New £1m Lisburn nursery to create 30 jobs

Pictured with the seven awards are Audrey McCracken, operations manager and staff from Clear Day Nurseries
Gareth McKeown

AN AWARD-winning nursery business is to open a new £1 million branch in Lisburn, creating 30 jobs.

Clear Day Nurseries, which operates six nurseries in Belfast, Dundonald, Portadown, Newtownabbey, Dollingstown and Bangor, will open a new facility at the former Point Restaurant on Bridge Street, with places for up to 100 children. The company, which employs over 170 staff, is also set to carry out a £250,000 refurbishment of its Little Gems Day Nursery in Dundonald.

The investment comes as Clear Day won the latest in a series of UK awards.

Operations manager, Audrey McCracken said the announcement of the company's seventh nursery marks an exciting time for the business.

"All six of our nurseries were recently voted into the Top 20 Nurseries in Northern Ireland and our group was voted one of the Top 20 in the UK. These awards are testament to the calibre of staff we employ and showcases the continued growth of our business.

“We're looking at opportunities to expand the business further and Lisburn is the first step towards growing our market share. There is a shortage of day care facilities in the area so we identified it as a prime location for our seventh nursery."

The new Lisburn nursery will open at the start of next year and Clear Day expect places to fill fast. The refurbishment in Dundonald is the latest at the popular day care centre.

“Little Gems Day Nursery has been operating for almost 20 years and has undergone several refurbishments. When we opened the nursery we were registered for 36 children and with extensions to the building we are now registered for 93. The refurbishment will run from July until October and we'll be making some major changes to enhance our day care offering,” Mrs McCracken added.

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