About our nursery

Minibugs – A happy and caring place for mini people to grow and thrive.

Recently rated in the top 15 nurseries based on parents reviews via day nurseries (source: Cornwall Live March 2017), Minibugs Nurseries (Liskeard) is based in the grounds of Liskeard Hillfort Primary School.

Click Here to view our latest Ofsted Report, where we received a GOOD rating in all areas.

Following significant investment and a full refurbishment in 2016, our nursery provides modern facilities and a stimulating and nurturing Early Years environment for children between the ages of three months and five years.

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Putting your mini person first – Our children are at the heart of our nursery, and activities are created based on their interests, thoughts and ideas.

Places to Learn, Play and Grow – Our rooms are full of natural play resources to help your child’s imagination thrive, giving them endless learning opportunities in a calming and happy setting

Children can enjoy outdoor learning and play every day in our fantastic outdoor play and activity areas. We encourage free-flow play and our children to enjoy being creative and adventurous both indoors and outdoors.

Co-located on the site of Liskeard Hillfort Primary School we work with our primary neighbours to support an easy and happy transition when it’s time for your child to start school.

Involving you every step of the way…

Parent partnerships are so important to us. Our nursery team will keep you updated on daily activities and observations and work with parents to monitor and evidence your child’s individual learning journey.

Our friendly staff

We only employ staff who understand our childcare philosophy, believe in it themselves and love working with children and supporting them in developing their individual personalities and interests.

Every child has a key person who will be responsible for their care routines, plan activities to extend each child’s skills and knowledge focused on their interest and will be a parent / carers main point of contact at our nursery.

Our super Minibugs nursery team are all advanced paediatric first aid trained and receive regular safeguarding and early years’ child development training.

Meet the team

Our nursery staff at Minibugs Liskeard comprises a blend of mature, experienced and professionally qualified nursery practitioners and apprentices working towards their qualifications. All staff are skilled in expertly guiding your child through the wonders of learning whilst playing.

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We provide ongoing training for our staff to constantly update their own skills and abilities. Our staff are passionate and committed to creating an atmosphere of care and respect which radiates throughout this happy nursery and is led by our dedicated and enthusiastic management team.

Sam McCarthy 2Meet Samantha – Nursery Manager

‘I have been studying childcare for many years and have always been passionate about their learning and development. Since having my son in 2015 I have become even more dedicated to providing the best environment possible for children to flourish. I have been with Minibugs since the start and am fully invested in our ethos, and the opportunities that we strive to provide for our children. I couldn’t be more excited about extending the Minibugs family and look forward to meeting all our new children and families.’

AmyMeet Amy - Deputy Manager

I have worked with children for over 10 years in various roles from holiday clubs, preschools, nursery settings and child minding. I enjoy seeing children learn and develop new skills. No two days are the same and it is always exciting as they offer something new every day. I am looking forward to working with team and getting to know the children and their families; offering help, support and watching them grow.

KateHooperMeet Kate - Nursery Practitioner

I’m a Level three Nursery Nurse and have worked with children for 24 years. I enjoy watching the children in my care develop through play. I have two grown up children of my own, who I am very proud of. (still awaiting a grandchild or two !!)

YasminHuntMeet Yasmin - Room Leader

I have a level 3 qualification in childcare. I have 4 years’ experience working with children of all ages. I enjoy working with the children; helping them to develop and grow. In my spare time I enjoy socialising and spending time with my family.

DominicMeet Dominic - Nursery Practitioner

I am an NVQ Level 3 qualified Practitioner in Early Years and Childhood Education. I am really looking forward to joining the Minibugs team and getting to know everyone. I am big fan of outdoor play, I think it’s extremely important as we learn more about children as they are playing. My hobbies and interests include; reading, swimming and gaming.

AnnaMeet Anna - Nursery Practitioner

I am level 6 qualified in Education Studies and I am passionate about working with children; I love to see them have fun and thrive. I love planning exploration activities and seeing the children's fascination. I enjoy reading and walking in my spare time.

IrisMeet Iris - Nursery Practitioner

I hold a City & Guilds Level 3 qualification and have been working in child care in various positions for 17 years. I relocated to Cornwall from Northampton. I enjoy outdoor activities, camping, fishing and travelling.

SuMeet Su - Nursery Practitioner

I hold a foundation degree in Early Years and have over 12 years’ experience in a variety of settings. I am passionate about working with children and providing them with the best possible start in life. In my spare time i enjoy reading and walking.

CharlyMeet Charly - Nursery Practitioner

I am currently working towards my Foundation Degree in Early Years. I have worked with children from birth to age 11 for 4 years. I am really looking forward to gaining new experience and joining the Minibugs team.

JadeMeet Jade - Room Leader

I am a Level 3 qualified Nursery Practitioner. I have previously worked as a Senior Nursery Nurse for 4 years. I enjoy working with children and watching them learn and grow. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the gym and reading a good book.

LucyPhillipsMeet Lucy - Nursery Practitioner

I have recently achieved my level 3 NVQ in Early Years. I enjoy working with children and helping them to grow and learn through play, both indoors and outdoors. I am looking forward to becoming part of the Minibugs family. I like reading, dancing and cooking in my spare time.

SachaFramptonMeet Sacha - Nursery Practitioner

I am currently doing a level 3 apprenticeship in Childcare. I have experience working with children, running art workshops as well as within a nursery setting. I am so excited to become a qualified Practitioner and can’t wait to help the little ones learn through play. In my spare time I love drawing, baking, gardening and playing with two cats.

HarryMeet Harry - Cook

I love to cook, and I am passionate about healthy eating. I enjoy spending time with my family and enjoy long walks taking pictures on the moors.

DayneMeet Dayne - Nursery Practitioner

I hold a level 3 qualification in Children and Young Peoples Workforce as well as a level 3 in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning. I have been working in the Early Years Sector for over 10 years.
I adore being a key worker, watching children grow and develop is the most rewarding thing you can ever be a part of. My hobbies include listening to music, watching movies and socialising with family and friends. My objective at Minibugs is to teach each child that they are unique and special and hopefully send them off to primary school life as confident and happy young people!

RebeccaMeet Rebecca - Nursery Practitioner

I have a BA Hons degree in Early Childhood studies. I am a huge fan of outdoor play and love getting involved in outdoor activities with the children. I have spent the last 3 years working in different childcare settings in England, Prague and Gambia, I am now excited to be starting a role with the Minibugs team! I enjoy baking and keeping active in my spare time.

GeorgiaMeet Georgia - Nursery Practitioner

I am a level 3 qualified nursery practitioner. I have just over 2 years’ experience working with various age groups from babies to primary school children. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching movies. I am very excited to join the Minibugs team!


We promote a healthy eating and living culture at Minibugs so we make sure that every meal is nutritionally balanced. Special diets are also catered for.

Children learn to be independent at mealtimes and help set up and clear away the table.

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Our meals and snacks are freshly prepared and cooked every day by our onsite cook.

They will cover a four-week period giving your child the opportunity to try different foods and develop their taste buds.

Cultural and dietary requirements are considered for all meals and snack times. We also encourage children to experience foods from different cultures.


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  • Children learn how to be independent at mealtimes.
  • Children are encouraged to tidy away and wash up afterwards


Opening times: 

Monday – Friday: 7:30 – 18:00


Minibugs Nurseries
Hillfort Primary School
Old Road
PL14 6HZ

Telephone: 01579 343072

Email: [email protected]

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