Located at Mount Pleasant, 10 Victoria Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 8AQ, the Nursery premises were originally constructed as a substantial 2 storey detached dwelling for the Railway Station-Masters’ family. It is located on a very private, safe & secluded site which is solely dedicated to the purpose of childcare. Being close to Carrickfergus Railway Station and the Translink ‘Ulsterbus’ Depot it is very convenient for those commuting further afield by public transport. Sharing a boundary with Central Primary School, one of the largest primary schools in the Town, and being in close proximity to many of the towns’ other schools, the Nursery is ideally located to for commuters and local workers.
The site is in very close proximity to the town centre and is located just off Albert Road which is THE main thoroughfare linking the B90 Middle Road and the A2 Belfast Road, both of which are the primary access routes joining Carrickfergus to the greater Belfast area.
The site itself is of very generous proportions, approximately 1 ½ acres, allowing generous car parking to the front and is accessed by a private driveway approximately 150 metres long leading in from the centre of the large Railway / Bus Depot car parks.
Services at Bumble Bz
Bumble Bz will be focusing primarily on children aged 11 weeks – P1. The nursery aims to provide full-time day care between the hours of 7.30 am and 6.30 pm, Monday to Friday. Full-time childcare will be provided at two main levels, infant and pre-school.
As well as providing primary childcare, in a safe caring environment, the Nursery will provide a wide range of opportunities through a carefully planned programme of stimulating activities throughout the day, both indoor and out of doors. An ample supply of modern play equipment and expendable playthings will be readily available. Suitably qualified staff will be on hand to provide opportunities for developing language through songs, rhymes, story telling, music and simple games. Interest will be stimulated through the use of the environment. The range of activities provided will be appropriate to the age and developmental stage of the children. A variety of activities will ensure that each child is given the stimulation to develop physical, cognitive and social skills at their own pace.
Children’s diets will be nutritionally sound and presented in an attractive manner. All meals will be served in a proper setting to promote development of social skills. Children will also receive assistance in personal hygiene and receive training, as appropriate, in the use of the W.C., hand basin and general toileting facilities.
Periods of rest and quietness will be readily available in suitably supervised surroundings during the day as required.
Within the Nursery, childcare will be accommodated in two separate units. Infants (non-walkers & walkers) will be accommodated within a secure unit on the upper floor and will only progress to integrate with older children depending on their individual development. Pre-school children will be cared for in ground floor accommodation.
The self-contained ‘infant’ accommodation will comprise of 2 spacious general day rooms alongside a separate ‘sleep’ room and ‘milk kitchen’. The rooms are designed to ensure maximum safety and shall be generously equipped with a full range of stimulating modern play equipment, comfortable sleeping cots, and personal hygiene items. Ample safe storage will be provided.
Accommodation for older children comprises of 3 separate rooms on the ground floor: a general play room, a ‘quiet’ room and a “messy” play room. Each room will be furnished and equipped to a high standard with a focus on safety and comfort. A wide range of modern play equipment, designed to promote gross & fine motor development, and educational items will be readily available throughout the day.
The rear gardens provide a mature ‘nature’ area as well as very extensive adventure play areas. The rear garden area alsocontains 2 safe & enclosed play areas in addition to a considerable expanse of open grass lawn play area. A variety of outdoor play equipment, including Garden House, Adventure Climbing Frames and Slides will stimulate a child’s’ development in a carefully supervised environment.
Internet Accessible CCTV – Complete peace of mind !
The installation of an internet accessible CCTV system in every care room & outside play area will allow parents to view their child’s activity in real time at any time of the day. Whether at work, or home, parents can access the secure Bumble Bz’ web site and see their child without the knowledge of staff. Views from every camera are constantly recorded on digital hard drive and the recording securely retained. Parental access will be strictly password controlled and available only within that unit applicable to their own child. Each parent will be furnished with a specific password, individual to them and this will be changed on a regular basis to maintain security.
Oakfield Community Centre (The Drone Zone)
P6 & P7 children enjoy exclusive access to the computer suite at Oakfield Community
Centre, (Oakfield Drive, Carrick) for afternoon ‘study time’. Between 3:00pm – 5:00pm
children benefit from additional help with AQE & GL assessments in the quiet, peaceful
surroundings of the computer suite.
Computer equipment & internet access are ‘firewall’ protected by M&EA Council and all children are supervised whilst using the computers.
Homeworks, projects and written work can be printed for use in school. Children return to BeeHive at Sunnylands around 5:00pm each day for supervised play time before going home or down to Bumble Bz for collection
Sunnylands Community Centre (The Beehive)
Age Group & Availabilty of Places
The after-schools facility provides a safe & welcoming environment. Bumble Bz encourages
and welcomes children from all backgrounds and cultures and is keen to promote good citizenship and cross community interaction where at all possible.
It is intended to provide a high quality childcare facility for primary school children, aged 5 years to 11 years. The ‘after-school’ service is between 2.00pm - 6.00pm during school term time and an all day facility between 08.00am – 6.00pm during the school summer holidays.
Outside of these hours, and during school holidays, children who would normally attend the
Sunnylands centre are facilitated within our main premises at Victoria Street, Carrickfergus.
These premises are situated approximately ½ mile away and we have our own 15 seat
minibus readily available to enable easy connection between both locations.
We offer a full range of school drop-off & collection, included within the hourly rate, but also
welcome children who are brought to the setting by parents/carers.