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The Mulberry Bush Pre-school





Our topic this half term is:


Will you read me a story?


We are focusing on number rhymes including Hickory Dickory Dock, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary & Five Speckled Frogs. We will also be looking at some of the children’s favourite stories.


  It would be great if you could support our topic by practising nursery rhymes at home and sharing favourite stories.  We'd love to hear from the children about their favourite book characters, settings and adventures!


Check back here for regular updates on our activities.



Thursday 13th September


Over the last two weeks we have been busy making mice from Hickory Dickory Dock and lovely gardens from Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary. This week we have sent home our first "nursery rhyme of the week" - Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary - for the children to enjoy singing at home.




Picture 1


Recent research into the development and acquisition of early literacy skills has conclusively shown that rhythm and rhyme play a hugely important role. This is because children’s early literacy skills are about listening and speaking rather than reading and writing. These first two skills are the bedrock foundation for the latter, and create much stronger ability in the latter if ingrained deeply and early on. It’s simply not possible to be a good writer if you don’t first of all have a good vocabulary. Similarly, it’s very hard to learn phonics and sight words if you can’t discriminate sounds and rhyming patterns in an audible way.




Welcome to Mulberry Bush Pre-School

The Mulberry Bush Pre-school was first established over 30 years ago for the children of the Royal Naval personnel and families in the local community.  We opened our purpose built, eco friendly Pre-school in June 2010, in the grounds of St Andrew's Primary School. From September 2018, we will join St Andrew's CE Primary School as part of the DSAT family! 

Our Pre-School Leader is Mrs Nicki Saunders.

We welcome children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years.

For further information please contact the school office in the first instance. 


"Staff work well as a team and provide strong role models for children. Children have a good understanding of the adults' expectations and behave well."   Ofsted 3 May 2017


"Staff organise the environment effectively to enable children to make choices and lead their play."     Ofsted 3 May 2017

The sessions times which we operate are shown below. 

We accept Childcare Vouchers.



  Early Birds *

Morning Session
9.00am - 12.00pm

Lunch Club
12.00 - 12.30pm
Afternoon Session
12.30 - 3.00pm
Monday Open Open Closed Closed
Tuesday Open Open Open Open
Wednesday Open Open Open Open
Thursday Open Open Open Open
Friday Closed Closed Closed Closed

For more information, please contact us.