Welcome To Sleepy Hollow Group

We are Northern Ireland's leading Reggio inspired early childhood centre caring for babies to five year olds in natural surroundings. We are also specialists in school age childcare offering wraparound childcare provision within 14 leading primary schools in Northern Ireland

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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 is becoming the norm in early years settings now, it is important to understand how this fits in with your organisations 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.


Sleepy Hollow @ Our Lady Queen of Peace PS

  • Facility Manager
  • Caitlin Duffy
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0012

Sleepy Hollow Group @ Killowen Primary School

  • Facility Manager
  • Claire Gorman
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0010

Sleepy Hollow @ Victoria PS

  • East Street, Newtownards BT23 7DD, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Victoria Patrick
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0020

Sleepy Hollow @ Strandtown

  • North Road, Belfast BT4 3DJ, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Lisa McAleenan (on maternity leave) - Kaylani Yadav
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0019

Sleepy Hollow @ St Therese of Lisieux

  • 472 Antrim Road, Belfast, BT15 5GF
  • Facility Manager
  • Joanna Davis
  • 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
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0016

Sleepy Hollow @ St Josephs PS

  • 31 Holland Drive, Belfast BT5 6EH, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Megan Carson
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0015

Sleepy Hollow @ St Itas PS

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

Sleepy Hollow @ St Bernards PS

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

Sleepy Hollow @ McKinney PS

  • 3 Leathemstown Road, Dundrod, Crumlin, BT29 4HX, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Julie Ann Price
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0011

Sleepy Hollow @ Greenwood PS

  • 456 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3HS, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Lara Emslie
  • 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

Sleepy Hollow @ Forthill PS

  • Low Road, Lisburn BT27 4TJ, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Alex Harvey (on maternity leave) - Kirsten Belshaw
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0007

Sleep Hollow @ Crumlin IPS

  • 27 Mill Road, Crumlin BT29 4XL, UK
  • Facility Manager
  • Lisa Logan (on Maternity Leave) - Ashling Cahill
  • Phone Number
  • 028 9069 3419 ext 0006

Enrol now for 2018

16 Locations across Northern Ireland

What The
Parents Say

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

My son has attended the wrap around care facility at Gilnahirk Primary for about 4 years. He enjoys it and I love the staff. My 2nd child will be joining in the summer and he can't wait

Rebecca W

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


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