Meet the Team at Magheraknock

1187DCF4BFMy name is Angeline Quinn, I am the Nursery Manager. With all my qualifications and many years experience I dreamt for a long time of opening my own nursery. Together with my husband John we designed, planned and built Safe & Sound in 2007. The setting and location of the nursery is idealic, however part of our plan was to create a homely enviroment with a welcoming atmosphere where parents can feel involved with their child’s care and children’s needs are being met to the very highest standards. My dream soon became a reality and along with myself and my highly trained and motivated staff we have built an outstanding reputation for the quality of our childcare and education. This has been recognised withthe highest accolade in the sector, the “All Ireland Centre of Excellence Award”, a mark of the highest standards.


Joanne SloanMy name is Joanne Sloan. I graduated in July 2013 from Stranmillis University College with a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies. I am the Deputy Manager at Safe & Sound Day Nursery Magheraknock. My previous experience has been working within a Nursery setting.  Since joining Safe & Sound I have continued to develop my knowledge and understanding by attending a number of training courses. I have achieved certificates for Designated Child Protection Officer, Child Protection, First Aid, Leading and Managing a Team within the Early Years Setting, Managing Performance through Professional Supervision and Appraisal, Health and Safety Awareness, Fire Safety and Risk Assessment, Level 2 food Hygiene, Nutrition Matters and Makaton Stages 1 and 2. I believe that I have been given an amazing opportunity to progress as an Early Years Professional by being offered the job as Deputy Manager of Safe & Sound Magheraknock. I have gained a great insight into the initial stages of opening a new purpose built nursery and have achieved a great amount of valuable experience and knowledge. I aim, together with Angeline, the staff, parents and children, to create a nursery which offers the highest standard of care possible for all children. “At Safe & Sound we strive for perfection and if we don’t succeed excellence will do”.


Ciara LennonMy name is Ciara Lennon and I have been working in a Day Nursery for 4 years. I have gained experience working in the baby and toddler room and more recently the pre-school room. During this time I have been promoted from a nursery assistant to a room supervisor. I have recently completed my Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Management). In order to help me further improve my knowledge and practice I have completed training in First Aid, Child Protection, Nutrition Matters, Makaton Stages 1 and 2, Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Early Movers, Designated Child Protection Officer, Level 2 Food Hygiene and Alice Sharp Training.

I Joined Safe and Sound Day Nursery in December 2015. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to work as part of a team with Angeline and the staff in order to provide a welcoming and stimulating learning environment for all the children. I am also looking forward to working in partnership with the parents to ensure they are involved in every step of their children’s learning.


Jade McCauleyMy name is Jade McCauley, I joined Safe & Sound in July 2015. I now work in the Magheraknock Nursery and work mainly with toddlers. I have a BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development Level 3. Since I began work in Safe & Sound I have completed Child Protection, First Aid, and Nutrition Matters training. At present I am attending Eager and Able to Learn training for 2 – 3 Year Olds. This has allowed me to further my knowledge and create an enhanced learning environment for the children. All this is made possible from the help and support of Angeline.


Nicola McCaughertyMy name is Nicola McCaugherty. Since joining Safe & Sound in August 2015 I have worked with the 0-2 year old children. I started Safe & Sound with my level 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and since then have been given the opportunity to work towards and achieve my Level 3. I have also completed my First Aid, Child Protection and Nutrition Matters training. Safe & Sound is a very welcoming and friendly environment where everyone works together for the benefit of the children and as a very efficient team. I come to work every morning with a smile and look forward to what each day has to offer.


Nicola McCrackenMy name is Nikki McCracken. I have been working at Safe & Sound from it opened in October 2015. I work in the 0-2 year old room and have recently been promoted to Room Supervisor. I thoroughly enjoy working with this age group and find my day fulfilled and very rewarding. I have previous experience in another Day Nursery where I gained my NVQ III in Early Years Care and Education. Since joining Safe & Sound I have completed Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection and Nutrition Matters training courses. I love the home from home environment that the nursery has to offer and enjoy working with all the children and staff.


Rebekha HenryMy name is Rebekah Henry. I am a mum of two girl’s aged 6 years old and 3 years old. I am fully qualified with my BTec National Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I have been working in Safe & Sound since October 2015. I am a nursery assistant in the toddler room which I thoroughly enjoy. Since joining Safe & Sound I have undertaking training courses such as First Aid, Child Protection and Nutrition Matters. With the support of Angeline I have been attending the Eager and Able to Learn Programme targeted at 2-3 year old children. This has allowed me to further my knowledge and implement activities that help children’s learning through enhancing their physical, social, emotional, and linguistic development. The nursery is bright, colourful, stimulating and a welcoming place for children to grow and learn through their experiences while having fun. All staff are lovely to work with and we all work well as a team which I am privileged to be a part of.

Sarah NeillMy name is Sarah Neill.  I have been working at Safe and Sound since September 2015. I work in both the Baby and Toddler rooms and enjoy both these age groups.  Since joining Safe and Sound I have been trained in Child Protection and am keen to attend other training courses that will benefit my knowledge in child development.  I really enjoy my job as it is so rewarding to see the children grow and develop whilst also having fun in a safe secure and stimulating environment.