THE Happy Days Nursery, Magherafelt is one of four full day care services from Northern Ireland to receive accreditation at the All Ireland Centre of Excellence Awards.
The day care staff received their award at a gala event at the Culloden Hotel, Belfast on Saturday attended by Junior Minister, Jonathan Bell.
The awards programme, jointly delivered by Early Years – the organisation for young children and Early Childhood Ireland, recognises the achievement of full day care services, delivering the highest standards for children in early years care and education.
The accreditation award has been developed in line with international research on best practice in early years care and education, and recognises day care providers delivering high quality provision for each individual child in their care.
A total of 24 childcare services from across Ireland received the prestigious accreditation at the awards, now in its sixth year.
Siobhan Fitzpatrick CBE, Early Years Chief Executive said: “Positive early years experiences are vital to the health and development of young children. For parents seeking good quality day care, the accreditation is a mark of the highest standards.
“We know that for groups receiving this award this is not the final step in the journey towards excellence, and that they will continue to work hard to maintain and surpass the high standards they have achieved. We congratulate Happy Days Nursery, and all the groups who are recipients this year.”
Teresa Heeny, Director of Operations at Early Childhood Ireland added, “I am delighted to join our colleagues in Early Years in Northern Ireland in the celebration of quality childcare. We are thrilled that alongside four groups from Northern Ireland a total of twenty Early Childhood Ireland members are receiving their awards..
“For professionals working in early childhood care and education, this underscores the valuable contribution of their occupation, and tonight’s award acknowledges their special efforts to deliver high quality services for children. Displaying this quality mark will further assure parents that their children are being cared for in a high quality environment and acknowledges the hard work and investment that the services have put into delivering quality services for children.”