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Locks Heath Staff

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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.

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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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Dedicated to supporting the unique child:

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.

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Ruby Saunders

Nursery Manager

Ruby joins the Mulberry Bush Locks Heath with a wealth of childcare experience. Having spent 7 years working in childcare within a variety of different roles Ruby has worked her way from a young apprentice to having been able to complete her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and the Children and Young People’s Workforce. Having previously been a relief manager Ruby is excited to finally have a setting of her own where she can plant her feet and watch her ideas and passion grow.

"I'm passionate about providing stimulating environments that provide children with curiosity and excitement in their play. As a Manager I always strive to keep myself and the team up to date with any new training and initiatives that come into effect within the sector. "

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Lisa Hurst

Deputy Manager

I found my passion for early years in 2012 after having such a positive experience with my son's nursery. The open ended possibilities of working with children is unlike anything I've experienced in previous roles and there is nothing greater than the satisfaction of contributing to a nurturing and secure environment for our children and families. Having been at The Mulberry Bush since its early days, I feel proud to work within such a dedicated and supportive team providing the very best opportunities for our children and am excited to see what the future holds for the setting.

 

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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.

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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."

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Vikki Wray

Elderberries (Pre School) Room leader,
Senior Nursery Nurse, SENCO and
leader of school transitions

Vikki Wray has been the room leader for the Elderberries (Pre-school) since we opened in 2013. She is also Senior Nursery Nurse supporting the Management Team and helping to bring her knowledge and experience to the whole nursery. Vikki holds her level 3 qualification in Childcare. She is an inspirational practitioner who truly changes the lives of the children in her care. Vikki and her team are constantly developing exciting activities to extend their children's learning, following the child's interests.

"Pre school is a fantastic place to work. The children are so full of interest and enthusiasm for everything that they do. It is wonderful to help them learn and develop as individuals. I am particularly proud of helping our school leavers to prepare for life beyond nursery. Many children pop back to visit and let us know how they are getting on and that is always lovely."

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Carol Brown

Chef

Carol has been chef at the Mulberry Bush since 2013. She is passionate about designing and producing interesting, varied and delicous menus that are also perfectly balanced. She shares our ethos that children will only grow to their full potential if they are well nourished in all ways, using the best ingredients and lots of love! Carol's dedication to providing the very best food and supporting the team in educating the children about good nutrition and healthy eating was rewarded when the Mulberry Bush was awarded the Nursery World Food Award 2017.

Our kitchen, at the heart of the nursery, means that all the children are able to watch Carol cooking and to pop into the kitchen to help serve meals or just to say hello. She is a well known and well loved by all the children.

"The Mulberry Bush is a very special place. I so enjoy being able to introduce the children to new foods and flavours in our menus."

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