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We have a brilliant team of staff who love and care for the children like they are their own.  

Our enthusiastic and well-trained team understands the fundamental importance of learning through play.

We take great pride in having a very low turnover of staff, which is a rarity in this type of industry.

The consistency in our staff allows us to maintain continuity with both children and parents and help build valuable relationships whilst in our care.    

Our team have relevant childcare qualifications, are Paediatric First Aid trained and have all completed Safeguarding Training

The Management Team

Carolyn McDonald, Founder

Position: Proprieter
Length of service: 20+ years
What I love about The Old Station Nursery?  I am so proud of what we have created here at The Old Station Nursery and the family atmosphere from our dedicated staff. I am so passionate about my business and love welcoming new parents to see what we have created here. Every day is a joy to come in and see how the children are developing and learning.
Likes: I love reading cooking and dancing, but there is nothing I enjoy more than spending time with my family.

Claire Ross, Senior Playgroup Manager Headshot

Claire

Position: Nursery Manager
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? What I love most about my job is watching the children’s personalities grow as they move through the nursery. I really enjoy the pastoral aspect of my Manager role as well.
Likes? Being organised and spending time with my little family.
Dislikes? Spaghetti Bolognese

Joanne, The Old Station Nursery Staff

Joanne

16 years service

Position: Deputy Manager
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? The great team of girls that I work with and the old building we are situated in.
Likes? Spending time with my family and friends.
Dislikes? Mice

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Hollie 

Position: Relief Deputy Manager 
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? I am extremely passionate about the success of the nursery as it’s our family business. I love going to my job every day as no day is the same! The staff and children are like one big family which is lovely!
Likes? Making cookies!! My little side hustle!
Dislikes? Tomatoes!
 

Baby & Wobbler Room

Janette

Janette

20+ years service

Position: Nursery Assistant
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? I love the way The Old Station Nursery is like a home from home for the children where we have lots of fun and learn lots of new things.
Likes? Chocolate, shopping
Dislikes? Spiders

Stephanie The Old Station Nursery employee

Stephanie 

20+ years service

Position: Nursery Assistant
What I love about The Old Station Nursery?  The family friendly atmosphere and knowing that all the children who have come through our doors have enjoyed  their experiences.
Likes? Reading , walking the dogs, travelling and as I have 7 grandchildren there is always a birthday party.
Dislikes? Early winter mornings.

Alana Graham

Alana

>1 year service

Position: Nursery Assistant
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? I love working with the babies and seeing them develop their little personalities
Likes? Exploring with my dog Luna, painting gardening and buying more house plants which I don’t need!
Dislikes? Spiders

Louise, The Old Station Nursery Staff

Louise 

13 years service

Position: PT Room Leader (on maternity leave)
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? Being with the team for 13 years speaks for itself, the atmosphere and love for children within the nursery is top class.
Likes? I love spending time with my family.
Dislikes? Rainy days.

Alannah Barr

Alannah

2 years service

Position: Baby Room Leader
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? I love the family-friendly atmosphere, close bond of relationship with staff and children in the setting. I love the number of resources and activities available daily for our little babies to play with.
Likes? Eating chocolate, walking, talking and socialising with my friends.
Dislikes? Feet, spiders, and cauliflower.

Phoebe, The Old Station Nursery Staff

Phoebe

>1 year service

Position: Relief Nursery Assistant
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? Everyone has been so warm and welcoming.
Likes? Walking my dog Roxy and watching the sunset.
Dislikes? Pizza

Toddler Room

Christine, The Old Station Nursery Staff

Christine

2 years service

Position: Room Leader
What I love about The Old Station Nursery?
I love the wide range of resources and activities available to the children on a daily basis.
Likes? Gardening and anything duck related.
Dislikes? Feet! But I don’t mind little feet!

Nicky

Nicky

20 years service

Position: Nursery Assistant
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? I have made so many life long friends in my years here.
Likes? Reading & long baths.
Dislikes? Red Sauce

Erin Leeper, The Old Station Nursery, Dromore

Erin

6+ years service

Position: Nursery Assistant
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? I love Sylvia’s (our cook) Christmas Dinner!
Likes? Playing hockey.
Dislikes? Big onions and peppers.

Avril

Avril

20+ years service

Position: Nursery Assistant
Length of Service: 21 years

Marion

Marion

20+ years service

Position: Relief staff
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? When you come in kids will run to you for hugs & cuddles. I’m known as Mad Marion and love playing jokes on all the girls. They are a great bunch!
Likes?  Getting into my PJs!
Dislikes? Oysters, Squid & Mussels

Pre-School & After School

Claire Ross, Senior Playgroup Manager Headshot

Claire 

Position: Senior Playgroup Leader
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? What I love most about my job is watching the children’s personalities grow as they move through the nursery. I really enjoy the pastoral aspect of my Manager role as well.
Likes? Being organised and spending time with my little family.
Dislikes? Spaghetti Bolognese

Joanne, The Old Station Nursery Staff

Joanne

16 years service

Position: Junior Playgroup Leader 
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? The great team of girls that I work with and the old building we are situated in.
Likes? Spending time with my family and friends.
Dislikes? Mice

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Hollie

Position: Deputy Playgroup Leader
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? I am extremely passionate about the success of the nursery as it’s our family business. I love going to my job every day as no day is the same! The staff and children are like one big family which is lovely!
Likes? Making cookies!! My little side hustle!
Dislikes? Tomatoes!
 

Denise, Junior Playgroup Staff Member

Denise

10 years service

Position: Nursery Assistant in Pre-School (Maternity Leave)
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? It’s the children’s home from home and feels like one big family
Likes? My pet pig Penelope
Dislikes? Frogs

Clara

11 years service

Position: Nursery Assistant & Assistant in Senior Playgroup & Afterschool
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? am lucky as I work in the Senior Playgroup in the mornings and after-school in the afternoon therefore have the opportunity to work with children of different age groups and catering for their different needs. 
Likes? Socialising with family and friends.
Dislikes? There’s not enough hours in the day.

Alison, The Old Station Nursery Staff

Alison

8 years service

Position: Senior Playgroup Assistant & Afterschool Leader
What I love about The Old Station Nursery: I enjoy the planning aspect in both rooms. I can also often be seen with a drill in my hand carrying out some of the maintenance around the nursery. There’s always fun and a laugh with the girls I work with! 

Charlotte, The Old Station Nursery Staff

Charlotte

4 years service

Position: Nursery Assistant in Senior Playgroup & Afterschool
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? Interacting with the children and watching their personalities develop.
Likes? Morning coffee and long walks with my dog.
Dislikes? Spiders and mice

Sophie, Old Station Staff

Sophie

4 years service

Position: Nursery Assistant Pre-School
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? It’s like one big family!
Likes? Football and playing the Tenor. drum with McDonald Memorial Pipe Band
Dislikes? Most vegetables

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Laura

4 years

Position: Nursery Assistant
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? Working as part of a team and looking after children. I also love the beach trip in the summer.
Likes? Going to Cranfield at the weekend.
Dislikes? Spiders!


Sylvia headshot, the cook at The Old Station Nursery

Sylvia

16 years service

Position: Cook and Afterschool Nursery Assistant
Length of Service: 16 years
What I love about The Old Station Nursery? I love passing on my cooking knowledge with the children in after-school. I am very lucky to have formed great relationships during my time here and have had plenty of laughs along the way.  

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What Our Families are Saying

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. 

Staff are excellent, our two children attend 2 days a week its such a peace of mind to know they are here. They are cared for like they are family members as are all the children. If there is a problem staff are approachable and caring, you can be assured you will only have to ask once. 

The Old Station Nursery is very well run by a team of people who understand the value of family. If you are considering this nursery I would recommend you speak with the nursery manager and you will instantly know that your kids will be well cared for.

Our Keyworker System

From the very first day your child starts, they will be assigned a keyworker will spend time with them helping them to settle in. They will get to know their likes and dislikes and will observe your child’s progress each day. 

Your child’s keyworker will also keep you updated about what your child has been doing that day through your own personal MyNurseryPal account. This online portal will provide you with a timeline of their day. You’ll find out what they had for their snack, what games they played and you’ll even see photos of your child so you don’t miss out!

Your child’s key worker will also meet with you on a regular basis to keep you updated on your child’s progress and concerns can be discussed with the keyworker at any time.

We believe that our keyworker system helps to build a strong relationship while your child is at nursery.

The Old Station Nursery, Dromore, Junior playgroup girl interacting with staff member

Get in touch

Ask us anything, we love talking about our Nursery.

The Old Station Nursery
92 Church Street
Dromore
County Down

BT251AA

Opening hours
Mon-Fri: 07.15 - 18.00

t. 028 9269 8689
office@theoldstationnursery.com