2 days ago

The Mulberry Bush

At Locks Heath this week the Elderberries have been developing their team work skills. These activities have been planned to encourage the children too communicate together while both working towards the same goal. We have been completing obstacle courses while transporting water, being careful not to spill any, placed balloons between our's and a friend's head, trying not too drop the balloon, and finally a team game where we transport a ball on some guttering, being careful not to drop the ball out of the guttering. All of the preschoolers loved these activities activities and not only developed their communication towards each other, but also improved their spacial awareness, caring and consideration towards others and developed our friendships together. ...

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7 days ago

The Mulberry Bush

At Bitterne Park, our Strawberry and Blueberry children have been exploring lots of sensory activities. The children have been interested in farm animals and the noises they make. The farm animals have been helping the children to make lots of foots prints in their sensory activities! ...

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1 week ago

The Mulberry Bush

Locks Heath
Raspberries have recently been making developments to their upstairs environment and their sensory room.
The children have loved using the sequin frames to make marks and explore the different textures on the wall.
They have also been showing lots of interest in dressing up and occupations which enabled us to change our role play area to include a Police and Fire station as well as a doctors surgery.
This links in with our British Values and has opened up lots of conversations about people who help us and what their role are within our communities.

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The Mulberry Bush Nurseries

The Mulberry Bush Nurseries are headed by husband and wife team Oliver and Rachael Thomson. There are soon to be two Mulberry Bush nurseries, the first was opened in 2013 and is located in Locks Heath, near Southampton and Portsmouth and the second is in development and will be opening in early 2018 in Bitterne Park, Southampton.


Oliver and Rachael have three children; a little boy aged 9yrs and a little girl aged 5yrs (she was the first Mulberry Bush baby!) and another little boy aged 2yrs.

Rachael explains the story behind the Mulberry Bush.

“When we started looking for nursery care for our eldest son we found that nurseries fell broadly into two brackets: those that were individually owned and, while frequently providing a caring approach, offered little in the way of professional support or investment in facilities. Or, highly corporate institutions that were lacking in the intimacy and warmth that is essential for our children, especially in these very vulnerable first few years of their lives.

We then searched out the very best management team, with a passion and commitment that is second to none, to help us to achieve this vision and the Mulberry bush was born.

This planted a seed and over the following few years we developed our vision: A nursery with a homely, caring and nurturing environment that will allow our children to grow and learn in safety and security, complemented by the highest quality and most current, facilities available.

As a working mother I understand well how complicated and difficult it is to balance your childcare with your working life. Only you can decide what works best for you, your children and your family. At the Mulberry Bush we will always work with you to find the very best solution possible no matter what your situation.

As a parent I understand that choosing a nursery for your child is hugely important and can be very daunting. We will help support you in this choice in any way we can.