The Old Station Day Care Nursery

92 Church Street, Dromore BT25 1AA

The Old Station Day Care Nursery take pride in offering a welcoming environment, focused on quality childcare and education. A well-trained team understand that each individual child's needs are different, with high staff to child ratios and every attempt made to achieve low staff turnover, therefore offering continuity of care.

Alongside good early years education, the nursery supports healthy eating, looking to see positive mental and physical health benefits throughout children's time spent at the facility. Refurbishment has allowed the owners to enhance the potential of the site, which is spacious and well-resourced.

Owner: Carolyn McDonald

Person in charge: Carolyn McDonald (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Number of Staff: 25

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care

Total Places for Children: 102

Age Range: from 0 years 0 months to 12 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Overview

The Review Score of 9.6 (maximum of 10) for The Old Station Day Care Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 28 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Old Station Day Care Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.6 out of 5 from 13 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.932 for The Old Station Day Care Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (314 Excellents x 5) + (21 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 336 Ratings = 4.932

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 4.637 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for The Old Station Day Care Nursery is based on 13 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 20.4 positive Reviews (102 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 13 Reviews ÷ 20.4 Target = 0.637

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

9.6 The Old Station Day Care Nursery has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.569)

Average Ratings

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Reviewer Connection to The Old Station Day Care Nursery

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
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My daughter has been going to this nursery since she was 11 months. She has grown into an outgoing and friendly little girl which shone through in the Christmas play where she was a "star" and showed confidence in doing her part.
Credit must be given to the staff for encouraging her and helping her to become a confident girl.
All aspects of her care is a credit to a great, dedicated team of staff who provide outstanding care to all the children. I cannot recommend this nursery enough. Thank you to everyone.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old Station Day Care Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I had heard about the nursery through friends. We started our son here and found the environment to be warm and welcoming and the layout was extremely child-friendly. The staff are always very friendly and available to talk to. All of the girls that have worked with my child have been professional with their approaches. The staff work well with parents to help the children develop and reach their full potential. I have found my regular reviews very helpful. It is a positive thing to know how your child interacts our of their home situation. I think The Old Station nursery should be commended for their good work.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

The girls in The Old Station are fantastic.
Always there to help with anything. They have helped my 2 children so much and get them ready for school. My 2 children have problems with certain food and they couldn't do enough to help keep them on their food diaries. They are worth their weight in gold. Thank you all.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The Old Station Nursery is very well run by a team of people who understand the value of family. My two girls settled in very quickly as the staff were fantastic with them. The meals are well balanced and there is a great variety of food. My girls are taught to be friendly and courteous at all times which means so much as a parent.

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.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has attended The Old Station since he was 5 months old. Aged 3, he still loves going to "school" and talks about his "friends" who include the other children and the excellent staff. The Old Station offers excellent opportunities for learning and skill development, including lots of messy play.

All food is wholesome and freshly prepared. This is important to me and the factory that swayed my decision when choosing a childcare option. As parents, my husband and I are delighted with all aspects of our son's care and how the staff have worked hard to foster his independence at key milestones.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

The staff at The Old Station are fantastic. My experience has been excellent. My daughter has learned so much at playgroup and she finds learning there interesting and fun. She has developed her independence with the help of the girls in playgroup. She thoroughly enjoys her snacks and lunches and loves the vet corner, the hospital corner and the shop corner. She is very happy here and I would highly recommend to any parent. Staff in the after playgroup room are fab too.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

The Old Station offers my children a safe, warm and caring environment for them to enjoy, play with friends, new experiences and activities. All staff are dedicated to ensuring the children are able to engage fully in all activities and they have a genuine passion for caring for children. It's a real home from home feeling.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this nursery. Always a step ahead thinking about the development of children and understanding the concerns/fears of the children as they hit developmental milestones or periods of transition. I have 2 children at this nursery and each child is treated as an individual and not just 'another kid'. Staff are very professional and embrace the children's different personalities and little quirks but are happy to give cuddles and reassurance in a plentiful supply. Staff go above and beyond the basic learning syllabuses, constantly devising new activities to simulate 'little minds' at every stage in the nursery - no bored kids in this nursery!
The Old Station Day Nursery is a homely environment and of course, the tasty meals freshly cooked on the premises help reassure me as a parent that the children are well catered for.
The nursery has an experienced management team and will try and accommodate you as a parent juggling daily life and work commitments whenever possible.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

From the moment I first visited the nursery to have a look around I knew this was where we would send our son for care. Staff are absolutely fantastic and go above and beyond to make sure my son is cared for to the highest standards while having plenty of fun and doing lots of different educational activities daily!
Varied menu daily with healthy nutritious meals.
Staff are all very friendly and approachable.
Nursery pal app is an excellent feature which makes it very easy for both my husband and me to check on our sons daily progress while busy in work.
Cannot recommend old station nursery Dromore highly enough!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have 2 children at the nursery in different sections due to their ages. I haven’t the slightest hesitation in strongly recommending this nursery to others which is entirely due to the fantastic staff and the efforts they make in all areas.The children are stimulated, educated and well fed using good quality ingredients. 10/10

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Fantastic nursery. Both my children have been attending daycare and playgroup in The Old Station Day Care Nursery for almost 4 years. I couldn’t fault the service. It is like a home from home for the kids, the staff clearly adore children and my kids adore them back! I would recommend them to any parents without hesitation!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My little boy has been attending The Old Station since April 2017. He really enjoys his time there. Activities are varied and staff are well-trained and professional. All staff know my little boy by name, even those who do not have direct contact with him. Food is freshly-made and there is a varied menu - he eats better there than he does at home!! I would whole-heartedly recommend this nursery to anyone looking for suitable childcare arrangements for their child.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I don’t think I could personally rate this nursery any higher than I possibly could. My daughter has been attending The Old Station Day Care Nursery since she was 7 months old, she is now nearly 4. Her little stories she tells me about when she comes home and about how much fun she has had. The girls that work there are just fantastic, we couldn’t have picked a better nursery than The Old Station Day Care Nursery to let my daughter grow up in.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son attended Old Station and was the first choice straight away for my daughter. Friendly, helpful staff and makes it so much easier going to work knowing she is happy and well looked after. Gets excited every morning going in to see the girls!! Would highly recommend!!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The Old Station Day Care Nursery has been an amazing experience for my son. He has developed so much thanks to the lovely genuine staff. Nothing is ever a problem for them and they always have great activities and day outs organised. My son loves going there which makes it a bit easier for me going to work. The website to see what he is doing every day gives great reassurance.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The Old Station staff Care Nursery and facilities are absolutely first class. My daughter is extremely well cared for and looks forward to going to Nursery every morning. I am particularly impressed with how professional and attentive all members of staff are and how passionately they attend to their duties every day. The dedication shown by members of management and staff to provide a safe and caring environment for our little one to learn cannot be understated. From a parents point of view, it is comforting to know that we can leave our child in the care of such trustworthy professionals. Top notch across the board.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Excellent nursery, I have 2 kids here who started in the baby room and are now in playgroup and after school. The staff are excellent and my kids are happy and content here. They provide excellent care and a wide range of activities.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I have two boys at The Old Station. The younger one has been there since he was 8 months in the baby room and now into toddlers and the older one has moved through several stages (Junior Play Group through to After School) which has given us an insight into all aspects of what The Old Station has to offer.
The staff are always warm and friendly and clearly, a lot of thought goes into the appropriate care for the varying ages of the children attending.
I really feel that not only is The Old Station somewhere safe and pleasant to leave our children but it is also a huge benefit to them. My boys love their nursery family.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I cannot rate this nursery highly enough.
The staff are exceptional, friendly, caring and adored by my children. Facilities are good and activities are well planned, stimulating and enjoyable. Healthy, varied and well balanced food and snacks are provided each day.
My children have grown up attending this nursery and I have no qualms. They have enjoyed the absolute best of the best with regards to daycare available in my locality.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both my kids attend nursery. The baby loves getting to nursery.
His meals are freshly made in house and varied. The activities keep him busy all day. My older child attends before and after her play school, she enjoys the variety of activities within the nursery.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My child's development since attending the Preschool facility at The Old Station has been tremendous. His mild and happy temperament is a testament to the excellent care and teaching style received. The anxiety experienced as a parent when your child is setting out on a schooling journey was soon allayed on evidence of our child's educational development. All the staff are so welcoming and accommodating towards our child. We couldn't be happier with The Old Station.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter attends after school at The Old Station Nursery. Meals are freshly prepared on site and are varied and well balanced. The menu changes regularly to meet all needs and tastes! The staff are very welcoming when you arrive at the nursery. The nursery keeps parents well informed of all information relating to my daughter whilst at the nursery. The activity timetable is fun filled and packed with different activities which keep my daughter stimulated! The outside play area is a great hit with my daughter, she likes to let off steam after being cooped up in a classroom all day at school! I would have no problem in highly recommending The Old Station to family or friends as it has what any parents want "A home from home feeling".

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My girls have a fantastic relationship with the girls who care for them on a daily basis at Old Station.
The nursery has a homely atmosphere and the care and attention is fantastic.
I am always assured my girls are well looked after and have fun while I'm at work.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

My daughter started attending at 10 months old in 2016. We were given plenty of opportunities to visit the nursery prior to starting and with numerous settling in sessions to help her to familiarise herself with everything. She settled in well with the great support and attention from staff.
I have thoroughly enjoyed watching her develop through the My Nursery Pal app and website. We are always given a thorough feedback about her day including details about what and how much she has eaten, what times her nappy was changed, her sleeping times as well as her activities during the day with daily photos. This is always reassuring. When I collect her, she is always busy playing and always looks happy and excited.

A highly recommended nursery with professional, friendly and approachable staff.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My husband and I visited a few nurseries in the area when we were considering childcare options for our little girl. We loved the warm and homely atmosphere at The Old Station, especially the delicious smell of food cooking as soon as we walked in! From the first day our daughter was welcomed into the nursery and in only three months, she has settled in completely. She is always keen to go to nursery and we can see the positive changes to her character and to her development. She takes part in a variety of activities throughout the week, from artwork to song and rhyme time. The nursery staff are very approachable and have successfully worked with us when changing her routine or when she has been ill. The use of My Nursery Pal software is invaluable as we can check up on what our daughter is doing at any time of the day.
I never worry about our daughter when she is at nursery, I would recommend The Old Station to anyone.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

The staff are all very friendly and make you feel very welcome. My child settled in well with the help of all the staff. There are lots of activities done and I feel my child has come on well from attending this nursery.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Friendly homely environment.
All staff are welcoming, pleasant and can't do enough for you.
Children have constant stimulation and attention.
My little boy has allergies and these are catered for with a varied meal plan each day.
I feel at ease leaving my 11 month old son here 4 days per week as he is well cared for.
You can log on daily and review your child's day/activities - I love seeing the daily updates and photos of him playing.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I have 3 girls in the nursery over a period of 7 years. The staff are so friendly and caring with plenty of one on one time with the children. They are very professional in their behaviour and ensure your child is developed and everyone has the latest training to ensure the best care for your children. They are also very supportive of personal situations and try to help and support you throughout your journey with your children.

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Carolyn

Carolyn McDonald

Job Title: Proprietor

Joined: 2000

Description:

Before opening the Old Station Nursery, I worked as a qualified nurse for 10 years, working with both babies and small children. I then went on to complete my BTech in childhood studies, while also working as a classroom assistant for 4 years in a primary school. During the time that I working as a classroom assistant, I became more aware of the need for a good quality daycare nursery in the Dromore area. I took the brave decision of leaving my job as classroom assistant and began working on my new project of opening The Old Station Daycare Nursery which opened in April 2000. Within 9 months of opening the nursery, we saw the need for expansion and obtained a modular building to facilitate the demand and doubled our capacity.

I feel I am well qualified to understand the needs of children and I am able to provide a safe, secure and caring environment in which your child will grow as an individual.

I am also a wife and a mother of two grown up girls and when not running the nursery there is nothing I enjoy more than spending time with my family.

Maureen

Maureen Mcclearn

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2004

Description:

Started in the nursery in 2004. I have a cache diploma and level 3 management. When I came to the nursery I started in the pre-school room and have been here since with also working in the senior playgroup. My aim is to prepare the 3year olds for their move to senior playgroup and to promote independence.

Sylvia

Sylvia Hooke

Job Title: Cook

Joined: 2004

Description:

I started working in the Old Station Nursery in September 2004. When I first started working in the nursery I worked with afterschool which I really enjoyed. However, when a position became available for cook I applied for it and was successful. I was extremely delighted as this allowed me to combine my love for working with the children and also my love for cooking. I now cook all the meals for the children and I like to see the pleasure on their faces when I cook them a tasty, nutritious meal. I really enjoy getting involved with helping the children try new foods and talking to them about the foods that I offer. Before taking up the post as resident cook, I completed my food and hygiene course to comply with environmental health standards. At the Old Station Nursery we are proud to have been awarded with a score of 5 on the Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Nicky

Nicky Megarry

Job Title: Room Leader

Joined: 2000

Description:

I am one of the original team members and room leader in the toddlers. I started to work alongside Carolyn in 2000 and during my time I have successfully completed my level 3 in childcare, the two year old programme and a numerous of other courses. I am a mother to Bradley who is my pride & joy. The years have flown by and I look forward to many more.

Kathryn

Kathryn Campbell

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2008

Description:

Kathryn has been a part of the Old Station Nursery team from 2008.
Kathryn is fully qualified.

Valerie

Valerie Wilson

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2014

Description:

Valerie has been a part of the Old Station Nursery team from 2014.
Valerie is fully qualified.

Clara

Clara Jess

Job Title: Playgroup Assistant

Joined: 2008

Description:

I have worked in the old station since 2008. I have an NVQ in childcare. I work with the 3-4 year olds in playgroup. I really enjoy watching the children develop into their own person and being part of helping to prepare them for the next stage, that being p1. We work together as a team and aim to ensure that we provide our children with every opportunity to enable them to reach their full potential and encourage, support them throughout their time with us.

Sophie

Sophie Crookshanks

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2016

Description:

Sophie has been a part of the Old Station Nursery team from 2016.
Sophie is fully qualified.

Charlotte

Charlotte Nicholson

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2016

Description:

Charlotte has been a part of the Old Station Nursery team since 2016
Charlotte is fully qualified.

Janette

Janette Presha

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2000

Description:

Janette has been part of the team since the nursery opened in 2000. Janette is a caring mothering figure in our baby room.

Claire

Claire McDonald

Job Title: Playgroup Assistant

Joined: 2004

Description:

I've worked at the nursery since 2004. I’ve had experience in working in all the rooms but I currently work in playgroups and afterschool. I enjoy dealing with challenging behaviour and looking at the ways of helping the children to behave appropriately as its very satisfying to see their behaviour improve over time. I really enjoy baking, crafts and messy play with the children because I get to be a big kid each day and also because the children can develop so much from these ranges of activities that are offered in the nursery.

Erin

Erin Lepper

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2014

Description:

I have my qualification in Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Children’s care learning and development. I joined the Old Station team in June 2014. I really enjoy working with children doing arts and crafts.

Marion

Marion Walker

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2004

Description:

I have been in the nursery since 2004. I work in afterschool and cover lunches in the mobile. I love working with children and I enjoy doing crafts and I love my job.

Vickie

Vickie Finlay

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2014

Description:

I joined The Old Station as a student finishing my NVQ Level 3. I am a keen baker and enjoy cake decorating. I enjoy work in The Old Station Nursery as it has a friendly family atmosphere.

Stephanie

Stephanie Turner

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2000

Description:

I have worked in the Old Station from the first year it opened, and is one of the originals! Being a mother and a granny of 5 (still growing) has contributed lots of life experiences to our happy team.

Ailson

Ailson Coady

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2012

Description:

I have been part of the team from November 2012, fresh from a-levels and have loved my experience as a relief member of staff. I am very interested in the health care profession and aspire to become a midwife. The experience and skills I have obtained throughout my time in the nursery will aid me when I further my studying. Outside of work my hobbies include babysitting and playing the bagpipes in a competition band. I am currently completing my NVQ level 3 in Child care

Avril

Avril Herdman

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2000

Description:

This year I will be in the nursery 11 years. I started as a relief member of staff working in all areas and then was offered a Friday on a permanent basis. I still do relief hours when required.

Denise

Denise Jess

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2011

Description:

I have been working in The Old Station nursery since February 2011 and I started as relief, currently I am covering maternity leave in the toddler room. Being a relief member of staff I have been all over the nursery and I enjoy working in the toddler room as they are real wee characters. I have gained my level 2 and 3 in child care since starting in the nursery.

Elyse

Elyse McDonald

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2008

Description:

I have worked here since April 2008; I have my level 2 childcare qualification & team leadership & a diploma in science. I am part of the toddler room team & have been from I started. In my free time I play the bagpipes in the competition band McDonald Memorial.

Currently on Maternity Leave

Louise

Louise McKinstry

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2007

Description:

I started as a student in June 2007 then I became a permanent member of the team. I worked in afterschool at the start and then when the nursery’s Junior playgroup opened I moved to the mobile where I am currently working with Junior playgroup (am) and Pre-school (pm). I have my NVQ level 2 & 3 in childcare and education.