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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Healthy Choices


Menus - Bitterne Park

Our award winning menus are all prepared in our on site kitchens by our dedicated chefs.

Here is a sample of our current Summer Menu 2018 

We also have weaning menus for babies. These too are all homemade with the very best of ingredients. Please feel free to request a copy.

Please call us on 01489 583130 if you have any questions regarding meals.

Special Dietary Requirements

Please let us know if your child has any special dietary requirements and we will happily adapt our menus to suit their needs.

Healthy Choices

The heart of our nursery is the kitchen, both literally and figuratively. All of our rooms flow around this fundamental central point. At the Mulberry Bush we are totally committed to healthy eating from when babies start weaning. Our children are able to sample different tastes and textures while enjoying healthy, homemade meals and snacks which will lay the foundations for an understanding and enjoyment of healthy eating, hopefully forever!

Our ambition to provide the very best food for our children, and for educating them about Healthy Choices was recognised in 2017 when we won the Nursery World Award for Food! This is a national award and we are hugely proud of this great achievement!


“Healthy eating and physical activity are essential for proper growth and development in childhood. To help children develop patterns of healthy eating from an early age, it is important that the food and eating patterns to which they are exposed – both at home and outside the home – are those which promote positive attitudes to good nutrition. “

‘Eating well for under-5s in child care; Practical and nutritional guidelines’. Second edition By Dr Helen Crawley 2006


Nutritionally balanced:

In order to help ensure that the children in our care at the Mulberry Bush have the best possible diet we work with state registered paediatric dietitian & public health nutritionist Rebecca Weeks (BSc Hons RD, Msc PHN). Rebecca helps us to structure nutritionally balanced and appealing menus for the children. Under Rebecca’s guidance we work with the measures set out by the Children’s Food Trust and the Caroline Walker Trust (CWT), leading experts in nutrition for children in child care.

Our menus offer a balanced and healthy breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack (optional) and two course afternoon tea every day. They offer a healthy, tasty, well balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, good quality protein and starchy carbohydrate and a huge array of flavours.

For further information please feel free to request a copy of our food and nutrition policy and/or our weaning policy.