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2 months ago

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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2 months ago

The Mulberry Bush

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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Locks Heath Staff

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Committed to providing the very best!

At the Mulberry Bush we celebrate each and every child as an individual. We work with the key person programme to enable every child to forge a strong, trusting bond with their primary carer in the nursery, as well as good, positive relationships with the rest of the team. Your child’s key person will be responsible for ensuring that they receive tailor-made care, designed to help them develop in ways that interest them and at their own pace. Your key person is also responsible for sharing your child’s day with you when you come to collect them; what they have enjoyed and achieved.

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Joining our team

At the Mulberry Bush we are always interested in recruiting passionate and committed individuals to our nurseries. A happy and enthusiastic team dedicated to enabling children to achieve their very best is the most valuable resource we can offer any child. If you would like to discuss joining us then please get in contact by telephone or email or complete an ‘online application form’. Please see the links below for job descriptions of the roles we are currently recruiting for.
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Dedicated to supporting the unique child:

At the Mulberry Bush we celebrate each and every child as an individual. We work with the key person programme to enable every child to forge a strong, trusting bond with their primary carer in the nursery, as well as good, positive relationships with the rest of the team. Your child’s key person will be responsible for ensuring that they receive tailor-made care, designed to help them develop in ways that interest them and at their own pace. Your key person is also responsible for sharing your child’s day with you when you come to collect them; what they have enjoyed and achieved.

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Holly Smith

Associate Director - Locks Heath and Bitterne Park

A qualified teacher with an advanced specialism in early years I have spent the last 9 years working with children aged 9 months to 6 years old. During this time I have been a teacher in a local outstanding ofsted rated school as well as a room leader, deputy and a manager of preschools in and around the Southampton area.  In my previous roles I was asked to make positive changes and developments to struggling settings. My main passion is about ensuring high quality childcare and education and I hope that my knowledge and expertise will enable me to continue to drive the Mulberry Bush’s passion and enthusiasm for outstanding childcare forward.

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Leah Bailey

Operations Manager

Leah holds her Level 3 NVQ qualification in Children's Care, Learning and Development and has 10 years experience in the sector. Leah came to the Mulberry Bush in 2015 as Deputy Manager of the setting. She quickly established herself as a central member of the team. Leah then took over the role of Operations Manager looking after the HR and invoicing for the nursery as well as other 'behind the scenes' elements of the business.

"The Mulberry Bush is a very special place to work. It is so exciting to be part of the excellent team who are helping to develop the nurseries. I am really enjoying the opportunities that I have to develop both personally and professionally at the Mulberry Bush."

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Vikki Wray

Elderberries (Pre School) Room leader,
Senior Nursery Nurse, SENCO and
leader of school transitions

Vikki Wray has been the room leader for the Elderberries (Pre-school) since we opened in 2013. She is also Senior Nursery Nurse supporting the Management Team and helping to bring her knowledge and experience to the whole nursery. Vikki holds her level 3 qualification in Childcare. She is an inspirational practitioner who truly changes the lives of the children in her care. Vikki and her team are constantly developing exciting activities to extend their children's learning, following the child's interests.

"Pre school is a fantastic place to work. The children are so full of interest and enthusiasm for everything that they do. It is wonderful to help them learn and develop as individuals. I am particularly proud of helping our school leavers to prepare for life beyond nursery. Many children pop back to visit and let us know how they are getting on and that is always lovely."

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Carol Brown

Chef

Carol has been chef at the Mulberry Bush since 2013. She is passionate about designing and producing interesting, varied and delicous menus that are also perfectly balanced. She shares our ethos that children will only grow to their full potential if they are well nourished in all ways, using the best ingredients and lots of love! Carol's dedication to providing the very best food and supporting the team in educating the children about good nutrition and healthy eating was rewarded when the Mulberry Bush was awarded the Nursery World Food Award 2017.

Our kitchen, at the heart of the nursery, means that all the children are able to watch Carol cooking and to pop into the kitchen to help serve meals or just to say hello. She is a well known and well loved by all the children.

"The Mulberry Bush is a very special place. I so enjoy being able to introduce the children to new foods and flavours in our menus."

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