A Warm Welcome.

Children have an unending supply of energy and it is immediately obvious that they are happiest when busy. Our aim at Bracken Hill is to nurture and encourage a love of learning by stimulating their curiosity in a happy, yet disciplined and structured environment. Over the years we have developed a curriculum of which we are very proud, incorporating all aspects of a child’s development. While working within a structured programme we as a Nursery School believe that learning and self-development can be best taught through play and self-expression. 

Our staff are selected very carefully, not only for their qualifications and experience but also for their love of children. We understand that continuity of care for the children is paramount and for that reason we are totally committed to promoting staff loyalty. We believe it's not just what you teach children that's important - it's the way you make them feel. We pride ourselves in helping to develop children who leave us confident, articulate and eager to learn.

Gwen Delaney
School Manager


Gwen Delaney

BA. H. Dip of Education & Post Grad Diploma in Special Resource teaching (Fetac level 9) (Also Fetac 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education).  

Gwen has been teaching since 1982, in a variety of teaching positions, both here and abroad. She has managed the school since 2005. "I love seeing how the children use their imaginations and creative thinking to solve problems and play games."  

Janice Massey

Montessori Teaching Qualification.

 Janice first ran her own Montessori school, moving abroad and working for several years, returning and working in a Montessori school for 4 years before joining Bracken Hill in 2000. 

Annemarie Hewson

FETAC level 6 Supervision in Childcare/ FETAC level 5 in Childcare, specializing in Special needs & Occupational first aid.

Annemarie has been working in Bracken Hill since 1984 first as an assistant and in recent years as a classroom leader. Caroline and Annemarie teach the middle age group in the school. Many will progress straight from their class to primary school and do so equipped with all the knowledge and skills they need to make a smooth transition. In the event that Mrs Delaney is away from the school, Annemarie deputises in her absence.

Caroline McKenna

FETAC level 5.

Caroline has been working here as a classroom assistant since 2002. Caroline and Annemarie teach the middle aged children in the school. Many will progress straight from their class to primary school and do so equipped with all the knowledge and skills they need to make a smooth transition.

Tara Watts

BA in Early Childcare Education.

Tara joined us in Bracken Hill in December 2016. Tara  teaches our youngest students along with Esra and Beata in a warm and caring environment making their first steps into learning enjoyable ones.

Beata Mierzwiak

Fetac 6 Advanced Qualification in Childcare

Beata has recently joined us in the school. She works in the younger class with Tara. Her association with us began when her two children came to us and she has proved a great asset. She is originally from Poland but has now made her home here. 

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Bracken Hill Nursery School, Binn Eadair GAA Grounds, Balkill Road, Howth. Ph: (086) 8100173, Hello@brackenhillnursery.ie