We understand that leaving your child in day care can be hard.
That’s why we offer a home away from home for your child.
Based in the market town of Dromore, in County Down, Northern Ireland, The Old Station Nursery offers day care, play groups and after school clubs from 6 weeks to 12 years.
What we offer you and your child
We provide a loving, supportive environment for your child to learn, play and grow in confidence, ready to take on the next stage.
Supporting your child's development
We deliver learning and development through play. Your child will have access to developmental toys, be encouraged to participate in crafts, physical activity, and a host of experiences to help them grow in confidence. Our learning approach is governed by detailed planning, observations, reporting and continual assessment. We cater for all appropriate ages and stages of development.
Safe & secure homely environment
Our staff are part of The Old Station Nursery family and in turn, our staff treat your child like one of their own.
On their first day, your child will get a dedicated keyworker that will support their journey and ensure they feel safe, secure and loved.
Working in partnership with our parents
We work in partnership with you, the parents, to provide you with regular updates and support with any developmental needs. We also provide visibility of your child’s day to day activities through an online portal, MyNurseryPal.
The Old Station Nursery in Dromore, was established in 2000 by Carolyn McDonald, and is now supported by her two daughters Claire and Hollie.
The nursery is housed in the characteristic and charming old train station in Dromore.
We offer full day care for children aged between 6 weeks and 12 years.
We run a junior and senior playgroup with government-funded pre-school places as well as after-school wraparound care. We provide a happy, caring, stimulating, and safe environment with warm relationships between our staff and children.
We believe this combination promotes the development of confidence in children and positive self-esteem.
Come Visit Us
We’d love for you to come and take a look at our facilities and meet our staff.
Carolyn, Hollie & Claire will be happy to show you around.
What makes us special
A mum and daughter business, offering a warm, home from home atmosphere
Well qualified and experienced staff – all first aid trained
Low turnover of staff ensuring continuity of care and trust
Located off the Dromore A1 exit, makes us very accessible for commuters
Outdoor facilities with climbing equipment
Nutritious, locally sourced and well balanced homemade food cooked on-site by our cook
Why parents love us
Whatever stage your child joins us, we provide nurturing support from 6 weeks right up to the end of primary school. We offer complete care for your child.
Wraparound care offered for our playgroup attendees
Pre-school government-funded places in our senior playgroup
After-school club with pick up service available from surrounding schools
CCTV in every room making sure your little ones are kept safe at all times
10% discount for families in full-time care
Dedicated keyworkers assigned to help your child settle in
Don’t miss out on those precious moments while you are at work. With access to an industry-leading observation management system called MyNurseryPal, you will know when they slept, what they played with and even what they ate!
Download the parent app or login in from your desktop to check on how your child is enjoying their day and even get photos and activity updates.
What Our Parents Say
I was a bit nervous about my children starting a new nursery but the transition has been better than I could have hoped.
Having the Old Station Nursery care for our most precious little people in such a loving way makes leaving them a little easier.
It is obvious that all of the staff have a genuine passion for looking after children – everyone who works there knows all of the children’s names and take an interest in them, whether they work in that particular room or not.
I cannot recommend The Old Station Nursery highly enough.
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