Monday, 20 October 2008

About Dr. Margy Whalley

Childcare Lifetime Achievement Award 2005:
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Whalley received the Childcare Lifetime Achievement Award, in honour of her outstanding contribution to the Childcare Development, over the past 35 years. Currently Margy is Director of Research, Training and Development at Pen Green Children’s Centre in Corby. The Pen Green Children’s Centre is based in Corby and houses under fives and their families, community education, research and development and a training base and leadership centre. It was one of the first Early Excellence Centres identified by the government in 1997. Margy has managed multi-disciplinary Early Years services in not only England but Brazil and Papua New Guinea. Anne Longfield, Chief Executive of 4Children said: “Margy Whalley is a pioneer, a leader, a published author, well respected in local as well as central Government and someone who has an incredible CV. She is also highly regarded by the children, family and colleagues she works with and we know from talking with them that Margy is a truly caring, dedicated and inspirational individual. I wish to say Congratulations Margy and thank you.” Margy has written Open University course materials for parents wanting to increase their knowledge and understanding of child development. She was invited to be part of the Labour Party enquiry team into Under 5s education and care and was the Association of County Council’s representative on the National Audit Commission concerned with children under 5. Most recently Margy has been involved in the Early Excellence Centre programme and is on the board of the National Early Excellence Centre programme. Margy is now evaluating the Corby Sure Start programme which is a Government initiative focusing on parents with children under four years.

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