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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

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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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Strawberries: 1 Year to 2 Years

The Strawberries space is separated into two connected sections, a bright and active play area for messy play, creative play and meal times and a quiet, role play and reading area. As in Blueberries there is a minimum ratio of one adult to every three children so there is always lots of support for each child whatever their needs.
The Strawberries are just beginning to understand and enjoy the world of make believe and they love the role play area with its little kitchen and simple dressing up costumes. They have open access to the reading area and enjoy looking at picture books, reading stories during quiet times.
The children also particularly enjoy singing, music and movement in this space, for which we provide lots of age appropriate instruments, scarfs and ribbons.

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Strawberries in the garden:

The Blueberries and Strawberries have direct access into their own garden full of age specific resources. We also encourage the Strawberries to use the larger garden area at quiet times. There they can explore the construction area, sand kitchen, forest area and growing area. The Strawberries love the challenge of these environments.

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Strawberries in the sensory room:

Another important resource for Strawberries is the sensory room. The Strawberries have direct access to this space. The children love the different sounds, sights and sensations that the sensory room presents to them.

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Strawberries Socialising:

The Blueberries and Strawberries have separate spaces but often combine the groups at appropriate times of the day. It is very important that the younger babies are given access to the older children and vice versa. The little babies emulate the older and the older learn to be gentle and kind to the younger children. It is a vital part of their social development.

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Weaning and meal times:

At the Mulberry Bush the quality of food provided to children is of upmost importance. This starts with their very first experiences of solid food. Please click on our Healthy Choices page for further information.

The Strawberries are seated in small, social groups for meal times and they sit at the table and start to learn the basics of table manners and start to learn to use cutlery. They are always supported by an adult to help them to cut food and feed themselves as well as to make meal times a fun, social part of the day.

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Sleep room:

The Blueberries and Strawberries have their own peaceful sleep room. This has air conditioning for the summer months. The sleep room has a viewing window so that, as well as regular checks on the children, staff can keep a constant eye on the babies as they rest. We provide fresh linen daily for each child although you are welcome to supplement that with any individual sleeping items, sleeping bags, comforters etc that are helpful for your child.
As the Strawberries approach the time to leave and transition on to the Raspberries room we encourage them to get used to sleeping on sleep mats in the sensory room. This is how they will take their naps in the older age groups and it greatly aids a smooth transition if they have become used to this in a more familiar environment.

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Settling into nursery life:

When your baby joins the Blueberries or Strawberries they will be allocated a key person and taken through an induction process. Please click on the links for further information about our settling in process. This can be a time of anxiety for both parent and child so we work hard to make this as smooth and stress free as possible.

At about 2 yrs old your child will be ready to move on from Strawberries to Raspberries. Please see our Useful Stuff section on Transitions for further information about this process.

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