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An Environment to Thrive In




The Great Outdoors!


Sensory Play!

Sensory Rooms

We are hugely proud that we are able to offer each age group their own dedicated sensory room. This enables us to provide the children with a tailored environment. Sensory rooms are a magical place and the children love them, fully of interactive equipment using sound, light and texture, such as bubble lamps, light boards, LED lighting, fabrics, music and mirrors our sensory rooms can be hugely stimulating but also very calming and peaceful depending on the needs of the children at that time. Sensory rooms were originally designed for children with autism or other learning difficulties or behavioural challenges, however, they are wonderful environments for all young children. By altering the light/sound/textures around them we can manipulate the sensory experience for the children, or they can do it for themselves, to create an environment that is encourages them engage in and explore their environment in a very different way to standard play spaces. As well as being great fun we find that these rooms can provide a calming and peaceful environment it is perfect for even the smallest babies to explore and enjoy. We find that they can be wonderfully calming environments if a little one is feeling distressed or anxious.


Our Stunning Garden!

At the Mulberry Bush we feel that the whole nursery environment should be equally rich inside or out. At Bitterne Park we had the opportunity to create an expansive, beautiful outdoor environment that is fascinating for all our children. The garden provides physical challenge with our large sand and water area featuring a water pump that the children can operate independently. The cobbles and the wooden bridge are made up of different surfaces and levels for the children to climb and balance on. It is fabulous to watch them explore this area, using buckets and scoops to transport water and sand around and to work together to use the pump.
Our climbing slope offers further physical challenge, especially for the development of the children’s upper body strength….and then they can whizz down the slide!
The basis of our garden is natural play, with lots of plants and wooden structures. Throughout the seasons the children are able to observe the plants and trees grow and change and encouraged to discover hidden mini beasts.


The Baby Garden

The Blueberries and Strawberries have their own garden space specifically designed for even the smallest children so that they can have plenty of fresh air and their own outdoor experience in safety, even when the more mobile children are out at play. The babies garden is fully sheltered meaning they can have outdoor access whatever the weather. The outdoor space is full of interesting challenges for the children and they are encouraged to be confident to access this area independently during periods of free flow play. Of course the Blueberries are not restricted to this space and are encouraged to use the larger garden area whenever they would like, but here they have a space all to themselves.


The Growing Area

The growing area is fundamental to our ethos at the Mulberry bush. We believe passionately in providing children with delicious, nutritious food and also helping them to learn about where their food comes from. They will have the opportunity to grow their own crops of fruits and vegetables, to harvest them and then hand them over to our cook to supplement their meals. Our growing area is a thriving plot that the children help to take care of. The children help with all aspects for growing from planting seeds and transferring seedlings, assist in watering our plants everyday throughout the summer and then helping to harvest our crops as they ripen. The food that we grow is taken to our nursery chef in the kitchen to be included in our meals whenever possible, or sometimes, in the case of strawberries, simply eaten straight away!  To see our healthy choices click here