Welcome to Bracken Hill Nursery School

A Short Background

Bracken Hill Nursery School has been in existence since 1963 and will be celebrating 50 years in 2013.

At first the school was situated in Howth village proper but has since 2000 relocated beside the GAA clubhouse on Balkill Road, boasting one of the most beautiful views in Ireland. It was also at this time that it became a Charitable Trust.

At present we can cater for 55 children, and children are grouped according to age. We have 7 qualified staff and a visiting Music Teacher comes to the school one day a week. The school is managed by Mrs Gwen Delaney, (B.A., H. Dip. ED, H. Dip Resource Teaching.)

The school operates on a 5 morning/38-week basis, 8:50hrs – 12.10hrs, the calendar mirroring that of the primary schools.

Children have an unending supply of energy and it is immediately obvious that they are happy when they are busy. Our aim is to nurture and encourage a love of learning by stimulating their curiosity in a happy, yet disciplined and structured environment.

We have over the years developed a curriculum of which we are very proud, incorporating all aspects of the child’s development. While working within a structured programme we as a Nursery School feel that learning and self-development can be taught through play and self-expression. We pride ourselves in helping to develop children who will leave us confident, articulate and eager to learn.

Current Staff

Mrs Gwen Delaney (B.A., H. Dip. ED, H. Dip Resource Teaching, Fetac 6)

Mrs Annemarie Hewson (Fetac 6, Fetac 6 specialising in special education)

Mrs Ettie Bergin (Fetac 6)

Ms Amanda McKenna (Fetac 5)

Mrs Caroline McKenna (Fetac 5)

Mrs Caroline McKenna (Fetac 5)

Mrs Janice Massey (Montessori Cert)

Ms Sharon Flanagan (Cache 6, Fetac 5)

We are also fortunate to have a visiting Music Teacher Mrs Joan McGreal (Primary School teacher) one day a week when she teaches all classes individually.

howth harbour
howth head

School address:
GAA Sports Ground
Balkill Road, Howth
Dublin 13, Ireland
Postal address:
12 Offington Drive
Sutton, Dublin 13
Manager: Gwen Delaney
Mobile: (086) 8100173
Web address:

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