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  • Northside West

Nursery joy for Our Lady's in Ballymun

Thursday, 8th February, 2018 7:59am
Nursery  joy for Our Lady's in Ballymun

Bernie Kelly, Centre Manager of Our Lady’s Nursery, Ballymun (left) with Robert Murphy, Chairman of Our Lady’s Nursery and Caroline Jordan, Area Manager, Dublin North City Tusla (right), pictured with the Tusla Investment in Children Award. PHOTO: ROBBIE REYNOLDS

Nursery  joy for Our Lady's in Ballymun

Bernie Kelly, Centre Manager of Our Lady’s Nursery, Ballymun (left) with Robert Murphy, Chairman of Our Lady’s Nursery and Caroline Jordan, Area Manager, Dublin North City Tusla (right), pictured with the Tusla Investment in Children Award. PHOTO: ROBBIE REYNOLDS

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THERE were celebrations at Our Lady’s Nursery in Ballymun last week when Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, announced it had achieved the Investing in Children Membership award.

The nursery is part-funded by Tusla and the award recognises and celebrates examples of imaginative and inclusive practice.

Our Lady's Nursery was set up in 1971 to meet the huge demand in Ballymun for childcare. In 2011, it was approved funding to build a purpose built childcare facility, which opened in 2012.

The building comprises five preschool rooms, a baby and toddler room, kitchen and dining area for children, outdoor and 

roof play areas, sensory room and a Conspeech and therapy room.

Caroline Jordan, Area Manager, Tusla, said currently there are 110 children attending the nursery.

“The Membership Awards are intended to highlight and raise awareness of working within a rights-based framework and the value of participatory practice for children, young people, and services,” she added.

“I’m delighted that Our Lady’s Nursery in Ballymun is getting the recognition it deserves for its excellent participatory practice with children.”

The membership awards are presented to services that can demonstrate a commitment to inclusive practice and to listening to the voices of children and young people.

Twenty-five Tusla services and Tusla-funded services have successfully achieved the Investing in Children Membership Award across the country in 2017.

It’s part of the Child and Youth Participation body of work under the Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) Programme of Tusla, funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies.

The PPFS Programme is about working within the local community to prioritise early intervention and prevention by focusing on helping both children and families get all the support they need early, locally and in a coordinated, wraparound way.

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