About Us

A little bit about our journey

Our Story

Owner and Manager, Carolyn McDonald was a nurse and then a classroom assistant.

“I was a working mum with two small children and knew there was a gap for good quality childcare in Dromore. The population was growing really quickly with more and more families needing support.

I just knew that I wanted to run a business in childcare.”

Carolyn’s challenge, however, was finding a suitable location for a nursery. After months of searching, Carolyn came across Dromore’s now derelict train station.

Dromore Station


“I convinced the owner to rent Dromore railway station and renovate it into a nursery.”

In 2000, The Old Station opened its doors to the first group of children and parents. 

Can you believe that the initial lease was for just 5 years – and here we are 21 years later.”  

The Old Station has grown into a family business with that passion for providing homely childcare at its heart. 

Today, Carolyn is supported in the nursery by her own children, Hollie and Claire who have followed her into the business with the same love and dedication to The Old Station Nursery as their mum. 

Our Mission

We aim to create a nurturing, inclusive environment in partnership with parents; where each child can reach their full potential in an environment that is safe, secure, happy, healthy and stimulating.

We strive to create a home from home that gives you trust that your child is well cared for and builds the confidence of your child to take the next step.


Today Carolyn is supported by her Management team, Claire, Joanne & Hollie. Together they help maintain high standards of care at The Old Station Day Care Nursery & Pre-school in the characteristic and charming old train station in Dromore. 

The Nursery offers full day care for children aged between 6 weeks and 12 years with the benefit of Playgroups and an After-School and summer club.

Girl playing with jigsaw

Helping Your Child Explore, Grow, & Learn

We provide a loving, supportive environment for your child to learn, play and grow in confidence,  ready to take on the next stage. We also work with you to ensure you feel part of their journey.

The Future

We continue to develop our business according to legislation regarding childcare and education. 

We also pride ourselves on working with you to provide services that meet your needs.  

We just love what we do, and hope we can grow as a family to meet the needs of our community.


What Our Families Say

“As soon as we walked in here, we knew straight away. We walked in through the door and we knew.  It’s the quality of this place. We are just so happy with them here.”

Kelly & Shane

Get in touch

Ask us anything, we love talking about our Nursery.

The Old Station Nursery
92 Church Street
County Down


Opening hours
Mon-Fri: 07.15 - 18.00

t. 028 9269 8689