Welcome to our wonderful Mini Diggers Foundation Unit

The magic of learning begins in Mini Diggers.

Our Foundation Unit follows the same core values as our school.  Our aim is to support our youngest children in becoming caring, compassionate individuals. We focus on building our children’s empathy towards these values by empowering them in all aspects of their learning and development. Opened in September 2017 building upon on the foundations of our wonderful school our Foundation Unit provides our local families with a home from home nursery environment.

Children attending our unit receive an exciting start to their education and are able to remain in our care until the end of their Reception Year.

We believe that providing a varied and challenging environment helps prepare children well for Year 1. Our curriculum is designed around the Governments Early Years Foundation Stage profile with a particular focus on the prime areas of:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Our 2 year old room is led by a consistent adult who the children get to know well. The space is carefully designed to meet the needs of the youngest children we have here at St. Issey

Our flexible structure allows for children to attend between 2 to 10 sessions per week, helping families structure their week in a way that works for the child and themselves. Younger children often start with fewer sessions and build them up as they grow older.

We are a non-profit nursery and therefore charge a fair rate for sessions that fall outside of Government funded hours. We offer the government funded sessions as below:

  • 2 Year old funding
  • 3 & 4 year old 15 hour funding
  • 3 & 4 year old 30 hours funding

These sessions can be flexibly booked and can be topped up by ‘paid for sessions’. Paid sessions are currently charged at:

  • £13 per 3 hour session (Morning/Afternoon).
  • £2 for the lunch period (extra £2:20 for a school dinner)

If you would like to learn more, please give us a call or drop in to arrange a tour or to pick up more information.