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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Fees & Hours


The Mulberry Bush Fees & Hours

The Mulberry Bush is open from 07.30 to 18.00 51 weeks of the year. We are closed on bank holidays and for a week at Christmas. We do not charge for sessions when the nursery is closed.


Our Fees

The following fixed fees apply to Blueberries (3 months - 2 years) and Raspberries (2 - 3 years) - for eligible individuals we also accept 2 year old funding. Please click here for further information.

AM07:30 - 13:00£35.70Breakfast, mid morning snack and full, home cooked, lunch
PM13.00 - 18.00£34.70Full, two course, afternoon tea.
All Day07.30 - 18.00£55.65As AM and PM sessions
School Day09.00 - 15.00£46.20Mid morning snack and full, home cooked, lunch
Full week07.30 - 18.00£252Includes all snacks and meals



Until the beginning of the term following your child’s third birthday fees remain the same as Blueberries and Raspberries. Following the beginning of the term after your child’s third birthday your child will be entitled to claim up to 30 hours ‘free time’ for 38 weeks in the year. At the Mulberry Bush we ‘stretch’ this over 51 weeks of the year so you receive the benefit of up to 22 hours per week. We offer two contract types: a basic funded offer and a guaranteed session funded offer. Please ask the management team for further information.
Any additional hours in excess of funded hours will be charged at the hourly rate for that session. The hourly rates for those sessions are listed below. We will organise all funding on your behalf and work out fees across the year so that you pay the same amount each month. Please note we are not registered as a creche and so any additional hours need to add up to one of our available sessions. We do however have multiple options in relation to sessions, with differing start times, so if you have any further questions do not hesitate to pop in and have a chat with us. In addition the government scheme does not fund food costs so we need to add a small additional food charge. Food and guarantee charges (if applicable) are also listed below.



These charges apply to Preschool once funding is in place:

SessionGuarantee ChargesHourly ChargesFood Charges Food Provided
AM£0.35£6.40£7.30Breakfast, Morning Snack, 2 course Lunch
PM£0.25£6.40£6.702 course Afternoon Tea
School Day£1£7.15£7.30Morning Snack, 2 course Lunch
Full Day£0.35£5.15£7.95As AM and PM sessions
Full Time £0.35£4.60£32Includes all snacks and meals


Funding for 2 Year Old Early Years Education:

Helping you to support your child’s development.

This is a scheme that allows eligible children to receive free early years care and education from the term after their second birthday. This is part of a national offer from the Department for Education (DfE) and has been developed to improve outcomes for identified two year olds who would benefit from accessing high quality early years and childcare provision. It will also help to tackle challenging circumstances, through family support.

Please see the Southampton Council Website for further information.


Our Terms and Conditions:

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Childcare Vouchers

We accept all childcare vouchers. Please call or email for further information.