All Mulberry Bear staff are trained in paediatric first aid, safeguarding and food hygiene and the childcare team are all qualified to at least NVQ level 3.

Becky Johns

Becky joined the childcare sector in 2014 following her degree (BA Hons) in Early Childhood Studies completing her Early Years Teacher Status the following year and joined Mulberry Bear as its Early Years Manager in 2021. Becky has worked for both independent and corporate nurseries, fulfilling a number of different job roles. Becky is a designated safeguarding lead and holds a CACHE level three qualification in speech, language and communication. 

Sharon Rigby

Sharon qualified in childcare in 1979 and joined the nursery the year later and she is the Deputy Manager. Sharon has worked across all the rooms in the nursery as a practitioner and a room leader. Sharon is a designated safeguarding lead and has responsibility for the day to day running of the base rooms.

Katharine Seaton

Katharine started at Mulberry Bear in 2014 and is the Office Manager. Katharine holds a degree in Hospitality Management. 

Sarah Ashworth

Sarah has worked at the nursery since 1992, the year after qualifying in a BTEC for childcare. Sarah is the Room Leader of the Top End (pre-school) and is one of our designated safeguarding leads. Sarah is also the nursery’s special educational needs and/or disabilities coordinator (SENDCO) and attends regular training to ensure her knowledge in this area is always up to date.

Courtney Snook

Courtney joined the nursery in 2017 and qualified for an NVQ level 3 in childcare in 2014. Courtney is the Toddler Room Room Leader and has also trained as the behaviour manager for the setting. Courtney has experience of working in different age groups and with children with SEND. Courtney is also a designated safeguarding lead.