From our original numbers of one staff member and two children, we have grown to twenty-one staff, with the facility currently registered for approximately forty-five children between the baby unit, main nursery and pre-school unit, and a further twenty children in our out of school club in Culcavy and twenty-four in our out of school club at Hillsborough Village Centre.
Situated on the outskirts of Hillsborough in a semi-rural setting, the building here was the original old school serving the local community in the Newport area, hence the title of the complex.
Crawford and Pearl Rankin purchased the building and after much renovating etc., The Old School House was formed in 1995.
• Hillsborough Village Centre:
Out of school club at the village centre at
Downshire Primary School, with breakfast
club, waiting class, and escort to and from
school, for children who are in reception
through to Primary Seven age.
The Old School House is registered with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and closely monitored by designated social workers who carry out regular inspections of both complexes, and review such matters as staff ratios, facilities, maintenance of buildings, policies, health, safety and hygiene etc.
We pride ourselves on the reputation we have in the local area and with local schools; with this in mind, we continually encourage staff to participate in any appropriate courses or training off site ensuring competence and consistency in our specialised field of work.
• Main nursery: the main nursery caters for
a range of age groups, each with their own
baby unit (0 - 18mths)
bunnies (18 months - 2 years)
badgers (2 - 3 years age groups)
• Pre - School unit: specially equipped for
our bear group (3 - 5 years age group), we
also drop off and collect from various
funded pre-schools in the local area.
• Out of School Clubs at Culcavy:
includes a breakfast club and escort to and
from and school, for children who are in
reception through to Primary Seven age.