Established in 2003, Big Red Balloon offers families a homely, caring and stimulating environment within our bright and colourful rooms. We maintain a child-centered approach whereby all activities are freely accessible and incorporate natural and heuristic materials. Our location and enclosed garden allow for extended learning outdoors. We believe that this child-led approach to learning provides the best outcomes in early years education.

As an All Ireland Centre of Excellence we continually self-evaluate our practice ensuring the highest standards in day care.


Baby Room
Toddler Room
Pre-school Room

Day Nursery

6 weeks – 5 years

7.30am to 6.00pm

Part-time sessions also available


Red Balloon Club

P1 – P7

7.30am to 6.00pm

Registered and monitored by South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

CCTV installed throughout

Balanced and Nutritious Meals

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6 Weeks to 2 Years

Our babies enjoy a large, bright and cosy play room. They also have the luxury of another play room in which they can extend their learning and develop their senses through a variety of messy activities such as painting and play dough. The separate cot room is equipped with a large viewing panel and baby monitors.

When starting nursery, we offer a settling in period for every child during which you can come to nursery for short visits, these sessions are free of charge.

2 to 3 years

Our toddler room is very bright and colourful and equipped with enough toys and activities to keep even the most inquisitive and energetic toddlers busy! We organise our rooms to allow play to be child-led with everything freely available and accessible to the children at all times.

3 to 5 years

Pre-school children are starting to become much more independent. The flexibility of the pre-school programme allows for children's different abilities and interests.  The play environment is developmentally appropriate and provides a wide variety of interesting and challenging experiences.

Funded Pre-School places also available.


Our 16 space playgroup for children in their final pre-school year is funded by the local Education Authority and is inspected by ETI. Opening hours are 8.50am - 11.30am, Monday to Friday. Wrap-around care also available subject to availability.

Red Balloon Club
P1 - P7

Red Balloon Club provides an early morning Breakfast Club from 7.30am with school drop off service. We also collect children from a variety of Primary Schools in the Bangor area.

Our purpose-built extension is packed with age appropriate games and activities. Children can also enjoy some relaxation time after a hard day at school, have a healthy snack and make a start on their homework.

During school holidays, children enrolled in Red balloon Club can take part in fun activities and organised outings from 8.00am – 6pm.

Breakfast Club and School Drop off:

from 7.30am (Term-time)

School Collection:

End of school – 6.00pm (Term-time)

School Holidays:

7.30am – 6.00pm


The nursery is privately owned by Caroline Bell and managed by Sheena Black.

Each age-group has its own dedicated Supervisor and Nursery Assistants. We also have an excellent bank of relief staff to cover holidays and assist with outings and special occasions. All our staff are provided with training opportunities and are encouraged to continue their own personal and professional development.

All members of staff are trained in Child Protection and First Aid and have Access NI Clearance.


Big Red Balloon is located in the most perfect position for a day nursery. On the edge of Ward Arras Playing Fields and Ward park, we can make full use of our beautiful surroundings without even crossing a road.

Contact us

‘The Clare’, 64 Broadway, Bangor.
Co Down, BT20 4RG

Tel: (028) 9147 1147


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