Welcome To Sleepy Hollow Group

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Sleepy Hollow follows its own unique pedagogy.  We are playwork passionate, following the playwork principles, as well as being inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach.  We have been fortunate to have had three of our team out at International Study Groups in Reggio Emilia in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Whilst loose parts and natural environments are becoming the norm in early years settings now, it is important to understand how this fits in with your organisation’s pedagogy.

We have had to adapt aspects from both playwork and Reggio Emilia to fit with our own needs in Sleepy Hollow, so we have added just a sprinkle from the Curiosity Approach to come up with our own unique pedagogy which we call Sleepy Hollow Inspired.  Our brand Sleepy Hollow Inspired is very important to us – it’s our ethos, our curriculum and our inspiration!  We have written our own Sleepy Hollow Inspired qualification which all staff complete on induction so there is a clear understanding when you come to work for Sleepy Hollow of what our values and pedagogy are.


Updated COVID 19 policies and risk assessments

Our policies and risk assessments were updated on 18th August 2021.

Risk Assessment COVID19 updated August 2021 (click to open)

COVID19 ECC policy updated 16th August 2021 (click to open)

COVID19 wraparound policy updated August 2021 (click to open)



Sleepy Hollow @ Braniel Primary School

  • Facility Manager
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Sleepy Hollow @ St Bernards, Glengormley

  • Elmfield Road, Glengormley, Newtownabbey BT36 6DN, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Naomi Crawley
  • Phone Number
  • 02894 339031

Sleepy Hollow Early Childhood Centre

  • 1a Largy Road, Crumlin, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Karen Larkin
  • Phone Number
  • 02894453976

Sleepy Hollow @ Dundela Infant School

  • 54 Wilgar Street, Belfast, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Tracey Tate
  • Phone Number
  • 02894 339031

Sleepy Hollow @ Carrickfergus Model PS

  • 4 Belfast Road, Carrickfergus, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Joanna Davis
  • Phone Number
  • 02894 339031

Sleepy Hollow @ Our Lady Queen of Peace PS

  • Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Upper Dunmurry Lane, Dunmurry, Belfast, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Kelly Louise Hamill
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0012

Sleepy Hollow Group @ Killowen Primary School

  • Killowen Primary School, Laurel Hill Road, Lisburn, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Angela Penney
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0010

Sleepy Hollow @ Strandtown

  • North Road, Belfast BT4 3DJ, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Victoria Patrick
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0019

Sleepy Hollow @ St Therese of Lisieux

  • 472 Antrim Road, Belfast, BT15 5GF
  • Facility Manager
  • Cheryl McLaughlin
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0018

Sleepy Hollow @ St Mary’s On The Hill

  • 142 Carnmoney Road, Glengormley, Newtownabbey BT36 6JU, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Leigh Hunter
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0017

Sleepy Hollow @ St MacNissis PS

  • Christine Road, Newtownabbey BT36 6UE, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Joanne McKinnon (acting Serena Engelen)
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0016

Sleepy Hollow @ St Itas PS

  • 4 Alderwood Hill, Belfast BT8 6YY, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Megan Carson
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0014

Sleepy Hollow @ St Bernards PS, Rosetta

  • Wynchurch Walk, Belfast BT6 0JS, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Linzi Tate
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0013

Sleepy Hollow @ Greenwood PS

  • 456 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3HS, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Julie Kelly
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0009

Sleepy Hollow @ Gilnahirk PS

  • 148 Gilnahirk Road, Belfast BT5 7QQ, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Claire Johnston
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0008

Sleep Hollow @ Crumlin IPS

  • 27 Mill Road, Crumlin BT29 4XL, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Lisa Logan
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0006

Enrol now for September 2021

18 Locations across Northern Ireland

What parents and other professionals have to say

Through all the adversity with the government and violence in NI - Sleepy Hollow Group has not lost their passion for providing quality care and innovation in childcare to the children of NI. I think Bronagh and Diane and the pillars on which they stand are some of the most inspiring speakers I have listened to and I hope to be this passionate about childcare moving forward

Alanna Gould - feedback on Fairy Dust Teaching Confernce

Sleepy Hollow Early Childhood Centre is first class - like a little family, which helped me a lot with going back to work. Lovely staff look after our daughter and I wouldn’t go anywhere else

Christine A

Sleepy Hollow are excellent - not only does my daughter love spending time there after school and during the summer, the staff are also very good to deal with and easy to contact

Carolyn B

I would never go anywhere else for childcare, all three of my children will have been looked after by Sleepy Hollow and the care and commitment they have for each individual child is excellent.

Jayne B

My children go to Sleepy Hollow After Schools in St Therese of Lisieux on the Antrim Road. They love it - the care is excellent and the girls are very play and children focused. There is a really interesting programme during the summer. I can highly recommend.

Orchard Mum

Sleepy Hollow is a fantastic Nursery, the level of care is outstanding. I have 2 children attending Sleepy Hollow full time and they both love it and all the staff are just simply amazing - I cant recommend them enough.

Grace Davidson

My son has attended Sleepy Hollow Crumlin since he was 9 months old. The staff and management are really dedicated. This day nursery is fantastic, my son is now 8 and still enjoys his time in Sleepy Hollow, he has always been so content, happy and well looked after in Sleepy Hollow. Highly recommended!


I’ve been using this nursery for over almost two years. The Reggio Emilia approach is just amazing, I love being able to look online on my break at work to see what my kids have been up to. The staff always put the needs of the children first, their focus and the drive is always the children in their care.

Emma W

A fantastic nursery with a strong vision, beautiful environment and amazing staff. I am very happy to send my child here

Claire M

The techniques Diane and Bronagh have developed to educate parents and decision makers are fabulous

Susan Tabor - feedback on Fairy Dust Teaching conference

I love how Sleepy Hollow Group let children be children instead of giving them technology to keep them entertained

Stefanie Buley - feedback on Fairy Dust Teaching

'Sleepy Hollow are to be commended for their innovative and continuous desire to lead in the early year sector and to provide children with rich learning experiences as well as high quality care'

Inspectors feedback on 2020 report - Crumlin IPS


Eager and Able to Learn fully booked for 2018/19

Our Eager and Able to Learn Programme is now fully booked for 2018/19 but our bookings are open for 2019/20  

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Together Old and Young Project

We are delighted to be undertaking training through Intergenerational Links to complete a TOY project.  This six week training programme will give us the skills and knowledge to run a joint play partnership with The Whins fold and Lakeview nursing home in Crumlin.  At the information session held in Stranmillis College we saw the wonderful […]

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Awards & Recognition