Our Senior Team

Emma McCarthy Proprietor

I have a BEd and has worked within education since 1988—initially as a primary school teacher in several East London schools and then becoming Head teacher in a large inner city primary school.

I am a qualified Early Years Professional. I have held many roles and responsibilities including safeguarding and special educational needs.

I now works across all three nurseries developing our vision and ethos, supporting the managers in their roles and focussing on achieving the very best outcomes for all the children.

When not working in the nurseries I enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with my family and many pets.


Andrew McCarthy Proprietor

After 20-odd years working in IT in the City of London I was ready for a fresh challenge! 

Once Emma and I had decided to own & manage a children’s nursery I immediately signed up for a Level III Childcare course on which I became a curiosity to the other students being the only middle-aged man!  I have not looked back – Early Years is interesting, fun, challenging and very rewarding. 

My role across our nurseries is to run the business side of things and to look after building maintenance and health and safety.

When not working I enjoy trips to Stamford Bridge and walking my 2 Finnish Lapphunds in the glorious North Somerset countryside.


Denise Smith Manager, Nailsea

I have worked in childcare for 20 years. I started as a parent-helper in a local pre-school where my two boys went.  I then gained my level 3. I started working for Golden Valley in 2007 then went on to do my level 4.

I have now gained level 5 in leadership and Management and worked her way up from a practitioner to Deputy and now Manager.

In my spare time I like walking my dog Sadie and reading


Sam Goodman Admin Manager

I have 10 year’s experience working within Early Years and have worked within the Golden Valley Group since 2015.

I decided to extend my experience and now oversee all administrative duties, this includes accounts, funding and invoicing queries. I work across the group.

I have a level 3 in childcare and a BA Honours degree in Early Years Education.

In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, friends and taking my English Springer spaniel on country walks.


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