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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.”



Lauren Wilde

Setting Manager

I have worked in previous Early Years settings over the years, focusing on children aged 0-5 years old. I have carried out many different roles, starting as a nursery nurse at aged 18 and progressing into Lead Practitioner and Deputy Manager roles alongside completing university degrees to enhance my knowledge, gaining my final qualification of an Early Years Teachers Status. I started my journey at The Mulberry Bush in September 2020 and am thoroughly enjoying it so far – the ethos is great and takes a very holistic focus on the child, their family and their individuality. I am extremely passionate about what I do and enjoy supporting and training staff to enhance their practice and learning environments to offer the very best quality care to the children and also provide many opportunities and challenges throughout their play to extend their thinking and learning.



Holly Smith

Company Director, Director of Early Years for the Mulberry Bush Nurseries

Holly completed her PGCE in Primary Education with an Early Years Specialism in 2008 and spent the following 13 years gaining experience and knowledge within the Early Years Sector. Having worked as a teacher in an outstanding school Holly felt her passion was to dedicate her career to working with those following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Having been with The Mulberry Bush for four years, she has been crucial in implementing best practice that has seen the business go from strength to strength. Having previous experience of managing a preschool Holly was able to work as manager of both the Locks Heath setting and then Bitterne Park, during the instrumental early months where she instilled and implemented The Mulberry Bush ethos. When the third setting, Waterlooville, was purchased Holly, having been promoted to Director, was in a strong position to be able to assist in the refurbishment of the site, implementation of best practice and hiring and training the staff.

As Director, on a day to day basis, Holly has sole responsibility to ensure that all three nurseries maintain the high quality standard the Mulberry Bush prides itself. Part of this is also ensuring that, at all times, we are Ofsted compliant. Holly is also responsible for driving the quality of the product forward and also ensuring that the organisation is at the fore-front of the latest thinking and ideas withing the sector. From designing and resourcing enabling and exciting environments for children to thrive in, to hiring and mentoring passionate staff and creating and delivering inspirational training sessions, Holly takes pride in the fact that she fully immerses herself in all aspects of the company.  In addition, she oversees and mentors the management teams thereby ensuring that she drives forth developments for each setting, working alongside outside agencies to help enable the company to continue to grow whilst retaining its highly acclaimed reputation.


Grace Nye

Deputy Manager

I have been working in nurseries for the past 7 years, providing high quality, stimulating care for children aged 3 months – 5 years. I fell in love with the industry while completing my Level 3 BTEC Diploma and am currently studying my Foundation Degree in Early Years Education, Learning & Development, with the aim to enrol onto my BA Honours in September. I have worked my way up within the industry, starting as a nursery practitioner and moving on to be a deputy room leader, room leader and senior practitioner. I started my journey at The Mulberry Bush in 2018, and have loved progressing within my career with the support from those around me. I have a passion for making a difference and love having the ability to mould little minds to be the best unique individuals they can be. I am enthusiastic towards supporting others with their own professional careers, and thrive from guiding staff with extending their practice to offer exciting opportunities and learning experiences to the children they care for. It is important to me that families feel included within the setting and their child’s learning, and I pride myself on the relationships I have developed with all of the families I have previously worked alongside.





Lisa-Marie Turner

Nursery Chef

"I have been a chef for 10 years having received a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Catering at College. Since then, I have furthered my knowledge by completing various courses including Food Nutrition, Level 3 Food Hygiene and Food Safety for Supervisors. This is my first job in a Nursery setting, and I look forward to working with the children and teaching them about healthy eating as well as cooking them tasty, nutritious meals."






Chloe Jones

Early Years Support Coordinator

The Mulberry Bush is a fantastic environment for both staff and children, it offers many opportunities for children to expand on their knowledge and development and it is a privilege to be a part this and to watch them grow. For the staff there are always opportunities to develop their personal skills in a supportive environment.


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."