Awards and Recognition

Five Star award from 


We are really proud and grateful to have been awarded a five star certificate of excellence by as voted by local families.

Hilltop Tots Day Nursery in Talke Stoke-on-trent has been awarded 5* certificate of excellence by as voted by local families

The highest rated nursery in Stoke-on-Trent on


We are so proud and grateful to have been ranked the joint highest rated nursery in Stoke-on-Trent on by local families in 2020, with a 10 out of 10 rating.


The first nursery in Stoke-on-Trent to achieve Time for change employer status 


Hilltp Tots Day Nursery in Talke Stoke-on-Trent is a time to change employerWe are really proud to be the first nursery in Stoke-on-Trent to achieve time for change employer status. Time for change employer pledge is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.

We are committed to supporting our team in every way we can to enjoy their roles, to have a great work life balance and to ensure their and each other’s wellbeing. However we also recognise that this is not always possible and there are lot of factors that can affect a person’s health and wellbeing.  Where this is the case, we want to provide the best possible support for our team to help them improve their wellbeing.

This is why we are committed to this pledge as we really care about all of our team and want each team member to feel supported and that they can look to us for support when they need it and in turn provide the same level of care and support to each other.

More information can be found at Time for change


The first nursery in Stoke-on-Trent to achieve Plastic Free Nursery Status 


Hilltop Tots Day Nursery in Talke Stoke-on-Trent has achieved plastic free nursery statusWe are really proud to be the first Nursery in Stoke-on-Trent to achieve the plastic free nursery status.

Plastic Free Nurseries is part of the Plastic Free Schools programme from Surfers Against Sewage. The programme has been developed to tackle unnecessary single use plastics in communities, schools and
nurseries across the UK.

To achieve this we completed five objectives with our children. These objectives work alongside the EYFS framework helping children’s personal, social and emotional development, understanding of the world around them and expressing themselves through art and design with a
positive environmental message at its core.

As a results of the programme we have made lots of changes in our use of single use plastics, such as replacing single use cups with reusable cups, and replacing single use aprons with washable aprons.


Local press recognition 


We are really proud to have been recognised in the local news for our efforts to support children returning to childcare and education settings after the lock down resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have all had to get used to a different way of living and not least our children. This is why we are working with our children to help them understand these changes and how we can all keep each other safe such as having tissue available for coughs and sneezes and disposing after use, using fun alternatives to physical interaction with peers such as elbow and foot bumping.Where have my hugs gone, hilltop Tots Day Nursery Coronavirus story

One of the ways in which we have prepared our children for these changes is with a story we made for all of our children and families. We made the story available as a book, colouring pages and an audio video so that all of our families could access this. We have been astounded to find that this has not only helped our families but has also been used by families and nurseries all around the world with requests from a ministry of defense nursery in Cyprus and the department for education in Australia. So far the video has been viewed over 19.000 times and has also featured in our local news The Sentinel at Stoke-on-Trent live. We are so happy that so many people have enjoyed this story and found it helpful.

Below are the slides and the video can be found here

Where have my hugs gone pdf


Sun Safe Nursery Status



Our team have been working really hard to achieve sun safe nursery status and to ensure our nursery ensures the highest of safety standards for everyone at the nursery whilst out in the sun. We continue to work with out children to educate them on sun safety and work in partnership with our parents to ensure continued high levels of sun safety.




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