Following latest information and guidance, we would like to reassure you all that we remain open and follow current guidelines and procedures. Please email directly at: Mulberrybushmontessori@gmail.com if you have any questions.

It’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! Here is what we have been making and doing in preparation for the celebrations!

Getting ready for our Tea Party ❤️

Our topic for Summer term (2) is all about ‘Summer’ ☀️

Last term our topic was ‘growing and life cycles’ Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Look what arrived at nursery today! Holly’s brother has kindly donated us some pheasant eggs to incubate! They should take around 21 days, and once we have observed them hatching, Holly will return them to her brothers farm 😊

May 2022 update:

The pheasants have hatched! We have been so lucky to have the opportunity to see them hatch!

We’ve got froglets! We have now moved them outside ready for when they are big enough to leave 😊

The children have been watching the life cycle of the butterfly too! We’ve watched them grow, and we held them very gently until it was time for them to be released ❤️

Here’s some of the things we’ve been exploring so far over this half term:

Other important dates to remember this term:

  • First day of term-19th April.
  • Carol the Photographer visits-Friday 20th May.
  • Last day of term- Friday 27th May.
  • Return to Nursery- Monday 6th June.
  • Fathers day- Sunday 19th June.
  • Last day of Summer term- Friday 22nd July.


We’ve added some activities for you to download and print from home, these are continuously being added to, so keep an eye out! To do this, you must log in to your child’s Tapestry account through the browser, not the app as it doesn’t support this feature. Here’s a quick guide on how to get there:

  1. Log in to your child’s account at www.tapestryjournal.com
  2. On the first page you should see a ‘documents’ section (see picture 1) click that.
  3. You should now see a list, this is our folders which we have tried to organise as best as we can! Click which folder you would like to see; this time, our topic ‘colours and shapes’ (picture 2)
  4. Lastly, you should see a green download button which you can click and either download to your device, or print.

Happy 20 years Jo!

Happy 20 Years at The Mulberry Bush Jo!
You are simply brilliant-you are forward thinking, dedicated and amazing at what you do! Here’s to another 20 years 😊

7 years ago…..

7 years ago, Cheryl and I finally graduated with our Early Years Professional Status. It took us a while, but we studied hard (with a glass or two of wine 😉) often taking us in to the early hours of the morning. If we wasn’t studying, we were at nursery…..it felt never ending at some points (it pretty much was-it took us roughly 6 years to complete!) but……we did it! We are super proud of what we achieved, and we continue to thank everyone that supports the nursery, old and new-we always say it, but it never becomes tiresome because we really appreciate it ❤️
Cheers to a few more years (with no studying!) 😉

Welcome to The Mulberry Bush Montessori Nursery.

The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS)
Their Facebook page is continually updating, with help, advice and support for families.

https://www.facebook.com/ColchesterChildFamilyWellbeing/


A message from Carol, our nursery photographer:

Have you heard of Talk, Listen, Cuddle? TLC is an Essex campaign helping parents, carers and families give their young children the best start to life, developing their communication skills through playful learning at home. You can visit the site from here: https://www.tlc-essex.info/

We have been working hard to finish our snug area, ensuring that we create a calm, peaceful and comfortable space for our children to work within. We hope you like it!

For your information:

We can’t wait to welcome back our old friends, and meet our new ones!
Could we ask that you remember to:

🔹 Ensure that you have a drawstring bag with a spare set of clothing at all times, clearly labelled please.

🔹 Your child will need a coat, hat, gloves in the cold weather and a hat, sun cream and coat (just in case it is cold in the morning or if it rains in the summer (who are we kidding?! It nearly always rains in the summer!) wellies and a pair of slippers for indoors.

🔹 Please make sure that you bring your child’s home link book to nursery each time; this ensures effective continuity between home and nursery.

🔹 Comforters are welcomed if needed, and can be put in your child’s bag.

🔹Toys and special items must stay at home.

🔹 Please continue to regularly check your child’s Tapestry for updates, observations and seeing your child’s progress (if you need any help regarding using Tapestry, please speak to Cheryl or Leander)

🔹 You can speak to your child’s key person at anytime, however, should you wish to have a more in depth discussion, please arrange a time that is convenient.


Songs are a great way of supporting your child’s learning and development! Singing with your child develops communication and language skills, listening and attention, physical skills, mathematical development and much more!
Here are some of our favourites; we will add more soon so watch this space!

Here are some useful links to explore and discover to support your child’s learning and development:

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/?mc_cid=f09b0d1e2e&mc_eid=0f69cef1da
Resources and ideas to support home learning.

https://www.howwemontessori.com/how-we-montessori/activities/
Some lovely ideas exploring Montessori activities and materials.

https://www.essexwt.org.uk/news/WildlifeTV

https://www.home-start.org.uk/news/activities-for-families-during-self-isolation

This is a great website with links to keep your little ones busy.

https://www.ndna.org.uk/NDNA/Community/myNDNA/Activities/all.aspx

A great website with activities to support all areas of development.

https://www.familycorner.co.uk/

Part of the Early Years Alliance, this is another great website with a whole host of information to support your child.

https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

This website allows you to download a simple social story to read with your child about understanding Coronavirus.

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Another site which explores talking to your child about Coronavirus and supporting your family’s health and well-being.