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Spotlight on......Bitterne Park Deputy Nursery Manager Chloe Jones

June 28, 2018 5:38 am

Chloe Jones joined the Mulberry Bush Bitterne Park as the Raspberries (2-3yr olds) Room Leader. She has recently been promoted to the role of Deputy Setting Manager.

How long have you worked in childcare?:
I have been working in childcare for eight years. I started at the age of eighteen as a modern apprentice and gained my level 3 NVQ .

What first attracted you to the profession?:
I always wanted to work with children from a young age, I enjoyed spending my time at home with my nieces and nephews and knew as I grew older this was the career that I wanted to follow.

What do you most enjoy about working with children?:
I enjoy watching the children’s personalities and interests grow and develop as they gain confidence within the setting and meeting different milestones. I love offering the children support and guidance when they need it and seeing them develop and grow.

You have recently joined the Mulberry Bush team, what was it that attracted you to the company?:
What first attracted me to the Mulberry Bush was seeing the plans for the setting and all the fantastic ideas and play opportunities that have been provided for the children. I was also shown around the Locks Heath setting first and noticed that the Mulberry Bush is a very warm and welcoming company. I could not wait to start.

You are working in the brand new Bitterne Park nursery. What do you think that the new setting offers the children that other nurseries may not?:
I think the Bitterne Park setting offers a standard of garden and outdoor play area that I have not seen in a nursery before, as well as an amazing building. It is a lovely and well spaced and provides so many different areas which gives great opportunities for the children to grow and develop. I also enjoy the free flow between the rooms and the garden area which gives the children lots of chances to explore the environment around them independently.

You have recently been promoted from Raspberries room leader to Deputy Manager of the nursery. What are you looking forward to about this role?:
I am excited to start my position as Deputy Manager. I look forward to working alongside the management team and parents to provide the best care and learning opportunities for the children. I am keen to support room leaders to develop their rooms and activities on offer.

Are there any specific areas that you would like to focus on in your new role?: In my new role I would like to focus on developing our vegetable garden. Providing resources and activities to plant vegetables with the children and be able to discuss the growing process and give the children good knowledge of where our foods come from.

For you what is the most important aspect of the children’s experience of nursery?: I believe that the bonds that we create with children are the most important  aspect of their experience at nursery. Providing close relationships with the children ensures that they are able to thrive within the setting which helps their development as they feel safe and secure. This also helps them to build their social skills and other areas of development as they progress to school.

What is your favourite activity to do with the children?: 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.

What do you think that the Mulberry Bush offers you as a practitioner?: The Mulberry Bush has already offered me amazing opportunities and resources to develop myself as practitioner to ensure I can give the best care to the children. The Mulberry Bush offers great support and encouragement to staff helping us to build on our careers.

As an individual do you have any professional ambitions that you would like to pursue?: I'm really looking forward to the challenge of my new position as Deputy Manager and using the knowledge and skills gained throughout my career to excel in my new role. I am very thankful for the opportunity and can not wait to work alongside such a great and supportive team.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?: Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also love to travel and going away on holidays. I am always planning my next adventure!

What personal ambitions would you like to full fill?: Recently I have got engaged so my personal ambitions are to plan my wedding with my partner and making a rememberable and special day for the both of us.