Nursery

i-can-cookAt Mulberry Corner we believe that childcare should be tailored to the needs of each child.  We do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach.  We pride ourselves in the flexibility we offer to parents, from allowing parents to provide their child’s own food if they wish, to offering a wide choice of sessions, including reserving a small number of term time only spaces.

The children in the main nursery are aged between 18 months and 3 years old. Our staff to child ratio is 1 adult to every 3 children aged between 18 months and 2 years and 1 adult to every 4 children aged between 2 and 3 years. Every child attending the nursery is allocated a key person. The key person’s role is to make sure that, within the day to day demands of a nursery, each child feels special and individual, cherished and thought about by someone in particular whilst they are away from home. The key person approach also ensures that you as a parent have the opportunity to build a personal relationship with one person in particular at the nursery. Every child also has a secondary key person to support your child throughout their time with us.

We start our day welcoming all children into the nursery. Your child will be welcomed into nursery by their key person or, if their key person is away, their secondary key person. Each child has their own peg, with their photo on, to hang their belongings. Every child receives a free Mulberry Corner purple backpack when they start with us, which they can bring to nursery each day if they wish.  Each child is then invited into our Interest room, to put their photograph onto our self-registration board.  In our Interest room we also have a “My Family” board. All parents are encouraged to send us in photographs of their child’s family to give their child a sense of belonging within the nursery.

At Mulberry Corner the children are not room based but rather move around all the areas with assistance from our staff, and especially their key person. The nursery operates a free flow play environment between the Art Room, Interest Room, Role Play Room and the Outside Area. Each day starts with the children spending some quality time with their key person time in their base rooms.

The activities for the nursery and how the areas are set up stem directly from the children’s interests and how we feel they best learn. We have regular staff meetings to discuss every child’s individual needs.  Our staff keep learning journals for each child through an online programme called Tapestry.  Tapestry enables us to post observations of what your child is doing at nursery in real time and also enables parents and your child’s other loved ones to comment on these observations as well as to upload photos and videos from home.

Children move through to the Pips the term after they are three. The transition period is very well planned and will include several visits with their key person. Parents are also involved at this important time.

Parents are able to order a selection of Mulberry Corner uniform tops for their children to wear whilst at nursery. The uniform is completely optional but we have found that many parents like to send their children to nursery in uniform as it is great preparation for school and it prevents their home clothes from getting covered in paint etc! Please click on this link for further information.