Mini Buddies – About Us

A very warm welcome to Mini Buddies Nursery

Hopefully this will give you a flavour of what our Nursery is all about and what we aim to achieve.


Mini Buddies is a small family run business situated within Manor Beach Primary School. It is owned by Jack Parkes, an Early Years Teacher with over thirteen years’ experience within the sector. Jack runs the Pre-school alongside Vicci Walsh, an early years teacher. Helen Tucureanu & Jayne Lythgoe complete their highly qualified and dedicated Team.

Mini Buddies provides a richly stimulating environment where children can thrive and learn. The setting’s intimate, vibrant atmosphere and outdoor learning ethos distinguishes them as a uniquely fantastic Early Years provider.

Our Values and Principles

  • To care and be considerate to others
  • To listen when others are talking
  • To speak politely using good English
  • Tell the truth at all times
  • To use good table manners and eat with etiquette
  • To try our best and achieve to the best of our ability
  • To embrace new challenges
  • To share and take turns

Our Mission Statement

“For all children to have a sense of belonging and to feel valued and cared for in a secure, happy and nurturing environment”

Our Ethos

At Mini Buddies we have enormous respect for children and for their capacity to instigate, test and maintain curiosity in the world around them. We believe in children’s right to play; the right to access the outdoors (and in particular our beautiful coastline); the right to access risk and the vibrant reality of the natural world; and the right to experience a healthy range of emotions, through all the challenges of social interaction, to build a resilience that will enable continued and creative engagement with their peers and aspire to reach their full learning potential.

Ofsted Setting Reference Number: EY400561

Parent Partnership

At Mini buddies we understand that parents are their child’s main educator and we aim to work alongside parents to ensure the needs of the child are best met. For this reason we offer:

  • Informal chats – Daily feedback can be obtained verbally through personalised meet and greeting times at the beginning and end of sessions.
  • Home Link Books – For parent’s that do not drop of or pick up children we use ‘home link books’ to keep parents and practitioner up to date with the children’s development.
  • Formal Parent Evenings – We also hold two parent evenings per year to seek the views of parents and discuss the development of their child.
  • Questionnaires – We also use parent’s questionnaires and a suggestion box.
  • WOW Sheets – We have ‘Wow’ sheets for parents to complete.
  • Community Breakfast Sessions – We hold a community breakfast sessions once every term where parents and children are invited to join us for breakfast to get to know us better and have informal chats with us and other parents
  • Parenting courses, school readiness meetings – We recognise being a parent as well as being the most amazing experience can also be a very challenging and exhausting job. To aid our parents we work closely with our local children centre to ensure we offer courses and advice for all parents.

We do consider our rapport with parents to be a significant strength of the setting as recognised in past inspections although we continually reflect on how this can be improved further.