Located at Mount Pleasant, 10 Victoria Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 8AQ, the Nursery premises were originally constructed as a substantial 2 storey detached dwelling for the Railway Station-Masters’ family. It is located on a very private, safe & secluded site which is solely dedicated to the purpose of childcare. Being close to Carrickfergus Railway Station and the Translink ‘Ulsterbus’ Depot it is very convenient for those commuting further afield by public transport. Sharing a boundary with Central Primary School, one of the largest primary schools in the Town, and being in close proximity to many of the towns’ other schools, the Nursery is ideally located to for commuters and local workers.
The site is in very close proximity to the town centre and is located just off Albert Road which is THE main thoroughfare linking the B90 Middle Road and the A2 Belfast Road, both of which are the primary access routes joining Carrickfergus to the greater Belfast area.
The site itself is of very generous proportions, approximately 1 ½ acres, allowing generous car parking to the front and is accessed by a private driveway approximately 150 metres long leading in from the centre of the large Railway / Bus Depot car parks.
Within the Nursery, childcare will be accommodated in two separate units. Infants (non-walkers & walkers) will be accommodated within a secure unit on the upper floor and will only progress to integrate with older children depending on their individual development. Pre-school children will be cared for in ground floor accommodation.
The self-contained ‘infant’ accommodation will comprise of 2 spacious general day rooms alongside a separate ‘sleep’ room and ‘milk kitchen’. The rooms are designed to ensure maximum safety and shall be generously equipped with a full range of stimulating modern play equipment, comfortable sleeping cots, and personal hygiene items. Ample safe storage will be provided.
Accommodation for older children comprises of 3 separate rooms on the ground floor: a general play room, a ‘quiet’ room and a “messy” play room. Each room will be furnished and equipped to a high standard with a focus on safety and comfort. A wide range of modern play equipment, designed to promote gross & fine motor development, and educational items will be readily available throughout the day.
The rear gardens provide a mature ‘nature’ area as well as very extensive adventure play areas. The rear garden area also contains 2 safe & enclosed play areas in addition to a considerable expanse of open grass lawn play area. A variety of outdoor play equipment, including Garden House, Adventure Climbing Frames and Slides will stimulate a child’s’ development in a carefully supervised environment.
Oakfield Community Centre (The Drone Zone)
P6 & P7 children enjoy exclusive access to the computer suite at Oakfield Community
Centre, (Oakfield Drive, Carrick) for afternoon ‘study time’. Between 3:00pm – 5:00pm
children benefit from additional help with AQE & GL assessments in the quiet, peaceful
surroundings of the computer suite.
Computer equipment & internet access are ‘firewall’ protected by M&EA Council and all children are supervised whilst using the computers.
Homeworks, projects and written work can be printed for use in school. Children return to BeeHive at Sunnylands around 5:00pm each day for supervised play time before going home or down to Bumble Bz for collection