NURSERY AND PRESCHOOL
Outstanding in every area
“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.
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.
(P.P.A Diploma) As the joint owner of the nursery, Denise works very closely with the nursery managers and despite reaching retirement age, still works on site on a regular basis. Denise decided to open Mulberry Corner in 1992. Having moved to the area with no family support she was aware of how important the provision of quality childcare is to enable parents to successfully return to work. With limited options available at that time, Denise decided to set up her own nursery. Mulberry Corner was the first day care nursery to open in the Test Valley Borough and it has grown in both size and reputation over the years. Childcare and looking after children has always been Denise's passion and she continues to work with the same enthusiasm today as she did at the beginning of her career.
OWNER AND MANAGER
(Early Years Teacher) Emma is Denise’s eldest daughter and joint owner of the nursery. Emma decided to return to Hampshire to join Mulberry Corner in 2015, having previously had a career as a solicitor in London. As a mother of two young children, Emma has an innate understanding of the needs of working parents and has been involved with the nursery since its opening in 1992. She was even responsible for planting the mulberry tree in the garden at the nursery’s first birthday party, whilst dressed as Mickey Mouse! Emma is very excited about bringing her ideas to the business and working closely with both parents and staff to ensure that Mulberry Corner is a warm and stimulating environment that children will look forward to coming to each day.
DEPUTY NURSERY MANAGER
(NNEB Diploma and NVQ4 in Management) Sabrina joined Mulberry Corner in February 1998 as a nursery nurse and is now deputy manager of the nursery in September 2005. Sabrina oversees all aspects of staff and children within the main nursery. Sabrina has had experience in the nursery as a supervisor and has also helped out in the preschool. She is ideally suited to the running of the nursery due to her patience and caring nature and ability to lead her team in a fair and fun way. Sabrina is well experienced and extremely passionate about providing the best possible care for children. She also has two boys of her own.
DEPUTY PRESCHOOL MANAGER
(BTEC trained) Gemma came to Mulberry Corner in June 2001 and now holds the position of deputy manager of the preschool. Gemma has had plenty of experience working in both sides of the nursery, including her role as main nursery supervisor before moving through to the preschool. Gemma is an enthusiastic and dynamic member of our team and she has an excellent knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage and child development in general. Gemma is also fully trained in safeguarding children. Gemma is involved in all aspects of the children’s care within the preschool and has a dedicated team for support on a daily basis. Gemma led the team during our most recent outstanding Ofsted inspection. Gemma is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her son, Austin. Gemma also has a daughter, Bella.
(NVQ3 and SENCO trained) Kat joined Mulberry Corner in August 2006 and became supervisor of the nursery in 2011. Kat is also our special needs co-ordinator and always ensures the children in her care are meeting their full potential. She is experienced with liaising with outside agencies to provide consistent care and attends many training courses to ensure her knowledge is up to date. Kat is a friendly and bubbly member of the team with lots of energy. She works closely with her own key children but also oversees the care of all of the nursery children.
(NNEB Diploma, CPO Officer) Katie is one of our longest standing members of staff, having been with us since 1998. Katie is our lead practitioner in safeguarding and through this role attends regular training and support groups. She is fully committed to this cause and ensures all other staff are well trained in this area. Katie has an excellent knowledge of child development. Due to the length of time she has worked with us, Katie has built up lovely relationships with both families and agencies in the area.
(NVQ3 Trained) Hayley joined Mulberry Corner in 2007. Hayley took a short career break in 2012 to work with children in Greece, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Hayley returned to Mulberry Corner full of passion and continues to be a fun and active member of staff. Hayley has experience with both our nursery and preschool children, as well as children with special needs, having previously worked for The Autistic Society.
(CACHE level 3 trained) Lauren joined Mulberry Corner in April 2005 as a nursery nurse and became deputy of the nursery before leaving to have her first child. Lauren now works within the nursery on a part time basis. Lauren is a very calm member of staff and is constantly coming up with new ideas for activities. Lauren is extremely artistic and enjoys creating exciting displays around the nursery for the children to look at.
(CACHE level 3 trained) Michelle came to Mulberry Corner in 2008. Michelle has worked in both the nursery and the preschool, but is very much suited to our nursery setting due to her extremely compassionate and caring nature. Michelle works very hard settling her key children and builds lovely relationships with the children and their families.
(CACHE level 3 trained) Danielle joined us in October 2010. Danielle has a wide knowledge of child development and plans lovely activities for the children based on their needs and interests. She enjoys imaginary play with the children, as well as singing activities.
(NVQ3 Trained) Becca joined Mulberry Corner in 2014 and has experience working with both our nursery and preschool children. Becca is a kind and fun member of the team and is really enjoying her new position with our younger ones.
(NVQ3 trained) Sarah joined Mulberry Corner in September 2015. Sarah previously worked in a dedicated preschool unit and is enjoying spending time getting to know our younger children. Sarah has a quiet, calm nature and has been praised by Ofsted for her planned activities.
(NVQ3 trained and currently undertaking a Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education) Ellis joined Mulberry Corner in May 2016 from a special needs school in Southampton and also has had experience in an Early Years Centre as a learning support assistant. Ellis is suited to the preschool as she has a wide knowledge and interest in child development. Ellis is a confidence and knowledgeable member of staff and prepares lovely adult led activities for the children.
(BA Hons Early Years) Janine joined our nursery team in January 2017, having previously worked for another local nursery chain for over 10 years. Janine has brought lots of new ideas and experience to our nursery team and has a lovely caring and calm manner with the children.
(NVQ3 Trained) Laura joined Mulberry Corner in August 2015, fulfilling a long held ambition to change her career to work with children. Laura joined as an apprentice and completed her training while working at Mulberry Corner. Laura is really enjoying working in the busy environment of a nursery. Laura has a very kind and caring nature and is a very fun member of staff.
(CACHE level 3 trained) Chloe joined our preschool team in October 2016, straight from her role as Unit Leader in a summer camp in Massachusetts with Camp America. Chloe loves books (and writes her own blog on this subject) and also loves to bake. Chloe is a very bubbly, confident member of our team and is really enjoying getting to know all our preschoolers.
NURSERY NURSE APPRENTICE
(NVQ3 Trainee) Julia joined Mulberry Corner in August 2016 and is loving her first full time job! Julia is full of enthusiasm and has a lovely calm and caring manner with the children. Julia is looking forward to completing her training at Mulberry Corner.
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. Click on the button below to find out more.
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.
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.
“Sad face day! Livie is no longer a pre-schooler! I would like to thank ALL the staff at Mulberry Corner for looking after my baby all these years. You’ve all made such a massive impact on her life, I can’t thank you enough. I’m so sad that she’s not going to part of such an amazing learning environment, however I’m sure the ethics and values you have taught her will stay with her for life. Thank you all so much”Parent, 2014
“Leadership is outstanding. Staff are extremely well deployed and work very effectively as a team to ensure children of all ages thrive in this stimulating, nurturing and very well resourced nursery.”Ofsted, 2015
“Both of our boys have been lucky to receive all the love, care and fun you have to offer. Mulberry Corner will hold a special place in our hearts.”Parent, 2016
“He has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Mulberry Corner and I know he’ll miss [Mulberry Corner] very much. Every staff member has been exceptional! I will definitely be recommending you all.”Parent, 2015
“Thank you to everyone at Mulberry Corner for the fantastic care that you provided for [my child]. People often moan about childcare costs but knowing that [my child] is safe and well cared for is worth every penny to us.”Parent, 2015
“Parents and staff develop a highly collaborative approach to children’s care and learning.”Ofsted, 2015
“From the earliest days, staff encourage children to freely explore, experiment and discover. They skilfully develop children’s communication, language and thinking skills.” Ofsted, 2015
“It feels like we are arriving at a friend’s house”Parent, 2015
“[Our daughter] is always coming home and surprising us with things we know we haven’t taught her”Parent, 2015
“Teaching is exceptional because the well-qualified and experienced staff provide a rich range of experiences that meet children’s individual learning needs.” Ofsted, 2015
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.
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.
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