Entry Procedure

Entry to Mulberry House Nursery is through a waiting list. Parents often register their child at birth (some even before birth!) but many place their child’s name on the waiting list at least a year or two before they are three.

Children must have had their third birthday before they can join the Nursery.

Most Nursery children attend full time Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. There are a few part time places available - these are mornings only or three days a week.

In addition pupils may be dropped off into the Early Morning Care and will be taken to the Nursery at 8.25 am. They may attend After School Care (ASC) until 6.00 pm (this has an additional cost).

We encourage parents to visit Mulberry House Nursery to see the many different aspects of Nursery life. We also hold regular Toddler sessions where children have an opportunity to experience being with other children who will join the Nursery the following September.

Welcoming children from the age of 3 years

Mulberry House Nursery is adjacent to WGHS Junior School and admits girls and boys from the age of 3. The Nursery forms the first part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The term “Early Years Foundation Stage” relates to the Mulberry House Nursery and the Reception classes at both WGHS Junior School and QEGS Junior School.

Children registered in the Nursery and Reception are eligible for the Nursery Education Funding Scheme from after a child’s third birthday until the end of the term in which they reach five.

Preparing for Nursery

As well as attending the Toddler group children who are registered to enter the Nursery are invited to visit one afternoon during the summer term. This is in the form of a “welcome” afternoon for both Parents and children to visit the Nursery. There is also a ‘New to School’ Parents’ Evening during the Summer Term. Parents are provided with a “Welcome” booklet which answers lots of commonly asked questions about starting Nursery.

Parents are invited to visit the Nursery within the first few weeks of the Autumn Term, to meet Nursery staff, hear about the Nursery Curriculum and socialise with other parents and the staff at the school.