Dr Margy Whalley

Dr Margy Whalley is Director of Research, Development and Training at Pen Green Research Base in Corby, UK. She is an early years’ educator, having operationally led multi-disciplinary, multi-functional early year’s services in the UK, Brazil and Papua New Guinea. She was a founder head of Pen Green Children’s Centre and has worked there since 1983. As a fully integrated service for children and families, Pen Green became the prototype for the UK Government’s Early Excellence, Sure Start and Children Centre Programmes. She is committed to engaging in practitioner research and established the Research Base at Pen Green 13 years ago. It is currently the only Early Years Research Base in the UK that has grown out of practitioner’s researching their own practice. At the Research Base she has led the development of a comprehensive programme of initial and post qualifying training to become the “University of the Workplace” in Corby, working in collaboration with the University of Leicester, the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Middlesex. She led the national project for designing, writing and developing the UK National Qualification in Leadership – the NPQICL (The National Professional Qualification Integrated Centre Leadership). As a research base Pen Green continues to influence policy and development at a national, regional and local level. In 2008, Margy received the Childcare Lifetime Achievement Award, in honour of her outstanding contribution to the Childcare Development, over the past 35 years.

Margy was elected as an EECERA Trustee in 2006 and re-elected for a fourth term in 2015.

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