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Minibugs - St Austell
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Minibugs St Austell is full of natural play resources to help your child’s imagination thrive, giving them endless learning opportunities in a calming and neutral setting.

All our furniture and equipment is at low level to encourage independence; with every piece being carefully selected to ensure it supports your child’s development at every stage.

Minibugs St Austell has a stimulating outdoor play area, which promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages children to explore and learn about the natural environment – developing crucial skills, such as physical and spatial awareness, as well as keeping fit and having fun!

We are open from 7.30am to 6.00pm 52 weeks of the year.

Who to contact

Contact name
Rebecca Spry
Contact position
01726 218778

Where to go

Minibugs Nurseries St Austell
Moorland Road
St. Austell
PL25 5BS

Minibugs St Austell offers quality childcare for children 0-5 years old.

Funded sessions for qualifying two year olds and all three years olds are available.

There is an on-site chef to freshly prepare home style cooked lunches, puddings and snacks during the day. We are currently working with Nippers Nutrition to gain accreditation as we have at our Liskeard nursery.

All staff are qualified to level three and above.

We are situated near a busy part of town and have designated off road parking and drop off spaces, our building is very safe with limited access to the public. 

We are working on building relationships with other local nurseries as well as schools to ensure smooth transitions for all our children.

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£42 Per Day
£24 Per morning
£20 Per afternoon
Prices include all meals. Discounts for multiple children as well as full time spaces.

Inclusion within our setting

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Nut allergy
Dairy free

Cultural provisions

Has provision

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 7.30 18.00
Tuesday 7.30 18.00
Wednesday 7.30 18.00
Thursday 7.30 18.00
Friday 7.30 18.00

School pickups

Offers pickups

Inclusion details

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SENCo name
Rebecca Spry

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support

We use a key person system within our nurseries, we also allocate a secondary key person to ensure consistency for each child. We use observations and assessments to track each child’s development at regular intervals.

This enables us to detect when a child needs additional support in any area of development. This will then be discussed with the parent/carers well as the setting SENCO, through collaboration with the family and the baseline information gathered within the nursery, a decision can then be made as to whether the necessary support can be provided from within the setting or whether to refer to an outside agency to gain additional support for the child.

How we identify and support children's learning and development needs

All planning is based on children’s interests through observations that are taken which link to the Early Years Foundation Stage development phases. We continually monitor whether the children are meeting their developmental milestones. Where areas of further development are identified an individual plan is tailored for each child to aid them in moving towards their next steps through unique learning opportunities. This is implemented and monitored by the child’s Key Person and monitored by the nursery management team.

Links we have to other agencies

Currently we have links with Health Visitors, Family Support Workers, Speech and Language, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Dieticians, Educational Psychologists, Early Years Inclusion Workers, Senior SENCO’s, Teacher of the hearing impaired, Diabetic Nurse and Social Workers.

We also have regular meeting’s with Early Year’s Consultant’s to work together to find ways to support all children within the setting no matter what their needs may be.


How we support children transferring to school

We ensure that links are made with any Schools that our children are going to be transitioning to, early in the academic year to establish each School’s individual expectations prior to the children transitioning. This is then incorporated into our School Readiness programme, led by our School Readiness Ambassador.

The aim of the programme is to provide the children with independent skills and the confidence to flourish in their new environment through a range of activities within the setting and activities that can be supported by the families at home.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

All current members of the team hold Early Year’s qualifications at a minimum of level 3, progressing upwards to level 6. They also receive Paediatric First Aid trained within 3 months of commencing employment.

Throughout employment staff members undergo various internal and external training courses to further develop their individual skill sets as well as meeting the needs of the children within the setting in subjects such as Safeguarding, SEN and in courses to support specific areas of learning.

Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being

We believe that children’s physical and emotional wellbeing is paramount to their learning and development.

We follow the ‘Health Under 5’s’ programme from Cornwall Council as well as incorporating physical activity into our daily routines, such as yoga and regular outdoor opportunities to learn and play.

We provide healthy, balanced snacks and meals which are made fresh on site each day from a menu approved by the Local Authority. We also have a tooth brushing club to teach the children about the importance of oral hygiene.

Our Health and Wellbeing Ambassador promotes these initiatives throughout the setting.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

We operate an open-door policy so that our parents/carer’s can to a member of the team at any time if they have any questions.

Verbal feedback is given to parents/carers on their child’s day at the end of each session as well as electronic updates throughout the session on their child’s meals, toileting, sleeping and activities. This also gives the parents/carers an opportunity to respond throughout the day if they would like to.

We encourage our team to provide idea’s at home both verbally and through our monthly parent newsletter to ensure that the children’s learning objectives can be achieved both inside and outside of the setting and our families are keep up to date with nursery life.

Parents evenings are conducted on a termly basis, or as and when it is deemed appropriate if a sooner discussion with the parent is required. During the parents evening, the child’s learning and development is reviewed and the child’s next steps are discussed.

Our complaints policy

Minibugs Nurseries are committed to providing a safe, stimulating and accessible service to its families. The nursery aims to provide a high-quality service but accepts that sometimes things do not always go to plan. In such circumstances, Minibugs want to know so that we can work in partnership with the families to resolve any concerns they might have, therefore regular parent feedback is encouraged.

Parent’s/carer’s are encouraged to raised concerns/complaints with the nursery management team in the first instance and in the event, it is not possible to resolve the matter with the management team, complaints are escalated in writing where possible, to our Regional Operation’s Manager/National Operation Lead or onward to the Managing Director for resolution within 28 working days. A written record of the complaint and its outcome will be kept on file.

Our complaints procedure is available to our parents on the parent board within the setting.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

Our nursery is a purpose designed and built space which is located on the ground floor with ease of access to all families. The nursery has allocated disabled parking and drop off spaces.

Facilities we have for personal care

Our 2-5 room has low level hand basin’s, toilets and freestanding potties to allow for the child’s independence but can be supported by members of the team when required. We have a separate area for nappy changing within each room which provides visibility through vision panels whilst providing discretion for the child.

Specialist resources we have

Disabled access and toilet facilities.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

Inclusion is meant in the widest sense. It incorporates child and young people as well as the rights of parents/carers, students and all staff members. It includes individuals with special educational needs and/or a disability, as well as those of minority ethnic/cultural groups.

It includes those with English as an additional language and children in public care (looked after children). Those with specific medical needs; suffering from low self-esteem; or experiencing mental health difficulties.

It also includes the rights of the child and equal opportunities, as well as any other groups at risk or exclusion or social exclusion.

Minibugs Nurseries believes that –

  • All children have the right of full Early Years |Education through the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum

  • All children have a right to learning in a caring and considerate environment where the staff and the children are all valued for their contribution to nursery life

  • Minibugs is committed to the early identification of children with additional/special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and to adopt a clear and open procedure which is outlined within nursery policies

  • Minibugs is committed to working closely with parents/carers and fully involve them in decisions about their child’s education

  • Minibugs will provide, within available resources, the highest possible quality and support and inclusive education for children with SEND

Last updated: 13/03/2019

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