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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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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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Healthy Choices

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Menus - Locks Heath

Our fabulous cook Carol has prepared our new menus, here is a sample Spring Menu 2019.

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!

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“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

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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.

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