Children take a conscious lead in their learning
Elderberries: 3 years to 5 years
Elderberries is a modern and spacious preschool with lots of natural light. Comprising of 4 huge spaces as well as a bespoke sensory room and toilet facilities specifically for this age group the Elderberries room allows us to create different and interesting environments that change and grow with the needs and interests of our children. The vast space provides a unique facility in the area with nearly double the required space per child provided. This means that even on the busiest days the Elderberries is always calm and organised.
Elderberries, the Early Years Foundation Stage and Preparation for School:
At the Mulberry Bush we believe in following children’s interests to inspire their learning. Working with the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (EYFS) 7 areas of learning we ensure that all of our children are given a rich and varied learning environment to spark their imaginations and highly qualified and passionate practitioners to help support and extend this learning in whichever way they need.
At the end of their time in Elderberries the children will be moving on to school. We work extremely hard to ensure that each child is ready for this important next step. We are proud to say that our local schools have noted how well prepared for school Mulberry Bush children are and how successfully they make this transition. Please see our Transition to School section for further information.
There is plenty of direct access to the garden from the Elderberries room via large French Windows throughout the space. This provides the children with plenty of free flow access to the stunning outdoor areas. With a huge variety of activities and environments in the garden the children can always find something to interest and challenge them in all areas of the nursery, indoor and out.
Please see the Our Spaces section for more information on our garden facilities
Elderberries and Meal Times:
The Elderberries features as huge window in to our kitchen meaning that they can see our cooks at work and regularly chat about what is being prepared that day. The children help to serve themselves at mealtimes and clear their own cutlery and plates. Meal times are a very sociable time with the children sitting in groups supported by an adult. Meal times are an excellent opportunity to expand children’s understanding of the natural world and the world around us. We talk to the children about what is in their food, how it is grown and where dishes originate from. Please see our Healthy Choices page for further information.