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1 month ago

The Mulberry Bush

We are very proud to announce that the Mulberry Bush Day Nurseries children and parents raised a huge £922 for the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association. The Mulberry Bush have topped this up to a grand total of £1500!!!! Thank you so much to everyone who gave their time and money to support this valuable charity. ...

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2 months ago

The Mulberry Bush

Today the Raspberries and Elderberries at our Locks Heath setting decided to make the most of the beautiful sunshine and took a walk down to our local library.

In the Elderberries room we currently have some chick eggs waiting to hatch, this lead us to choose all about life cycles and chicks. Our children loved learning about chick eggs and how chicks are hatched and are looking forward to reading all of the books they chose to bring back to nursery.
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2 months ago

The Mulberry Bush

Important Funding Notice -

30 HOUR CONFIRMATION DEADLINE FOR SUMMER 2019 IS 31 MARCH 2019: All parents who are working and have a 3 and 4 year old who are seeking to have funded extended hours (30 hours funding) MUST make sure they have applied to HMRC no later than 31 March. All existing parents whose children already take up the extended offer MUST make sure their eligibility code is valid/reconfirmed no later than 31 March by accessing their Childcare Choices account.
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Elderberries

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Our Elderberries

Children take a conscious lead in their learning

Elderberries: 3 years to 5 years

Elderberries is a modern and spacious preschool with lots of natural light. It has recently benefited from a stunning 1st floor extension that has almost doubled the size of the room. The preschool also now has a new sensory room with projector, UV lighting and sparkly LED light wall, as well as a host of other sensory equipment. As each age group has the luxury of their own sensory room all content is specifically chosen for the benefit of those children. The additional space provided by the newly created first floor provides a unique facility in the area with nearly double the required space per child provided. This means that even on the busiest days the Elderberries is always calm and organised.

The room offers fabulous and varied environment across two floors. This has enabled us to create different and interesting spaces that change and grow with the needs and interests of our children.

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Elderberries, the Early Years Foundation Stage and Preparation for School:

At the Mulberry Bush we believe in following children’s interests to inspire their learning. Working with the EYFS 7 areas of learning we ensure that all of our children are given a rich and varied learning environment to spark their imaginations and highly qualified and passionate practitioners to help support and extend this learning in whichever way they need. For further information on the EYFS please see our Parent’s Guide to the EYFS.

At the end of their time in Elderberries the children will be moving on to school. We work extremely hard to ensure that each child is ready for this important next step. We are proud to say that our local schools have noted how well prepared for school Mulberry Bush children are and how successfully they make this transition. Please see our Transition to School section for further information.

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Elderberries Outdoors:

There is direct access to the garden from the ground floor of the Elderberries room via large French Windows. This provides the children with plenty of free flow access to the outdoor areas. Our indoor/outdoor classroom has been designed with two sets of French doors enabling this flexible space to be used to its full advantage, throughout the seasons.
At the Mulberry Bush we encourage our children to spend lots of time outside and provide wet weather clothing to help make this as easy as possible no matter what the weather.

Please see the Our Spaces section for more information on our garden facilities

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Elderberries and Meal Times:

The Elderberries have direct access to our kitchen, where they can see our cooks at work and regularly chat about what is being prepared that day. The children help to serve themselves at mealtimes and clear their own cutlery and plates. Meal times are a very sociable time with the children sitting in groups supported by an adult. Meal times are an excellent opportunity to expand children’s understanding of the natural world and the world around us. We talk to the children about what is in their food, how it is grown and where dishes originate from. Please see our Healthy Choices page for further information.

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