With over 15 years experience, our dedicated early years childcare recruitment team is experienced and passionate about finding solutions for your needs; whether you are a nursery looking for staff or a candidate looking for work.

A fresh approach to early years childcare recruitment

We work in a very unique way, being reachable out of office hours. Whether you are a candidate looking for a job or a nursery looking for staff, we are just a call away. We work as the business dictates so we will do our best to contact candidates and nurseries whenever it is convenient for them. We are a small team but we think big, and offer a truly fresh approach to early years childcare recruitment!!

Our core values


We will always try and do the right thing. We believe in a culture that encourages an open and transparent relationship with our candidates and clients.


We believe in being truthful and reliable. We will always do what we say we will do by fulfilling our commitments to our candidates and clients.


We are determined to be the best at what we do and thrive on the positive experiences of our candidates and clients.

The Purple Dove Team

Our consultants are passionate about meeting and exceeding your expectations.
We’ve been working in the early years childcare sector for over a decade and have sound knowledge of the industry. We are always available. Whether you need something temporary or permanent, you can call on us and we will do our best to help you.

We cover Greater London and the UK, with dedicated early years childcare recruitment consultants.

Shama Jaswal - Director Purple Dove Recruitment

Shama Jaswal

Director – Permanent staffing Greater London, Home Counties and UK

Shama is the director of Purple Dove, having worked in childcare recruitment since 2009. She has grown Purple Dove into a niche company, working closely with clients and candidates. Shama enjoys cooking and travelling. In her spare time, Shama keeps fit and spends time socialising with friends and family.

Sarah Holley - Childcare Recruitment Consultant

Sarah Holley

Early Years Consultant, Home Counties and UK

Sarah has worked in the early years sector for over 20 years. She is in no doubt that children’s early learning stays with them a lifetime. She looks forward to working closely with clients and candidates, taking the time to get to know and understand clients’ particular recruitment needs and candidates’ particular skills and ambitions. This way she can match the right client with the right candidate. Outside work Sarah can often be found with her feet in a pair of ski boots or her head in a recipe book, although thankfully rarely at the same time!

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Marcella Chambers

Marcella Chambers

Regional Consultant

Marcella comes from a background in fashion where she has proven her experience overseeing all phases of fashion design and development from concept to launch. This has set her in good stead to be able to communicate effectively with clients and potential candidates. Quickly being able to evaluate the best tactical approach so that the most suitable candidates are put forward for the right roles by identifying the key skills and experience required for the relevant positions.

Marcella loves to travel and has been fortunate to have travelled far and wide – always somewhere new to venture, food to experience and people to meet.

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