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Bitterne Park Staff


Committed to providing the very best!

At the Mulberry Bush we celebrate each and every child as an individual. We work with the key person programme to enable every child to forge a strong, trusting bond with their primary carer in the nursery, as well as good, positive relationships with the rest of the team. Your child’s key person will be responsible for ensuring that they receive tailor-made care, designed to help them develop in ways that interest them and at their own pace. Your key person is also responsible for sharing your child’s day with you when you come to collect them; what they have enjoyed and achieved.


Joining our team

At the Mulberry Bush we are always interested in recruiting passionate and committed individuals to our nurseries. A happy and enthusiastic team dedicated to enabling children to achieve their very best is the most valuable resource we can offer any child. If you would like to discuss joining us then please get in contact by telephone or email or complete an ‘online application form’. Please see the links below for job descriptions of the roles we are currently recruiting for.
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Nursery Nurse - Job description 

The Mulberry Bush, are looking for enthusiastic caring practitioners across all age groups.

For further information please click on 'job description' above.




Part time practitioner - Job description

We are currently looking for nursery practitioners to join our team in a part time role.

For more information please click on 'job description' above.

Dedicated to supporting the unique child

“The Mulberry Bush is a family run business combining intimacy and personal atmosphere and attitude with the investment and infrastructure of a much larger organisation.
At the Mulberry Bush we believe passionately that each child is unique and full of potential and our role is to enable them to full fill this. We do so by providing safe, caring, engaging and challenging environments for our children to learn and develop in. Guided by our highly trained and committed team, each child's experiences are tailored to their own, individual needs. This individual care goes beyond the day to day nursery experience and we can play an important part in supporting parents and families.

Helping our children to grow and develop is a great and wonderful responsibility and we are proud to say that when we send our children on to school they are confident and happy in the learning environment, well prepared and eager for their next stage in life.”



Kirsty Black

Setting Manager

Kirsty joined The Mulberry Bush team in 2019, having previously managed an OFSTED rated Outstanding setting. She has been working in childcare for over 16 years and holds a BA Honours Degree in Childhood Studies. Kirsty began her journey in a small community preschool, where she quickly developed a passion for working with children with Special Educational Needs. This further inspired her to continue her education and look at how to provide an inclusive environment for all children.

"I am very privileged to be able to do the job I do. To have such a big impact on the growth and development of our young children and the role we play in getting them ready for the next chapter in their life; it’s inspiring.


Chloe Jones

Deputy Setting Manager Bitterne Park

Chloe joined the Mulberry Bush with 8 years of early years experience. Starting at 18yrs old as a modern apprentice and gaining her Level 3 qualification. Originally taking the role of Raspberries (2-3yr olds) Room Leader, Chloe quickly gained promotion becoming Deputy Manager. She is excited about the opportunities that the state of the art building and outdoor play area offer to both children and practitioners.

"I really enjoy activities that encourage imaginative play of all kinds. I enjoy being a part of the children’s imagination and expanding and elaborating on their play ideas.  Children have the most creative ideas during play."


Holly Smith

Associate Director - Locks Heath and Bitterne Park

A qualified teacher with an advanced specialism in early years I have spent the last 9 years working with children aged 9 months to 6 years old. During this time I have been a teacher in a local outstanding ofsted rated school as well as a room leader, deputy and a manager of preschools in and around the Southampton area.  In my previous roles I was asked to make positive changes and developments to struggling settings. My main passion is about ensuring high quality childcare and education and I hope that my knowledge and expertise will enable me to continue to drive the Mulberry Bush’s passion and enthusiasm for outstanding childcare forward.


Sinead Bradshaw

Nursery Cook

Sinead originally started working with children as an early years practitioner, gaining her level 3 qualification and progressing on to become a room leader. During this time her interest in food and nutrition and cooking as an educational experience grew and when she started covering for the nursery cook her passion really took hold. After 6 years as a practitioner Sinead became nursery cook and has never looked back. However  her knowledge as a practitioner is invaluable as it enables her to help with the team and make cooking at nursery a highly educational experience.

"Promoting healthy eating and cooking is at the heart of the Mulberry Bush ethos. This is one of the principle reasons that I was keen to join the company as it is entirely in line with my beliefs. I feel that we have a unique opportunity caring for such young children to establish excellent habits with regards food and lifestyle that can help set the foundations for their future health and wellbeing."






Sophie Kirk

Elderberries Room Leader

Sophie began working in childcare in 2013 where she gained her Level 3. Upon joining The Mulberry Bush Sophie started in the Pre-school room and it wasn't long until the opportunity arose for Room Leader.

"I have always loved working with children as every day is different and it is so rewarding watching them grow and develop their little personalities."


Leah Bailey

Operations Manager

Leah holds her Level 3 NVQ qualification in Children's Care, Learning and Development and has 10 years experience in the sector. Leah came to the Mulberry Bush in 2015 as Deputy Manager of the setting. She quickly established herself as a central member of the team. Leah then took over the role of Operations Manager looking after the HR and invoicing for the nursery as well as other 'behind the scenes' elements of the business.

"The Mulberry Bush is a very special place to work. It is so exciting to be part of the excellent team who are helping to develop the nurseries. I am really enjoying the opportunities that I have to develop both personally and professionally at the Mulberry Bush."