Awarding of nursery places a major boost to newly-opened crèche

April 26, 2011

By Brónagh Murphy

A south Armagh crèche which opened its doors less than six months ago has secured sixteen pre-school funded places from the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB).

Proprietor of Happy Faces Day Care in Glassdrummond, Fiona Campbell, says the awarding of the places, which are free to qualifying children, represents a major boost to her business.

It has been widely reported that many parents of pre-school age children were left disappointed as a nation-wide shortage of nursery places meant some were unable to secure a place for their child in the nursery of their choice.  The Southern area was one in which demand outstripped supply and in a bid to alleviate the shortfall, the Department of Education has made extra funding available.  It is in this capacity that Happy Faces Day Care, having met all the relevant criteria, was awarded the sixteen nursery places.

Mrs Campbell says she is delighted that sixteen children, who otherwise would have missed out on a pre-school education, will now be able to avail of it in her facility.

“The allocation of these places to Happy Faces Day Care is a major boost to the business, especially as we just opened in November.  We provide top quality childcare in our custom-built premises and being awarded the pre-school places by the SELB is a major boost and underlines the quality of our service,” she said.

“I am delighted that we are able to fill this gap and provide these places to children who otherwise would have missed out on the opportunity of pre-school education.”