Tops - Gillingham

Bright, spacious and friendly nursery offering excellent care and education for young children. We have a secure and private garden and also make use of an adjacent network of paths and local playgrounds. Daily healthy no sugar 'home cooked' food made freshly in our kitchen.


Venue address
Middlefield House Marlott Road
North Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 07:30-18:00
Tue: 07:30-18:00
Wed: 07:30-18:00
Thu: 07:30-18:00
Fri: 07:30-18:00

Service Details

Vacancy information

Please call for vacancy details.

Cost variations
0 to10 hours per week- £7.20, 10.25 to 30 hours per week- £6.64, 30.25 to 36 hours per week- £3.96, 36+ hours per week- £2.80
Additional Information

Registered day care - Flexible care (quarter of an hour sessions whole, half-day, pre-school and after school care) for babies from 3 months old to children of 11 years. The nursery is managed by Melanie Lockyer who has a wealth of experience in early years, and she leads a team of dedicated, creative and motivated staff. Our staff are all NVQ 3 qualified, or above or are trained through our own Aspire Apprenticeship Programme. Parents can use their Early Education entitlement at any time during opening hours.

Age Range
0 years 3 months to 11 years 0 months

Ofsted Registered Details

Ofsted inspection result
Date of last inspectionInspection resultOfsted report
20/03/2018 Good View here
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Registration details
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Early Education

Free early education places
15 Hours For 2 year olds
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15 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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30 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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Wheelchair accessible
Lift, smooth surfaces - no step entrance, wide corridors.
Parking availability information
On site parking, drop off facilities, and a disability bay.
Toilet facility information
Ground floor toilet, wheelchair accessible toilet.
Other Facilities
Experienced staff - please contact nursery for details.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities

Tops day Nursery Gillingham aims to provide nursery education, after school and holiday club. Some children will join the nursery with an unrecognised and undiagnosed special educational need, we will work together with parents to ensure these needs are identified and that each child is provided with support by the appropriate specialist agencies. We are often the first people to have close contact with a child besides the family, and we will listen and support parents through their child’s special educational learning. We welcome children with special educational needs and disabilities. Your child will be supported and encouraged by the nursery and where necessary outside agencies such as speech therapists, portage or occupational health. Each child has a key person who will work closely with your child however in the absence of their key worker a spare key system is in place. We use Eylog to provide you with a comprehensive view of your child’s development. Discussions with you and your child will take place with your child's key person and the settings Special educational needs coordinators who are Daniella Wright and Anna Cain. Both receive on going in-depth training in many aspects of supporting a child with SEND. We endeavour to work closely with local schools in order to provide a smooth transition when their journey with us comes to an end. We welcome visits to look around the Nursery where we can introduce you to the staff and answer any questions you may have.

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Address: Middlefield House  Marlott Road  Gillingham  Dorset

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