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Early Years at West Bann Development


The Early Years Programme is an integral part of the services and activities available at West Bann Development and is currently core funded by 'Early Years - The Organisation for Young Children' and 'Coleraine Sure Start Partnership'. The Project is overseen by an Early Years Team Leader and delivered by a Creche Supervisor and 5 Part Time Crèche Workers in collaboration with our many partners (i.e. - Coleraine Sure Start Partnership, Northern Regional College, Harpurs Hill Children and Family Centre and others).


For a Timetable of Childcare Courses starting in January 2024 click this link:

For Further Details of the Activities and Services Available Please see below:

Kindergarten Guide
Level 2 and 3 Diploma for Children's Care Learning and Development


This one year part-time qualification is relevant to learners who work or want to work with children or young people in a wide range of settings, for example in the roles of: Care Worker, Child-minder, Classroom Assistant, Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Nurse. This qualification replaces the Level 2/3 NVQ. Whilst completing this qualification learners will develop their knowledge and understanding about children and young people across the 0-12 age range. However in order to complete the full qualification learners must ensure that they have access to an occupational placement working with children aged 0-5 yrs. This can either be paid, unpaid, full time or part time. If required West Bann can help identify a suitable placement.


Parent and Toddler Group


An opportunity to meet and have fun with other parents of children in your area. Interactive play and activities for young children. Enjoy a cuppa and a chat.


Mini Explorers Creche


High quality childcare designed to meet all developmental milestones. Children will enjoy fun activities including imaginative play, sing along and physical activities. Creche places available for parents undertaking courses at West Bann Development, or parents/carers needing respite.


Sure Start Developmental Programme for 2-3 Year Olds


The programme is a Department of Education initiative which aims to promote all areas of children’s development, equipping them with the skills needed to help them in their transition into the pre-school. Throughout this programme the child is considered to be a self-learner and an initiator of their own play so the programme provides a holistic approach to children’s learning based around a play based learning environment for children aged between 2 and 3 years old. The programme incorporates a range of age appropriate activities which aims to fulfil the children’s curiosity whilst also providing a range of experiences that will promote all areas of their development.  Included in the wide range of activities are arts and crafts, rhymes and stories, messy play, imaginative play, construction and physical activities. (Next Intake intake September 2024)

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