Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School

Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School, is located in the Open University Campus in Milton Keynes.

Staff at the setting are committed to providing high quality childcare and education for all its children through play in an enriched environment.

Children as young as three months to school age are cared for.

Each group has its own designated areas for play, sleeping, eating and quiet activities. In addition to indoor play space, the nursery has two beautiful spacious gardens as well as the local environment around the university's campus.

The nursery's friendly staff have relevant childcare qualifications and are experienced in delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage encouraging the children to become happy, confident individuals.

Owner: Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School

Person in charge: Claire Lademan (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Milton Keynes Council

Number of Staff: 16

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Voluntary / Not for Profit Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Registered Charity Number: 278304

Total Places for Children: 54

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Christmas & 4 extra days

Fees Guide: Under 2's £969 pm; 2 years £924 pm; 3+ £997 pm before funding applied

Directions:

The nursery is situated at North Parking on the Open University campus in Milton Keynes. They can be accessed from Groveway and Brickhill Street (V10)

Visiting:

Visiting is by pre-arranged appointment

Parking:

There are dedicated parking bays for dropping off and collecting children at the nursery.

Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

9.8 Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.813)

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.8 out of 5 from 12 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 12 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.813 for Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School is calculated as follows: ( (117 Excellents x 5) + (27 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 144 Ratings = 4.813

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School is based on 12 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 10.8 positive Reviews (54 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 12 Reviews ÷ 10.8 Target Reached = 1

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    11
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    12
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
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Reviewer Connection to Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School

  • Mother of Child
    10
  • Father of Child
    2

My son has been going since he was six months old. He has been there fifteen months now and is very happy and developing well. The staff are friendly and helpful.
There are lots of structured activities and plenty of play time, both inside and outside in the garden areas. The nursery seems well managed and organised.

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter started at this nursery at 9 months, she's now over 2 years old and since then she has always enjoyed going there every day. They welcome parents to come and visit/play with your child at any time, and the staff are lovely.

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My first child (who is now 13) attended Mulberry Bear and she was very happy there. I had no hesitation in sending my second child (who is 2) to Mulberry Bear and it was nice that some of the staff still worked at the nursery. My youngest settled in very quickly and loves going to nursery. The staff are excellent and very supportive.

The children get involved in a wide range of activities, both indoor and outdoor. My child particularly enjoys the weekly music sessions.
Whenever I go to the nursery there is always a happy atmosphere and the children are well looked after.

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

An excellent pre-school.My daughter loves attending and comes home excited about the activities they have done during the day. The staff are all caring and attentive. The food offered is varied and tasty whilst still being healthy. Our son is already on the waiting list. Would certainly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter started here when she was 11 months old and has been warmly embraced by the staff. They have been very kind and caring towards her as she has found the transition from being at home with me full time to be a little daunting. I have been invited to sit in with them and watched them interact with her and the other children and couldn't fault them.

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My first son went to this nursery when we moved to Milton Keynes and was very happy here. I had no hesitation in sending my second son to this nursery. This is by far the best nursery I have come across in Milton Keynes and the staff are welcoming and attentive. The play area outside is large and there is lots of equipment for children to use. I am extremely pleased that the opening hours are extending and music go round sessions will be included in the cost of fees – this is more than reasonable and the nursery is clearly going from strength to strength with the support of parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We love Mulberry Bear! I moved my son from another nursery to Mulberry Bear and it's the best move I ever made. He has excelled here and is so very happy. The staff genuinely care and love the children and put them first every time. They are very experienced and are actively involved in every aspect of learning and play and engage with every child. I don't work for the Open University and thought this nursery was only for Open University staff, this is not the case, the nursery is available to anyone.

The outside play area is fantastic and there are different activities daily. In the summer they get the paddling pool out and play with the hose.
They organize lots of fun activities for the parents and the children, from music sessions, open day sessions where you can play with your children, picnics, through to Christmas events; including a concert and child's entertainer.

I am genuinely sad that my son has to leave to start school this year.

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I can highly recommend this outstanding nursery that cares for my two children on a full-time basis. My eldest child has been attending Mulberry Bear for three years now.

It is a wonderful, small nursery and all of the staff know and care about the children. The variety of activities on offer each day changes and my children are always excited to see what will be on the activity tables in the morning.
The children have weekly music-go-round lessons and occasionally parents are invited to these. My older daughter has weekly Spanish lessons and can now say several phrases in Spanish at the age of 3. The nursery also runs "stay and play" craft sessions for parents. I really love the way they involve parents in this way.

The food menu at the nursery was recently revamped and parents were invited to a tasting - all of the meals were very appetizing and tasted delicious. The staff at the nursery are so warm and friendly and it really comes across how much they genuinely care.

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

A wonderful nursery with wonderful staff, we love it! All three of my children attend/have attended Mulberry Bear (starting as babies and through to starting school). If you want a nursery where your child is nurtured as an individual, encouraged to learn through informal play and just have fun I cannot recommend it highly enough.

For short periods we've used two other nurseries in other parts of the country due to temporary work moves, both with higher Ofsted ratings (ie. outstanding) and neither were a patch on Mulberry Bear. What sets them aside is the staff, who take such care and pride in the children it's a joy. A genuine 'home from home' environment, where the children are treasured.

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I'm very happy that my daughter joined this nursery as the staff are very friendly and always quite welcoming. The facilities are very good and just recently they launched a new lunch menu and I think my daughter really enjoys it.

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

Our little one really enjoys Mulberry Bear. We have always been very happy with it. What I like most is how much the staff genuinely care for the children. You can tell that they actually enjoy spending time with the kids and my little one loves the staff that work with her. The nursery are very accommodating of parents' needs and are understanding when we forget to pack the right things etc. The fees are also very reasonable. I would happily recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I couldn't recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery enough. My son currently attends the nursery, my daughter did previously and I did when I was a child! Lovely staff, lovely grounds and my son thoroughly enjoys himself when he is there. I will be sad when he leaves for school!

How likely would you be to recommend Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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