Mulberry Bear Nursery Staff

Claire Lademan Nursery Manager – BA in Childhood Studies; Early Years Professional Status and NNEB

I have worked in the childcare sector from 1989 joining Mulberry Bear in 2009. This is a fascinating career no two days are alike. It is an unmeasurable pleasure and privilege being welcomed to care for someone else’s precious child. Seeing children flourish, become independent, strong and curious to learn is the most satisfying outcome you could wish for.  We’re keen watchers of sport in our family and spend many weekends watching Moto GP and/or rugby union both live and on TV! I have been fortunate to visit South Africa (SA) a few times and never tire of Cape Town so I’d probably place SA top of my list.  


Sharon Rigby  Deputy Nursery Manager – NNEB

I have worked at Mulberry for nearly 40 years now. I knew at an early age I wanted to work in childcare. It is a rewarding work. It is a pleasure to see children grow and develop from a baby through to a school age child. It makes my day to know I help shape their development and lifelong skills for the future.

I enjoy music and spending time with family. I am a regular Charity Shop shopper always on the hunt for a bargain for nursery. I love Poole in Dorset and visit often.

Katharine Seaton Office Manager – Hospitality Management Degree

I have worked at the nursery for 6 years. My two children attended the nursery and once at school, I began working here.

My favourite pastime is spending time with my family. My favourite place to visit is the Seaside.

Sarah Ashworth Top End Room Lead – Qualifications – NVQ level 3 qualification in Childcare practice

I have worked at Mulberry Bear over 28 years. I work in childcare because I love to see and help children develop. Giving them experiences, support and love to help them grow into independent little people. 

My favourite past time is spending time with friends and family. My favourite places to visit are Egypt and Stratford upon Avon.

Suzanne Kilborn – Temporary Toddler Room Lead – NNEB.

I have worked at Mulberry Bear for 7 years. I came into childcare naturally after starting at 10 years old looking after family friends’ babies and young children in Zimbabwe where I lived with my family.

I have a busy family life, 3 children of my own. I enjoy reading and puzzles. My favourite places to visit – when I was younger, Lake Kariba – Zimbabwe and here in GB the beautiful coastlines.  

Courtney Snook Toddler Room Lead (Mat Leave) – NVQ level 3 in childcare

I have worked at Mulberry Bear for 3 years. I chose to work in childcare as it is a rewarding career, you see children develop from babies through to school age. Watching children grow and learn new skills; building lovely relationships with the children and their parents is all very rewarding.

I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. My favourite place to visit is Harry Potter World – I’m a huge fan!

Emily Stojsavljevic Baby Room Lead – NVQ level 3 qualified practitioner.

I have been working at Mulberry Bear for 4 years. I am passionate about caring for, developing and encouraging the young children to reach their full potential. Seeing the happiness and strength on the children’s faces brings such joy and a great fulfilling feeling to my life. 

My favourite past time is spending the weekend with my family. My favourite place to visit is down by the seaside as it always has happy memories.