Tops Day Nursery - Wareham, Wareham, Dorset
Tops Day Nursery - Wareham, Wareham, Dorset
Tops Day Nursery - Wareham, Wareham, Dorset

Tops Day Nursery in Wareham is an Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' nursery (July 2015). It provides flexible care and education for children in a nurturing and happy environment, based around the hours that parents need, so that they only pay for the time required. The nursery is able to offer 15 hours free funding, available for all eligible two, three- and four-year-olds.

This nursery is part of a group that provides the most eco-sustainable childcare and education 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.

The nursery welcomes children from three months to preschool age, in a versatile indoor learning environment, arranged to enable learning through play and with the goals of the EYFS in mind, as well as excellent outdoor play, with climbing frames, sand pits and an all-weather surface.

The nursery has policies in place to cover all areas of health, safety and security, promotes good nutrition, and respects equality and diversity. Parents enjoy a transparent service that keeps them informed with developments and offers a flexible and emergency childcare.

Children at the nursery can take part in extra-curricular activities, including Tops Cooking School, Tops Forest School, meditation, yoga, Rugby Rangers, Boogie Mites, and tooth brushing.

Families are encouraged to talk to members of staff about their child and their progress at the nursery. Important information is shared daily with parents and is submitted onto EYLOG.

Children can eat a nutritional, healthy diet at the nursery, with a no-added sugar menu introduced in all Tops Day Nurseries.

Group: Tops Day Nurseries

Person in charge: Nicky Willets (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Dorset County Council

Number of Staff: 23

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care

Total Places for Children: 47

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0600-2000

When Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.9 Tops Day Nursery - Wareham has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.893)

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Tops Day Nursery - Wareham is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 21 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Tops Day Nursery - Wareham in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 18 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.893 for Tops Day Nursery - Wareham is calculated as follows: ( (225 Excellents x 5) + (27 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 252 Ratings = 4.893

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Tops Day Nursery - Wareham is based on 18 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 9.4 positive Reviews (47 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 18 Reviews ÷ 9.4 Target Reached = 1

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    21
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    21
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Tops Day Nursery - Wareham

  • Father of Child
    10
  • Mother of Child
    10
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

My son has been at the nursery for just coming up to two years and I can't praise the nursery enough for how well they have cared from him. The staff are always friendly, attentive and interested in my son. He has developed in every area since being a part of the nursery and has made really strong bonds with all the staff who look after him. His language, sharing and interaction with other children and adults has all come on so much. Being able to book flexible times at 15 minute intervals has made the work/nursery juggling act just so much easier! Excellent quality food; designed to be low salt and sugar. Great outside area/garden that they get to use all the time. Really happy and feel lucky to have my child in a nursery like this.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our youngest granddaughter (now 14) and our great-granddaughter (17 months) have gained huge benefits from attending TOPS Day Nursery at Wareham. Our granddaughter attended from age 1 to starting school and the great-granddaughter has been attending for the past year. The facilities are superb and the staff helpful and caring. The children have the opportunity to try out tastes and experiences which they may not get at home. There are lots of ‘new’ things since our great-granddaughter attended, such as teeth cleaning, potty-training and the regular updates on progress via eyLog. We can’t recommend highly enough the excellent start to their early years that TOPS provides for pre-school children.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I am extremely happy with the care and support that my son receives every time he attends nursery. He has a fantastic bond with all staff and a very special bond with his key person. He has progressed and developed so well since starting in the preschool unit, he can now count up to 60, write his name, more confident with learning his letters and sounds and is able to dress himself ready for school in September. overall so impressed with the care.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My children loved attending the nursery, all the staff are very welcoming and caring. They provided the children with many different opportunities and new experiences. The activities were always challenging, fun and prepared them for school. My children had the best start for early education. I would recommend this nursery to everyone!

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

All 3 of my children attended Tops and I cant praise them enough, the staff showed dedication to all my children and supported their individual needs, they girls were well prepared for school life and that's down to the staff at Tops.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter joined Tops Wareham in September 2016 and we have been so pleased with the care she has received. She loves going to 'school' and comes out beaming, telling us all about her day. The staff have been amazing and have really taken the time to get to know our little girl. This has been evident in her online learning journey, report and through chatting with staff. She is being moved forward in her learning each time she attends through personalised next steps and, as a Reception teacher myself, I know she is developing all the skill she needs for a bright future. I would fully recommend Tops to anyone and look forward to seeing our little girl flourish even further during her time there. Thank you so much!

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has thrived since being at Tops.
The activities she does are amazing.
The children are encouraged to do things for themselves whilst being in the lovely care of the team.
Lots of opportunities to play outside and learn through exploring whilst having so much fun.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Super happy with everything at Tops Day Nursery - Wareham. The staff are always smiling and happy. My daughter is so excited to come into the nursery and play. She has great bonds with the staff in her room. The staff are always thinking of activities out of the box and they will ensure my child is clean after a messy day. Couldn't recommend this nursery more!

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter started at the nursery back in June. I was very anxious, however, the staff and manager put my mind at ease. The nursery is just fantastic and the care for my little girl is second to none. My daughter enjoys 'cooking school' weekly, joins in with 'Yoga' and 'Boogie Mites' which she loves. The outdoor space is great and the use of the children's imagination is amazing.
My daughter loves playing in the water tray both inside and outside. The nursery has helped my daughter in her development and I would 100% recommend!

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter attends Tops Day Nursery - Wareham and is currently in the baby room. The staff are absolutely amazing and my daughter loves going to nursery. They provide lots of varied activities for the children and really help them achieve milestones.
My daughter has really come on leaps and bounds since starting nursery in May 2016. I would not hesitate to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham .

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My little boy goes to Tops Day Nursery - Wareham every Monday. He gets excited on arrival and he loves playing around with the toys and games. We have never had any issues with them. The staff are always approachable and a great team. They are always smiling and helpful. We wouldn't take him anywhere else. On the plus side, he gets tired out and lets us have a great night sleep!

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Lovely girls. As a first-time mum, it's very scary leaving your baby at a nursery. The girls looked after my little man of 9 months, gave him lots of cuddles and put up with my phoning to check on him because I flap way too much.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has really enjoyed going to Tops and he has learnt lots and had good fun. The management and staff have been very friendly and helpful always. My son's key worker and teachers are caring and kind professionals, and always welcome him in the morning and make sure that he is happy and settled. When I fetch him, I am always told about his meals and any other information needed. Regular updates are sent to the e-log and I value this too. My son is taught lots of interesting things at school, has good friends and enjoys going there. He plays outdoors and is learning very effectively. The management and all staff at Tops are very good as teachers and as caring people who know how to work very well with precious children. Thank you and well done. I appreciate the good work.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I am extremely happy with the care Tops Wareham provide my son. They have the perfect mix of being professional combined with being caring. My son has a fun structured day, great home cooked meals and lots of cuddles. I feel that all the staff know my son personally and his care is personalised to his needs. They are very flexible around bookings and have an easy booking and paying system. I have never had a concern with Tops Wareham and I feel confident every time I drop my son off that he is going to have a fun day and be well cared for.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I am extremely impressed with Tops Wareham. The environment is rich and engaging, the attitude and ethos is refreshing (and just what I want for my daughter) The staff are warm, caring and professional.
5 out of 5 stars from me.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has been going to Tops Nursery Wareham branch for more than 18 months and he loves going to nursery. The staff are very professional, friendly and helpful. They have helped him to settle very quickly into nursery.
The snacks, lunches and tea are delicious and my son always finishes off his plate. I will definitely recommend this nursery to anyone who needs a safe, happy, caring and great learning environment for their child.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Really happy with every aspect of this nursery. The staff are always extremely helpful and professional with whatever needs we have. Every member of staff I have come across is friendly and welcoming. My son really enjoys his time and continues to take big steps forward in his development thanks to the nursery. The food is excellent; interesting and healthy (he eats everything!). I also really like how well informed with updates of what he has been up to during the day with pictures and comments on the online eyLog system. The nursery has also been incredibly helpful with altering bookings and adding extra days at short notice which has made life so much easier. Really happy with every aspect of the service.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

An amazing nursery and every staff member are so helpful and polite always going that extra mile to help me out with hours as well. I would highly recommend them to any one. Both my children have and are going there so extremely happy.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our son has attended Tops for the last 2 years, graduating from explorers to investigators. The staff are fabulous, blending fun with learning and emotional development. He looks forward to the activities and spending time with his group of friends. We very much welcome the flexibility offered by Tops, which supports modern family life.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We moved my daughter to this nursery in 2014 mostly for logistical reasons, were happy with her previous nursery and so were slightly nervous. However we are so pleased we did move her. The staff are warm, friendly and excellent with her and us. Occasional family days out enable us working parents to get to know the wider group and our daughter has flourished in the smaller, calm environment. Initiatives like football and forest school are superb. We wholeheartedly recommend Tops in Wareham.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

This is an outstanding nursery.
My daughter is 15 months old and in the explorers unit. The staff are welcoming, friendly and always go out of their way to welcome us into the unit with a smile on the face.
The room is a calming environment but the activities are bright bold and fun!
My daughter comes home in clean clothes (messy clothes in her bag) but this always shows me she has had a good day!

I love eylog with the observations, photos, videos and daily reports all telling me about my daughter's day!

I would never hesitate to recommend this nursery school to a friend!

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nursery - Wareham? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Awards / Recognitions

March 2017

Top 10 Large Nursery Groups 2017

Recipient: Tops Day Nurseries

Date: Wednesday 01 Mar 2017

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November 2014

Investors In People Award 2014

Recipient: Tops Day Nurseries

Date: Thursday 20 Nov 2014

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Staff Profiles

Nicky

Nicky Willetts

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 1996

Description:

I joined Tops in 1996 at Parkstone Tops Day Nursery and transferred to Tops Wareham in January 2000 and opened the nursery as Nursery Manager. I worked as the Manager until April 2004 and left to have my first child. I returned to work part time as Quality Manager, working towards the quality counts accreditation scheme with RBH and Wimborne nursery sites.

Overseeing Tops Wareham from the very beginning gives me a great sense of pride in how far we have come. We have maintained an outstanding Ofsted grade for 9 years, participated in lots of events and have looked after hundreds of children in the local community.