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                 Mother Goose Corner nursery


We are a family owned and run Nursery located in central Huntingdon, found adjacent to the One Leisure swimming pool. Originally founded in 1998, for our first 14 years of opening we were based in a large, detached Victorian property close to the ring road. However, just like the Hungry Caterpillar grew and grew, we too found ourselves needing more space (!) and in August 2011 moved to our current beautiful home on Spring Common.

Here at Nursery we are very proud to practice a wholly child-led approach, and everything we do is carefully planned with each of our little one's likes, passions and needs in the forefront of our minds. We are aware that each day with your little one is a day we are present to support their special journey - not the other way around - and believe that we as practitioners are fortunate to be involved with each child's bespoke and unique learning and development path.

Please see below to get to know a little better our key team members at Nursery. In addition to these six faces, we also have a further 18 bright, sparkling characters - from our Qualified Level 3 staff to our full-time, in-house Chefs - each who are integral cogs in the inner-working of the care we provide here at Mother Goose Corner.

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Valerie Taylor, Nursery Proprietor & Manager

From first founding Mother Goose Corner 14 years ago in the spring of 1998, Valerie has seen the Nursery grow from strength to strength throughout the years and remains very passionate about her role in the Nursery. She places an emphasis on supporting all staff members with their on-going training, and is enormously proud of each and every one of our 'home-grown girls'. Qualified herself with NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development, Valerie has 14 years' experience at the helm of the Goose empire as well as 12 years’ experience as a nurse in oral surgery. Valerie was the most excited of all about our new nest, as from French classes and Cookery Club to swimming sessions and Leo's Fun Zone, we are now able to offer the children in our care more than ever before. Valerie is a proud mother of four, as well as a hands-on carer to her 86-year-old mother.
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Beverley Taylor-Carson, Operations & HR Manager

Having worked at the Nursery intermittently over the first 13 years of its life, Beverley - the younger of Valerie’s two daughters - joined the Nursery in a full-time capacity just prior to our move in 2011. In the two years before this, she was working for a London-based FTSE 100 company where she was responsible for creating and delivering training that was received by 3,500 associates globally. Now with Mother Goose Corner, she assists Valerie in overseeing the smooth day-to-day running of the setting and uses her foreign language skills to teach French to the eldest children in our Pre-School. Beverley holds a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare, Learning and Education, a BA Honours degree in French and Spanish from the University of Leeds, and has completed a New York-based post-graduate diploma in International Business with the University of Cambridge. Most recently in 2016 Beverley completed a Level 7 CIPD qualification and Masters Degree in Human Resource Management with the University of Anglia Ruskin, and uses these to ensure each of our team members are in the best possible places to bring their hearts and souls to their roles.
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Roy Allen, Nursery Health & Safety Manager

Roy, affectionately referred to as ‘Father Goose’, is Valerie’s other half and we are very proud to have him at the Nursery as our very own, on-site Health and Safety officer. Roy has over 16 years’ experience in Health & Safety specifically, and a further 30 years’ experience in industry. His responsibilities include making sure that the Nursery is as safe as possible for children, parents, carers and staff alike, as well as his once annual trip to Mother Goose Corner as Old Saint Nick (but shhh! Don’t tell the children!). Roy is a keen gardener and leads the horticultural element of outdoor play in our curriculum.
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Melissa Edwards, Senior Nursery Nurse

Having joined the Nursery in 2007 and been with us for many years, Melissa is our longest-serving member of staff. Both our Senior Nursery Nurse and our Head of Pastoral Care for the staff body, Melissa is a wonderfully calm and supportive senior practitioner. Based in the Baby Suite, Melissa holds the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education. On top of her core qualification, Melissa also holds certificates in Talking & Playing with Babies, Understanding Autism and Speech & Language Development.
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Tom Richardson
Tweenie Room Leader

Tom is our Tweenie Room Leader, and with a beautifully curriculum-orientated mind-set he leads a team of six in supporting our middle age group during their all-important 'Terrific Twos' stage. Tom joined us on the team in 2017 shortly after finishing his CACHE Level 3 qualfication in Early Years, and since then has gone on to also complete his Levels 4 and 5. He is currently studying for his full bachelors degree in Early Years, and combines academic studies with his hands-on, practical knowledge of our little ones to provide the very best for each of the children in his care.
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Nicola Peace
Pre-School Room Leader

Nicola is our Pre-School Room Leader here at Mother Goose Corner, and holds the Level 2 and 3 CACHE qualifications in Childcare, Learning and Education. She brings a wealth of energy and enthusiasm to the Pre-School curriculum, and due to her hard work and diligence was promoted to Room Leader in her third year of being at the setting after first joining us back in 2011. Nicola is passionate and organised, and works closely with her equally dedicated team in preparing our eldest age group for their next big step: primary school.
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