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‘I set up a nursery to care for children with disabilities’

Paediatric nurse Kathryn Brown set up Nana G’s nursery in Portadown, one of the only nurseries in Northern Ireland to care for children with complex needs.

The charity Contact, which supports families with disabled children across the UK, says almost three quarters of parents who have children with additional needs are effectively 'locked out of the labour market' because of a lack of affordable, good quality childcare.

Kathryn says one of the reasons she set up the nursery was so “children of all different types of needs can come together and mix in one place”.

Firefighter Lisa’s two-and -a-half year-old son Shae has a cleft lip and palate and CHARGE syndrome.

She says it was “quite hard to hand him over at first” but Kathryn’s nursing background means “he’s in excellent hands”.

“It makes it easier for me to walk back out of the door and go to work.”

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