Clear Day Nurseries is investing £1m to build a new nursery in Lisburn, creating 30 jobs. The company is also set to carry out a £250,000 refurbishment of its Little Gems Day Nursery in Dundonald.
Employing over 170 staff, the company has six nurseries under the Clear Day branding in Belfast, Dundonald, Portadown, Newtownabbey, Dollingstown and Bangor. The new Lisburn facility will be based at the former Point Restaurant on Bridge Street, with places for up to 100 children.
The announcement comes as Clear Day won the latest in a series of UK awards.
Audrey McCracken, Operations Manager at Clear Day Nurseries, said: “The announcement of our 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 nursery will be opening in Q1 2019 and we expect places to fill fast.”
Audrey said the refurbishment will see several changes at the Bangor Site.
“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,” she said.