+353-1-842-1142 bernie@ournursery.ie

About us

Our Nursery is situated at 121 Sillogue Gardens, Ballymun Dublin 11. The nursery is a purpose-built childcare facility and caters for children from 4 months to school age. Our Nursery achieved an overall Siolta quality rating of Level 4 (highest award) in all 16 quality Siolta standards. All staff are trained in High Scope and we implement the HighScope curriculum in the nursery.

Our Nursery won the “Healthy Ireland Preschool Award” for promoting healthy eating, oral health, nutrition, physical activity and health and safety in the nursery. Our Nursery was awarded the “Investing in Childcare” award. This award was for listening to the children’s views and allowing children to have a voice in decision making and making change in the nursery as a result.

Board of Management

Our Nursery is managed by a Board of Directors, there are 6 directors on the board with representation from Finance, HR, Local Business, Building and Planning, Childcare, Barnardo’s, Community.

Our Nursery team is made up of the management team, auxiliary staff, early years educators included in this are 7  Lead educators and a curriculum coordinator.

Management Team
Bernie Kelly – Nursery Manager
Angela Gahan – Assistant Manager
Breege Mc Ginty – Assistant Manager

Early Years Educators


Aideen Hughes

Aimee Nacar



Ciara Doyle

Amanda Boland



Emer King

Samantha Daly

Francesca McMahon

Lenka Zlochova



Essie Carolan

Adrienne Brady

Paula Daly

Sandra O Rielly



Natasha Ridgeway

Sandra Boland

Catherine Lawlor

Mel Rooney



Aoife Brennan

Sharon Trimble

Jacqui Oludayo

Sinead Sheridan

Jayde Whitton 



Joann Kelly

Catherine Fraser

Clare-Anne Caldwell

Clare Murtagh

Art Therapist

Andrea Plunkett


Kitchen Staff

Breda Munslow

Elizabeth Casey

Ruth Dolan 


Reception Staff

Signe Podkalne

Sophie Fleming 



David Tomney


Finance Administrator 

Jane Martin



Sinead Flynn

The above Childcare Staff have the following childcare qualifications:

  • Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • FETAC Level 6, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • FETAC Level 5, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Infant and Toddler HighScope Implementation 
  • Montessori Diploma
  • Marte Meo
  • QQI level 6, Community Organization Management.
  • First Aid 
  • Children’s First - Child Protection
  • HACCP & Food Hygiene
  • Manual Handling
  • Fire Safety
  • Health and Safety in the workplace
  • Wellbeing & dignity in the workplace
  • Health and Safety in the workplace
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion

Angela Gahan has trained in the LINC Programme and is now our Inclusion Coordinator. One of Angela’s roles in the nursery is to engage with the Better Start Mentor and the early educators from each room to set goals and strategies for the children engaged with AIM (Access and Inclusion Model).


Breege McGinty & Joann Kelly have trained in Together, Old and Young Programme (TOY) The purpose of the TOY Programme is to promote intergenerational learning. We aim to create possibilities for the older people in the Ballymun community and our young children to learn together and benefit from each other’s company.


Emer King has trained as a HighScope Implementation trainer. 


Jacqui Oludayo has trained as a facilitator in Circle of Security. This is a 10-week training programme we run for our parents. This course encourages parents to build relationships and secure attachments with their children.


Art Therapy: The nursery has an art therapist – Andrea Clare Plunkett who is registered with the Irish and European Associations of Art Therapy.She on-site two days a week. Art therapy can help young children communicate BIG feelings. In the art therapy sessions, the children are given the time to process and understand these big feelings. With children under 5 Dyadic art therapy is often used. This means that after a few weeks, a child might like to invite an important adult into their sessions if they want to.