The Mulberry Bush has been registered for over 30 years privately owned by Monica Wells and managed by Cheryl Ryder. Children attend from Huddersfield and surrounding areas.
Staff and children enjoy the experience of our Forrest School wooded area and love experimenting with wonderful natural resources from the kitchen to the willow walk.
Every Mulberry Bush Child Matters
- We provide an exciting and stimulating environment where children learn to work and play in a caring and safe setting.
- We make sure that the time your child spends with us will be a safe, happy and positive experience.
- Every child at The Mulberry Bush is always loved and valued.
- We help children to grow in confidence, acquire basic skills and to respect the feelings of their friends.
- We believe in hands-on experimental learning.
- We consider every child to be a unique individual and operate a holistic approach.
- Our main aim is to have fun!
“I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do, I understand”
Monica Wells, DPP in Early Years & NVQIII Assessors (Owner)
Cheryl Ryder, Pre-School Manager
Mary Cooper, SENCO Officer
Carmen Mallia, Deputy Manager
Adam Waterman, Sessional Pre-School Practitioner
Jenny Connolly, Pre-School Practitioner
Sharlene Needham, Pre-School Practitioner
We follow the play based Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) from birth to five years. This gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. The children play and learn in a fun environment with adults who understand and care about them, ensuring that each individual child is learning through high quality play that is tailored towards their individual needs.
Our childcare practitioners provide a rich, varied and imaginative environment for every child. Activities are planned by assessing and monitoring your child’s development through observations and tracking using ‘Tapestry’.
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Communication and language
We provide a language rich environment where children can develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Children are encouraged to be active and develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children will be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, social and emotional development
We help children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
We encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children have access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest and we use “Jolly Phonics” to support their learning.
Children have opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers; calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the world
Children are encouraged to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design
There are opportunities to explore and play with a range of media and materials, as well as opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities, in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
All of our policies can be read and downloaded by clicking on the links below:
- Achieving Positive Behaviour Policy
- Administering Medicines Policy
- Admissions Policy
- Allegations against a member of staff or volunteer
- Animals in the Setting Policy
- Children’s Records Policy
- Collection of Children
- Confidentiality and Client Access to Records
- Disciplinary Action
- Employment Policy
- Fire Safety and Emergency Evacuation
- First Aid Policy
- Food and Drink Policy
- Food Hygiene Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Induction of Staff Volunteers and Managers Policy
- Information Sharing
- Looked After Children
- Maintaining Childrens Safety and Security on Premises
- Making a Complaint Policy
- Managing Children who are Sick, Infectious or with Allergies Policy
- Missing Child Policy
- Nappy Changing Policy
- No Smoking Policy
- Parental Involvement Policy
- Providers Records
- 4Recording and Reporting of Accidents and Incidents
- Risk Assessment Policy
- Safeguarding Policy
- Staffing, Employment and Safe Recruitment Policy
- Student Placements Policy
- Supervision of Children on Outings and Visits
- Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs Policy
- The Role of the Key Person and Settling In Policy
- Transition Policy
- Uncollected Child Policy
- Use of Mobile Phones and Cameras Policy
- Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality Policy
- Working in Partnership with Other Agencies