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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.
12.15 - 2.45pm
For more information, please contact us.
Summer Term 1 2019
This half term we are looking at different types of fruit and vegetables. We may even try to grow some for ourselves! Our focus stories will be "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", "Oliver's Vegetables" and "Oliver's Fruit Salad".
Friday 17th May
This week we have enjoyed trying a variety of fruits and learning more about healthy eating. Some of the children took the very hungry caterpillars over to Reception class and very proudly talked about how they are growing and what will happen to them next. We were very fortunate to have 2 brand new balance bikes donated to us the week which the children enjoyed trying out on Friday.
Friday 10th May
This week our caterpillars arrived and are already growing fast - we are looking forward to seeing them turn into butterflies. We have enjoyed making and tasting different types of bread and have had lots of practise using cutlery - buttering our bread and chopping up vegetables and playdough. We've also really enjoyed spending time with Reception class in the Early Years garden. Next week we are making fruit salads so fruit donations will be gratefully received, we are quite keen to try mango, guava, passionfruit and avocado as we have been reading Handa's Surprise.
Friday 3rd May
This week we have been making the most of our outdoor space. We have been exploring fruit and vegetables by painting with them and planting them outside. We planted some carrot seeds and are looking forward to seeing them grow. On Thursday the children wanted to make a den, dig for treasure and make superhero costumes. On Friday the children spent most of the day enjoying the shared outdoor space with Reception class - water play and mud pies were very popular! Please pop in and see some of the exciting things we have been doing on our learning journey display. Next week we will be looking at "The Little Red Hen" so we can learn some more about how food is grown and made.
Friday 26th April
This week we have been finding out about the children's favourite fruit and vegetables, what they would like to learn about this half term and what we can help them with. Thank you for all the contributions we've had so far.
We discovered that not all carrots are orange - we have been looking at purple and yellow carrots too! We cut them up to see if they are different on the inside too.
Our Spring 2 topic is "Why don't snakes have legs?"
Please could you talk to your child about what animals/insects/reptiles they like. Are there any particular stories your child enjoys which would fit in with our topic? This is also an opportunity to help your child recognise similarities and differences - which we will be looking at throughout the half term. If possible, please note down your ideas to share with us after the break. Alternatively have a chat with your child’s keyworker.
Friday 5th April
Thank you to everyone who came along to our topic showcase. It was a lovely opportunity for parents/carers to join in with our activities, share our learning journey throughout this half term and have a catch up with your child's keyworker.
Friday 29th March
We have had a very busy half term - we've enjoyed listening to The Gruffalo and Superworm, looking after our tadpoles, building habitats, making wiggly worms and investigating lots of different creatures. It was amazing to see so many brave children holding the bugs at Bugfest! This week we have been making the most of the sunshine, we even had a picnic in the garden. We look forward to sharing our learning journey with parents at our topic showcase on Thursday 4th April at 2pm - we hope you can come along, listen to a story and sing some nursery rhymes with us.
Friday 8th February
We've had a very busy half term - flying on an aeroplane, stomping around on dinosaur Island, flying rockets in space and making maps on treasure island.
The finale for our topic "Are we there yet?" will be a treasure hunt walk around the school grounds on Tuesday 12th February. Children will need to be dressed appropriately for the weather, including waterproof coats and sensible shoes. We will not be having a PE session in the hall on this day.
Friday 18th January
The children are really enjoying a more active role in our topic planning. This week we have been travelling on an aeroplane and flying in a rocket just like Baby Bear in the story "Whatever next". If parents have any ideas or thoughts about children's interests we would love to hear them. Next week we are off to dinosaur island...….
Friday 11th January 2019
We've got off to a flying start with our new topic "Are we there yet?". The children have been sharing some great ideas about how they would like to travel, choosing to make a rocket as a team and lots of colourful hot-air balloons. We have been reading "Whatever next" and next week we will be thinking about where Baby Bear might go next.......
We would like to include children's interests and ideas as much as possible in our planning each week. If you have any ideas you'd like to share with us please jot them on a post-it or scrap of paper and send them in, alternatively you can pop-in and add it to our planning wall.
Dates for your diary
Friday 7th December - St Andrew's Christmas fayre - 5-7 pm - Please bring in donations for our chocolate tombola
Thursday 13th December - Christmas concert and fundraiser - 1-2.15 pm
Friday 14th December - Christmas jumper day
Thursday 20th December - Christmas party - details to follow soon
Friday 30th November
Letters have gone home this week with details of our Christmas concert. There is acopy below for anyone who has not yet seen the letter. The children are working hard to get ready and look forward to sharing our Christmas story and songs with you.
Friday 9th November
We've had a busy few weeks looking at the "Owl Babies" book, hunting for nocturnal animals and making owl or bat boxes. We've also been very creative - making fireworks/rockets out of junk modelling and painting with forks and marbles to make firework pictures.
Our topic this half term is:
What happens when I fall asleep?
We are focusing on 3 core stories – Owl Babies, How to catch a Star and Stick Man - which will incorporate looking at nocturnal animals, hunting for stars, making our own Stick Man and Christmas activities!
I am delighted to announce that, due to popular demand, we have extended our opening hours at the Mulberry Bush Pre-School.
From Tuesday 30th October 2018, the opening hours for children at Mulberry Bush Pre-School will be:
Monday 8.45am - 2.45pm
Tuesday 8.45am - 2.45pm
Wednesday 8.45am - 2.45pm
Thursday 8.45am - 2.45pm
Friday 8.45am - 2.45pm
Morning sessions only will also be available every day, from 8.45am-11.45am.
All prices remain the same; for further information, please speak to a member of Mulberry Bush staff. We can also accommodate funding. There will no longer be ‘Early Bird’ sessions at an additional cost.
I hope that these timings will offer parents more flexibility, whether to fit in with dropping off or collecting older children from St. Andrew’s School, parental working times, or giving children increased opportunities to mix with their friends in a safe, creative and exciting environment.
We are a small and often over-subscribed Pre-School. Please register your interest in these extra sessions as soon as possible, so that we can accommodate as many children and their families as we can. The first 20 children registered for one of our new sessions, on a Monday afternoon or on a Friday, will be entered into our prize draw for a Sainsbury’s voucher.
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 27th September
We have been practising the nursery rhymes Five Little Speckled Frogs and 1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive in the last few weeks. The children have made some lovely frogs for our display and today they helped make fish for the "pond", which they practised catching. Following requests from some of the children, we have been reading "Shark in the Dark" and "Shark in the Park" which we have extended into our small world play.
Thank you for the book reviews that have come in so far - it's a great talking point to share with the children. Please aim to send in one per week if possible - we have plenty of spares for you to re-stock! You may have noticed our new children's library - you are welcome to browse the books with your children and take them home to share - just bring them back when you're finished with them so we can keep a good range available for others.
“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.”