I am so pleased to welcome you to the Senior Management Team of Emirates British Nursery. I am privileged to lead this team of highly experienced and qualified managers, who understand the learning and development needs of young children.

I have over 25 years experience of working with young children, beginning in the North East of England where I worked extensively with the Education department. Holding senior positions of responsibility, I was involved in developing and implementing successful teaching programmes for the early years.

I hold a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Sheffield University in England and I am also CQSW qualified. I believe it is important for all practitioners, including senior management that we continuously develop both academically and professionally. This ethos ensures we continually accommodate the latest EYFS methods and early childhood education methodologies.

My passion is my family and the high standards I demanded for my own children, I believe should be the same for all children.

The nursery managers and staff team are a testament to that. I am proud of the reputation we have for providing excellent childcare and education to children within the UAE.

At Emirates British Nursery our aim is simple, to provide quality purpose built facilities and outstanding childcare and education and that is why we continue to grow.

We do hope you will visit us so you can experience for yourself, what Emirates British Nursery has to offer.



My name is Tracy Penketh, I am the Headmistress at Emirates British Nursery Mirdif branch. I am qualified within Early Years and also management. I have worked in early years with children and families for over 27 years. I have managed Early Years teams for 14 years which has given me a wide breadth of knowledge in all areas of child development, motivating teams to ensure they meet every child's individual needs.

I believe every child should be nurtured in an environment with key adults who ensure their safety, facilitate their development and inspire them to learn, to ensure all children in their care reach their full potential.



My name is Katie Taylor, I am the Headmistress at Emirates British Nursery, Motor City branch. I have a Degree in Psychology from the University of Newcastle in England and have been working in Early Years for the last 9 years, having managed Early Years teams for over 5 years.  

My aim is to ensure myself and my team create an environment where children enjoy learning and develop at their own pace; a place where children are encouraged and supported, healthy and safe. I want to inspire children to enjoy their journey of learning and my goal is to instill a foundation for a future life of learning for all children.




My name is Felicity Corbett, I am the headmistress of Emirates British Nursery Dubai Silicon Oasis Branch. My motto is, “In education, you have to be passionate, love what you do and give something of yourself everyday to inspire those around you.” I have been living in Dubai for ten years and working in the education sector for over seventeen. My interests are literature, psychology and child development. Motivated by my desire to “educate rather than lecture”, I started my career in education with the ambition to improve student learning with effective and diverse methodologies. Throughout my career in New Zealand, The United Kingdom, South America and the Middle East,

I have always made it a priority to share my passion for education, inspire children and guide them through their learning and personal journeys. I am excited for the coming year and look forward to meeting our new families.



I am Laura Howsen, Headmistress of The Villa branch. I arrived here in UAE almost 9 years ago from London, UK where I had worked for 7 years as a manager& trainer. I hold a UK RMA, CACHE Level 5 and am a certified PTLLS trainer & assessor in health and social care and early years.

For the first 2 years of my time here in UAE I taught 2-3 & 3-4 year olds and loved every minute of it! Since 2013 I have been managing early years’ settings here in UAE and strongly believe in the importance of parent partnership and excellent quality early years’ provision. I also place great emphasis on our early year`s practitioners being ‘lifelong learners’ – keeping their knowledge current and up to date to ensure that we provide the very best in early years’ education.
I look forward to working with our team to provide enjoyable and educational experiences for the children in our care and ensure that they develop a love of learning.