Bangor West Nursery Playgroup

About Us

The richness of the human journey is here. Listen. Pass it on. So that there will not pass from our future the enchantment that begins
with the honoured words,

“Once upon a time, long ago and far way, in a deep forest, there lived a child – much like you.”Anonymous

 

We are a graduate led pre-school who meets during term time, (September to June) each year. We were established in 1973, and since then, we have seen generations of children pass through our doors.  Indeed we now regularly welcome children of children who attended our pre-school. In 2007 we moved into purpose built accommodation as part of the ongoing drive to improve the quality of provision offered by our practitioners.

 

The pre-school is overseen by a Management Committee which contains parental representation. We are members of Early Years (the organisation for young children) and registered and inspected by both HSC Trust and the Education Training Inspectorate (https://www.etini.gov.uk/publications/general-inspection-bangor-west-nursery-playgroup-co-down).

 

We are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 12 noon, school term time. We continue to enjoy a professional and productive relationship with local primary schools and have deeply embedded roots within the local community.

In choosing us you will become part of a ‘very special pre-school family.

The Team

We have two leaders and four assistants in our dedicated team. Each member of the team is appropriately qualified and highly experienced in working with pre-school children. Staff regularly undertake training aimed at continuous professional development

 

Leaders:

Alison Easlea, BA Early Years

Wendy Somers, BA Early Years

Assistants:

Amanda Baxter, NVQ 3 Early Years & Education

Denise Powell, NVQ 3 Children’s Learning & Development

Michelle Gillanders, BA Education

Kim Warden, QCF Classroom Assistant

 

We shape and deliver a play-based, child-led curriculum, promoting play in an inclusive environment. In doing so, we draw on the Curricular Guidance for Pre-school Education’ (www.deni.gov.uk) which provides a supporting framework for our practice located in six discrete areas of learning.

 

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • The Arts
  • Language Development
  • Early Mathematical Experiences
  • The World Around Us

 

We strive to create a happy, caring, warm and safe environment where children are encouraged to discover and explore new learning opportunities and to socially interact with their peers. In order to help children develop self-esteem and social capability, they are encouraged to play autonomously as they become increasingly dependent during the pre-school year. We have a minimum ratio of 1 adult to 6 children each day.

Testimonials from the Children's Parents