The Mulberry Bush Montessori Nursery is situated on the picturesque Island of West Mersea in Colchester, Essex (find us). We offer outstanding, high quality care and education for children from 2.5 years to 5 years.

We are very proud to have been consistently graded as outstanding by Ofsted.  Ofsted graded us as ‘Outstanding Across all Areas’ in 2020. See our most recent report at:


(Latest report 03/03/2020 to be updated on the OFSTED website) (Ofsted Registration No: EY479688)



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Deploying a modern interpretation based on sound Montessori philosophy and principles, we deliver child-centric, hands on learning experience through a combination of classic and modern equipment and a varied curriculum which includes (but is not limited to): Structured and imaginative play experiences, outside play and exploration of the natural environment, creative and expressive art/drama/music that provide positive learning experiences supported by highly qualified, trained and experienced staff with high adult to child ratios that promote children’s holistic development and learning.

The Mulberry Bush creates a warm and welcoming environment for all children, embodying inclusive practices. With extremely low staff turnover, we’re able to deliver a continuity of care with staff who are both academically qualified, but also offer a wealth of experience in practical educational care.

If you would like to arrange a visit or you would like information about availability of places, the curriculum, additional services and/or fees, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Phone Cheryl Knight (Nursery Principal) on 01206 383898

or email