Cheryl Hadland


Hadland Care Group Limited

Southbourne, England - South West


Cheryl Hadland, entrepreneur, Mum/Nana and scuba diver, started Tops Day Nurseries from scratch in 1990 after finding a lack of suitable childcare in her area, and has since grown her business to include 30+ day nurseries across the South coast, a training company and a property company, but has also run other businesses along the way including the management of 2 care homes, a scuba dive school, retail shop and secretarial services business.

Tops Day Nurseries is in its 30th year and is Dorset’s most successful nursery business, with a strong ethos in being socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. In 2017, Cheryl caught the attention of the national news by banning glitter from all Tops settings, tackling the issue of micro plastics polluting our oceans and entering our food chain. Since then Tops Day Nurseries have become textbook examples of sustainability in practice, issuing a ban on One-Use Plastic products and switching to sustainable alternatives.

Cheryl founded the Green EarlyYears Choices Champion Organisation (GECCO), a not-for-profit charity in 2017, and through GECCO Cheryl and her team aim to share the knowledge, experience and lessons learned as they strive to provide the most sustainable Early Years childcare and education in the UK, and hope to encourage other industry professionals to make the change to become more sustainable as well.

“We hope that our future generation will be more conscientious about their impact on the environment. We welcome support from parents and families, we believe this is a cultural change which will benefit not only us, but our children even more” – Cheryl Hadland, Managing Director

Cheryl also chairs the Ofsted Big Conversation SouthWest forums, heads up campaigns to Parliament for sustainable practice implementation and is a member of the Early Years Sustainable Education (EYSE) steering group.

NVQ3 in Early Years Care and Education
Certificate of Education Degree, Southampton University
Certificate of Educations Masters Degree, Southampton University

Managing Director – Tops Day Nurseries
Managing Director – Aspire Training Team
Chair of Trustees – GECCO

Business Information

Tops & Aspire is a family of companies operating throughout Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Devon and Somerset; offering care at every stage with the provision of nursery care for children, vocational training and apprenticeships for learners.
Tops Day Nurseries was founded by Cheryl Hadland in 1990, following an unsuccessful attempt to find high quality and flexible day care provision for her children.

Now there are over 30 Tops Day Nurseries & play clubs and it is Dorset’s most successful nursery business.
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In 1998, Cheryl developed the second strand to the business and launched the training company, the Aspire Training Team.
Aspire Training Team offers a range of courses and apprenticeships in childcare, leadership and management, customer service and business administration.
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“I completed my NVQ L3 Business & Administration with Aspire and the support and guidance I received was amazing. I have previously completed other NVQ’s with different training providers and they do not compare to the training provided by Aspire”

Terri Smithers – Office Manager

“Over the last few months I have noticed a massive difference in my child’s de3velopment and this is down to the nursery. I love all the extracurricular activities that my child gets to take part in, such as cooking school, forest school and yoga”

Sarah. Child attends Tops Parkstone.

“The nursery is bright and welcoming and lots of children’s’ art work and photos are on display, which shows the lovely activities the staff do with the children.”

Stacey. Child attends First Steps @ Roko.


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