Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Week

We had a lovely week last week sharing afternoon tea with lots of very special Mummies.  The children worked really hard preparing sandwiches, scones and cakes all week for their Mummies to enjoy every day at our very special afternoon tea events.  We had an amazing 50 Mums come in to share tea time with their child throughout the week and everyone seemed to have a lovely time.  Here are a few photos of what we got up to:

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Sensory play

Our littlest children really enjoyed their topic on sensory play this month.  We converted our quiet room into a sensory space – with fibre optic lights, flashing torches, different textured cushions, sensory balls, treasure bags and music.  In our creative area the children made textured paint and enjoyed playing with lots of different textures such as shaving foam, spaghetti, jelly and ice.  We played with scented play-dough, painted on transparent easels and painted our hands and feet too!  We also hide some real fruit and vegetables in our home corner for the children to find.  Here are a few pictures of what we got up to:

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It’s Christmas!

We had a fantastic time celebrating Christmas at Mulberry Corner this month.  The staff all stayed behind on Thursday 30th November to decorate the entire nursery with all of the children’s Christmas displays to ensure the nursery was looking extremely festive for them when they arrived on the first day of advent.  The children helped us to decorate our Christmas trees and really enjoyed opening the advent calendars they had helped to create.  We had two yummy Christmas dinners during December – one cooked by our own amazing staff and the other by our lovely caterers, Hungry Monsters.  There was even gingerbread men to decorate for pudding!  Our preschool nativity play was a big hit, with over 170 people in the audience!!  There was lots of singing, dancing and a special appearance from Father Christmas himself.  We made mince pies, dressed up in Christmas outfits and jumpers, helped plot Santa’s route around the globe, practiced wrapping presents in our Elves Workshop, made and played with magic snow and made lots of crafty Christmassy gifts to take home.

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Our 25th birthday celebrations….

On Monday we celebrated our 25th birthday at Mulberry Corner.  When we opened in 1992, we were the very first day nursery in the whole of the Test Valley area.  25 years later, we are still going strong, with two extensions to the nursery building, two ratings of outstanding by Ofsted and lots of new projects underway, including our new Forest School programme.

To help us celebrate, we invited Miller’s Ark to come and see us with their mobile farm.  The children were lucky enough to meet kuni-kuni pigs, two Mediterranean miniature donkeys, some African pygmy goats, two large Oxford Downs sheep, white Indian runner ducks, chickens, guinea pigs and a floppy eared bunny.

Janine baked us a delicious rainbow birthday cake, decorated with a Mulberry tree and we all sang happy birthday to the nursery.  We even had a visit from our friends at the Daily Echo!  Here are a few photos of our birthday celebrations:

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