Welcome to Mulberry Corner

Outstanding in every area


Our Nursery caters for children
aged between 18 months and 3 years.

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Preschool Pips

Our preschool unit, known as “The Pips” caters for children from the term after their third birthday until they start school.

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Our Philosophy

“Play makes a major contribution in helping children manage their thoughts, ideas, feelings, relationships and physical selves.”

Friedrich Froebel, inventor of the kindergarten, 1782-1852.


Our Staff

We have a fantastic team of staff at Mulberry Corner and this is the key to our success.

All of our staff are fully trained in childcare and two thirds of our senior staff have worked at Mulberry Corner for over 10 years. Please use the slider below and click on a staff member to learn more about them.


The play areas at Mulberry Corner are not categorised by age.

This means that no child spends all their time in one room but rather is able to explore the whole nursery each day.

The nursery is divided into three rooms and the preschool has four rooms for the children to play in.

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Our newly refurbished large outdoor garden provides fantastic surroundings for safe exploration, physical development, and a place where children can experience being part of a thriving natural environment. The garden is made up of many different areas. We have an all weather surface which is accessed directly from our conservatory. Leading off this we have a large artificial grassed area, complete with a tactile path and mini hills for the children to climb. The garden incorporates balancing beams, stepping stones and a musical instruments wall made up from everyday kitchen utensils. Part of the outdoor area is dedicated to our secret garden, which provides the children with an area for den making and imaginative play.

In summertime, the secret garden provides natural shade for activities such as story time and ribbon weaving. A mud kitchen is also is the process of being finalised. The garden has sensory raised planting, a large apple tree and, of course, a mulberry tree! To enable the children to access our garden in all types of weather, we provide wellingtons, waterproof ponchos, all weather suits and umbrellas. Our garden is used by the children every day.

Our motto for outside play is “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”.

We celebrate lots of different festivals with the children and all the Saints’ days. Some examples of festivals we have celebrated recently are Eid, Holi, Easter, Christmas, Chinese New Year and Ramadan. We will also incorporate into our planning any festival a parent may wish to celebrate.

Healthy Eating

At Mulberry Corner we have a healthy eating policy.  Staff are encouraged to eat their lunch with the children and to promote our healthy eating policy in their own lunch choices.  All meal times at nursery are a social event.  Groups are kept small to enable the staff to interact with the children and to encourage good manners at the table.

Breakfast Club
Children arriving between 8am and 8.30am are welcome to send in their own breakfast to have when they arrive.


Snack Times
For children”s snack time, a selection of fruit is always on offer together with other healthy options such as crackers, differents breads, cheese and cereal bars.   There is also a choice of milk or water to drink.  Our snack bars are open throughout the morning and afternoon and the children are able to come to the snack bar when they wish.  We monitor the snack bar to ensure that every child has a drink and something to eat during their session.
Parents can decide if they wish to send their child to nursery with a packed lunch or opt for nursery lunches.  Our nursery lunches are provided by a specialist catering company called Hungry Monsters and have proven to be a real hit with the children and parents alike.  Hungry Monsters prepare freshly made, nutritionally balanced meals on a daily basis. Menus are available at the nursery for parents to view at the start of each week.  Hungry Monsters is able to cater for all medical, religious and cultural dietary requirements.  An extra charge of £3 per meal is made for this service.
Parents have the same choice at tea time as above and can send in a packed tea or opt for nursery tea.  We also offer a lighter option for those children who will be eating dinner with their parents when they return home.  The small afternoon tea option typically consists of fruit, cheese and crackers or scones.  An extra charge of £3 is made for nursery tea.  If a child opts for both nursery lunch and tea, a reduced rate of £5 applies.


View Hungry Monsters Sample Menu


What others say about us

Please click here to read our Ofsted report in which we received outstanding in every area.

Prices and Packages

Nursery Fees

  • £42
  • per day
  • 8:00am – 6:00pm
  • £26
  • 4 hour session
  • 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Extra hours £6.50 per hour
  • Extra 1/2 hours £3.75
  • £26
  • 4 hour session
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Extra hours £6.50 per hour
  • Extra 1/2 hours £3.75

The government has introduced funding for certain 2 year olds, which could help to reduce your nursery fees.  You may be entitled to receive this funding if your child is (a) adopted; (b) is a child in care or (c) has special needs and has an education health and care plan in place.  If you wish to find out more about 2 year funding, please feel free to speak to us.  We can provide you with the necessary paperwork for you to make a claim.

Preschool Fees

Fees for the Preschool are calculated on a different basis to those summarised above. All preschool children are entitled to up to 15 hours of free funding per week as part of the Early Years Free Entitlement scheme (EYFE) from the term after their third birthday. We operate a sliding fee scale for any hours taken up over and above the free 15 hours. Children attending for between 30 and 50 hours a week are charged £4.00 for all additional hours. Further details on the Preschool fee scale can be obtained from any member of staff.

The nursery and preschool are open from 8a.m. to 6p.m. The core of our sessions are 9a.m. to 1p.m. and 1p.m. to 5p.m, but we are able to offer variations to these hours to cater for work commitments.

The nursery accepts childcare vouchers as part or full settlement of childcare fees. Please speak to a member of staff for further details.







Mulberry Corner, 1 and 2 Castle Lane,
Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, SO53 4PW
Tel: 023 8025 5170