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.
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.
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
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.