you need us. Offering childcare with 15-minute intervals, so you only pay for the childcare you need. (Available at the vast majority of our nurseries but not all.)

The Environments

Particular pride is provided for both outdoor and indoor environments. Each Tops Day Nursery has a rich and vibrant environment, 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. With the eyLog app for web and mobile, you can follow your child’s learning journey.

How Tops makes a difference