Welcome to The Mulberry Preschool!
We are a team of local Early Years Educators, with a passion for getting children involved with nature and the environment, connected with a balance of Early Years curriculum. We will be following the seasons, the natural calendar of nature and world natural science events.
Children can lead with ideas of their own – always the best.
Creating, imagining and grow in confidence, and self-esteem – itself a wonder to behold.
I hope you will find the website useful, but for a full picture please come and see for yourself. We look forward to meeting you.
Claire Smallwood, Founder
Creating spaces that reconnect children with nature is designing for their future, benefiting their developmental needs
When children play in natural environments their play is more diverse, with imaginative and creative play that fosters language and collaborative skills
Term dates and hours…
Registered bookings are taken on a first come first serve basis and secured by a £35 deposit.
We take children from 2.5 – 5 years old.
- Government funded places are available and offered at 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year.
Visit before registration
We advise that you pay us a visit prior to registering your child with us, so that we can give you a better introduction to the setting and answer your questions. Please telephone or email Claire to book a visit, call 0207 122 0480, or send an email here
– We look forward to meeting you.
Monday 8.30 – 12.30
Tuesday – Thursday 8.30 – 3.30
Friday 8.30 – 12.30
We hold Summer and Winter Holiday Clubs during the school holidays. These are available for children age 3 – 7 years and follow the ethos of the preschool.
– What We Do
in a beautiful park
We are smack bang in the city, in the oasis of a beautiful park. We are not in the forest, we are in the amazing city of London, so we have Urban Nature School, where we can discover nature still thriving around us – our basis for life.
inside or outside
Inside, outside and into the wilder spaces beyond the boundary fence, Mulberry Outdoors is about playing and learning, giving the children opportunities to develop confidence and self esteem through hands on learning experiences.
The weather, what about it?– We embrace the seasons and let the children feel, experience and grow with them, so whatever the weather we still go out, its just clothing that is wrong – not the weather!
we read books
A high percentage of our time each day will be outside, creatively taking their learning into a different environment. We read books… down by the pond or on a log under a tree, we create letter shapes with … well the children decide that, but they also have time inside too, free flowing time to explore and structured time for more focused practice.
… AND BEYOND THE PARK
We are connecting with a Forest School in British Colombia, Canada. Comparing nature in the city to that of the big outdoors. The children will exchange their experiences through art, writing … and technology.
Tennis & French
Tennis – Wednesday MorningsThroughout the year all of the children take part in cur weekly tennis lesson with our coach Austin. This session is proving excellent at getting children aware of a sporting activity. Physical activities such as these at this age are vital for developing children’s gross motor skills, stamina, strength, hand-eye coordination along with taking turns and playing games with their peers. We play throughout the year in the parks all weather courts, if the weather is too wet then we play ball games under cover in the garden setting. The activity involves games using rackets and tennis balls, court line memory games, balancing balls on rackets, chase the dog along with early tennis skills. It is so exciting to see a child under 3 returning a tennis ball, whilst getting lots of fresh air.
French – Tuesday MorningsOn Tuesday mornings the children all take part in a French lesson, an adult led activity with our French teacher Jane. The activity is always popular with the children and whilst they play French games, learn songs and vocabulary they are also developing their listening and spoken word skills. The games involve speaking out and taking turns in the group activity, building confidence for future activities in Primary School.
Come and join us in the park!