Foreword Dear Parent

Foreword
Dear Parent
This booklet sets out the procedure by which parents/guardians apply for a
place for their children in a nursery school, nursery unit or private/voluntary
group within the pre-school education expansion programme. It also
contains information on all nursery schools, nursery units and
private/voluntary funded groups in the Belfast Education and Library
Board’s/Education Skills Authority area, including details of the admissions
criteria to be used by each provider.
You have the right to express a preference for the setting which you would
like your child to attend and to apply for admission to that setting. This
booklet has been prepared to help you make an informed choice and I would
ask you to read it carefully.
All providers are good but each is unique and some may meet the needs of
your child better than others.
This is a very exciting stage in your child’s life as it bridges the gap between
home and school and marks the beginning of their educational careers. I
hope that this booklet will help guide you smoothly through the procedures
which the Government has established. If, however, you require any
additional information or assistance please do not hesitate to contact the
board’s transfer/open enrolment officer telephone number 028
90564080/90564284 who will be glad to help.
Yours sincerely
Dr Clare Mangan
Chief Executive
PLEASE NOTE
This book contains references to the Education and Library Boards (ELBS)
and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS). During the course
of this coming academic year it is planned that the ELBS AND CCMS will be
dissolved and their functions transfer to the new Education and Skills Authority
(ESA). Therefore all references in this book to the ELBs and CCMS should be
interpreted as applying to ESA when it comes into operation.
Glossary of Terms used in this Booklet
Admissions
Criteria
The criteria drawn up by the Board of Governors of each school/management
of the voluntary or private provider and applied in order to select the children
to be admitted if the school/pre-school setting is over subscribed.
Controlled School
Controlled schools are managed and funded by the five ELBs through school
Boards of Governors (BoG). A BoG consist of representatives of transferors
along with representatives of parents, teachers and ELBs.
Enrolment Number The maximum number of children which a pre-school setting may have on its
register at any time, as determined by the Department of Education.
Independent
Appeal Tribunal
A tribunal set up by the Education and Library Board, but independent of it,
which hears appeals lodged by parents/guardians against the decisions of
Boards of Governors.
Integrated
School
These schools seek to add value to the education process by inviting
Protestants and Catholics to come together with other traditions in order to
improve their understanding of one another, their own cultures, religions and
values. Each grant maintained integrated school is managed by a Board of
Governors consisting of trustees or foundation governors along with parents,
teachers and DE representatives.
Irish-Medium
School
A school or unit within a school where teaching and learning takes place
through the Irish language.
Nursery Unit
An approved unit providing formal nursery education, managed as part of a
primary school.
Pre-school
Provider/Setting
Funded pre-school places are available from a range of providers in a variety
of settings – nursery schools, nursery units, reception classes in primary
places and voluntary and private playgroups and day nurseries in receipt of
funded places.
Socially
Disadvantaged
Circumstances
For the purposes of enrolment in pre-school this means a child whose parent
is in receipt of Income Support or Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance:
where an award of Income Support has been ‘converted’ into an Employment
and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed that
the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be
treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Statutory
Criteria
Criteria which the law states that schools must apply before applying their
sub-criteria.
Sub-Criteria
If within one admission criterion there is oversubscription, some schools will
apply a clearly defined set of sub-criteria to identify the children to be
admitted.
Target Age
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Underage
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
Voluntary
Voluntary maintained schools are managed by a BoG nominated by trustees
Maintained School along with parents, teachers and ELB representatives.
Please Note: This booklet contains references to the Education and Library Boards (ELB’s) and the
Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS). It is planned that the ELB’s and CCMS will be
dissolved and their functions transferred to the new Education and Skills Authority (ESA). Therefore
all references in this booklet to the ELB’s and CCMS should be interpreted as applying to ESA
should it come into operation.
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USEFUL ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Contact details for the Transfer Officers located within each ELB and for the Department’s School
Access Team are provided below.
Mrs Patricia Hughes
Belfast Education & Library Board
40 Academy Street
BELFAST
BT1 2NQ
Tel; 028 90564080
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.belb.org.uk
Mrs Maxine Harris
North Eastern Education & Library Board
County Hall
182 Galgorm Road
BALLYMENA
BT42 1HN
Tel: 028 25662306
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.neelb.org.uk
Mrs Mairead Maguire
Southern Education & Library Board
3 Charlemont Place
ARMAGH
BT61 9AZ
Tel: 028 37512200
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: selb.org.uk
Mrs Florence McCaw
South-Eastern Education & Library Board
Grahamsbridge Road
Dundonald
BELFAST
BT16 2HS
Tel: 028 90566200
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: seelb.org.uk
Mrs Liane Armstrong
Western Education & Library Board
Campsie House
1 Hospital Road
OMAGH
BT79 0AW
Tel: 028 82411571
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: welbni.org.uk
Department of Education
School Access Team
Rathgael House
Balloo Road
BANGOR
BT19 7PR
Tel: 028 91279326
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.deni.gov.uk
Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS)
160 High Street
Holywood
BELFAST
BT18 9HT
Tel: 028 9042 6792
E-mail: [email protected]
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ENROLMENT IN PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION: KEY DATES
STAGE 1
(Friday, 10 January 2014 – Friday, 4 April 2014)
CONSIDERATION OF TARGET AGE CHILDREN ONLY
(i.e. children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011)
Friday, 10 January 2014
(not later than 12 noon)
Closing date for receipt of parents’/guardians’
application forms to first preference providers.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Final date for receipt and consideration of new
applications (will be considered as a late
application), additional information and changes of
preference in exceptional circumstances within
Stage 1. Anything received after this date will not be
considered until Stage 2 (i.e. after 4 April 2014).
Friday, 4 April 2014
Issue
of
letters
by
providers
advising
parents/guardians of the setting for which their
target age children have been accepted;
and
Issue of letters by the Education Boards advising
parents/guardians of those target age children who
have not been offered a place, advising where
places are still available (if any) and how to apply for
these.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
(not later than 4pm)
Final date for notice of intention to appeal against
*nursery schools’/units’ decisions to be received by
Boards in respect of children not selected for
admission during Stage 1.
*(ONLY applies to Nursery Schools/Units as there is
no right of appeal against a voluntary/private
provider.)
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ENROLMENT IN PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION: KEY DATES (cont’d)
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
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STAGE 2
(Monday, 7 April 2014 – Friday, 30 May 2014)
CONSIDERATION OF:
TARGET AGE CHILDREN WHO WERE UNPLACED IN STAGE 1 FOR
WHOM FURTHER PREFERENCES HAVE BEEN NOMINATED;
NEW APPLICATIONS FOR TARGET AGE CHILDREN; AND
ALL UNDERAGE CHILDREN
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Date by which additional preferences for unplaced
target age children are to be returned to Boards.
New applications or additional preferences received
after this date will be considered as ‘late’ and will not
be considered in Stage 2 until all punctual target age
applicants have been processed.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Final date for receipt and consideration of new
applications, additional information and changes of
preference in exceptional circumstances within
Stage
2.
After
this
date
any
new
applications/additional
information/changes
of
preference should be sent directly to the provider(s)
of the parent’s choice for consideration after 30 May
2014.
Friday, 30 May 2014
Issue of letters by providers advising parents of the
setting for which their child has been accepted;
and
Issue of letters by Boards advising parents whose
children have not been offered a place and advising
where places are still available (if any).
Friday, 13 June 2014
(not later than 4pm)
Final date for notice of intention to appeal against
*nursery schools’/units’ decisions to be received by
Boards in respect of children not selected for
admission during Stage 2.
*(ONLY applies to Nursery Schools/Units as there is
no right of appeal against a voluntary/private
provider.)
NOTE: A target age child will always get priority over an underage applicant during the
Admission Process (From 10 January 2014 to 30 May 2014).
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PROCEDURE FOR ENROLMENT AND FURTHER INFORMATION
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Which children qualify for pre-school education?
Pre-school places are available for those children who are in the target age group i.e. who were
born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 (inclusive). If there are still places available underage
children i.e. those born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 MAY also be admitted – but funded
places for these children are only available in nursery schools or nursery units. Voluntary/private
settings normally accept children from three years of age but only those born between 2 July 2010
and 1 July 2011 will be eligible for a funded place. The target age groups are outlined in the
statutory criteria for each pre-school setting.
Priority will be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission.
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Where are pre-school places available and how do I obtain further information?
This booklet provides information on pre-school places available in:

Nursery Schools

Primary Schools with Nursery Units in the Board’s area

Voluntary/Private settings that have pre-school places funded by the Board
(hereafter called providers)
Funded pre-school places in the voluntary and private sector only applies to part-time provision
(normally 5 sessions per week, each lasting at least 2½ hours per day during the school year). In
nursery schools and primary schools with nursery units, attendance takes the form of full day (4½
hours per day) or part-time (2½ hours per day, either morning or afternoon sessions). A few
schools have both full-time and part-time sessions. Information on the duration of
classes/sessions is listed in this booklet under the detail for each provider.
All funded pre-school education centres must follow common curricular guidance to plan and
organise the children’s learning and are inspected regularly by the Education and Training
Inspectorate.
Parents/guardians should be aware that pre-school providers may levy charges for certain
services offered (e.g. snacks, lunches, extra-curricular activities) once a child is admitted to a
pre-school setting. Any such charges should not relate to the delivery of the pre-school
curriculum, and for non-statutory providers (i.e. voluntary or private providers) should not relate to
the minimum period of 2.5 hours pre-school education which is funded by the Department of
Education. Charges may vary between providers, so parents/guardians may wish to clarify with
their preferred providers the extent of any applicable charges prior to submitting an application.
A child is only entitled to one funded place in a school or playgroup or private nursery e.g.
a child may not have a funded place in a playgroup in the morning and attend a nursery
school in the afternoon.
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Reception Class Provision
In addition to the pre-school providers listed in this booklet some primary schools have reception
classes for children who have reached their 4th birthday but are under compulsory school age (i.e.
children born after 1 July 2010). Arrangements for admissions to these reception classes are entirely
different to those relating to nursery classes. Parents/Guardians may apply to both using separate
application forms for nursery and reception. Information is contained in the Primary School Admissions
Information Booklets available from the primary school in which you are interested or from the Open
Enrolment Office.
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Should I arrange for my child to transfer from a funded pre-school place to a reception
class in a primary school from his/her 4th birthday?
Department of Education advice is that this would not be in your child’s best interests.
Transferring your child to a reception class during the year is disruptive to his/her educational and
social development and should be avoided. In addition, advice from the Department’s Education
and Training Inspectorate (ETI) is that while some reception provision is of a good standard, the
quality of provision across the sector is uneven.
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Paying Places
Many voluntary, private playgroups and private day nurseries may also have fee-paying places
available for pre-school children. The arrangements for admission as described in this booklet, do
not apply to fee-paying places. Parents/Guardians should make direct contact with these
providers.
While there is no guarantee that a child will receive a funded pre-school education place during
the child’s final year of pre-compulsory education, the objective of the Pre-School Education
Programme is to have a good quality pre-school education place for every child in the final year of
pre-compulsory education, whose parents/guardians wish to avail of such a place. While it would
be the Board’s wish to match provision to parental preference, it is recognised that a minority of
parents/guardians will not be able to access a funded place in their preferred education setting.
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Must my child go to pre-school?
No. Pre-school education is not compulsory, however good quality pre-school education has
important benefits. Parents make application for a funded place on the understanding that
their child will attend for 5 days per week. This will enable your child to benefit fully from a
quality pre-school experience.
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Where can I get an application form?
Application forms can be obtained from any provider listed in this book (preferably your first
choice) or from the Board’s website: www.belb.org.uk /Application for admission to Pre-School
Education.
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Completion of Application Form
A sample copy of the application form is set out on pages 14-15. Only one application form can
be submitted and on it list all the providers where you would be willing to accept a place
(continue on a separate sheet if required). All parents seeking a funded pre-school place for their
child must complete an application form, even if their child’s name is already on a waiting list for
admission.
SECTION A
Complete your child’s name, date of birth, home address including house number and postcode, and
parent/guardian’s details.
SECTION B
This section allows you to list up to six preferences i.e. six places where you would consider sending
your child and to state the reasons for your preferences. You are strongly advised to list more than
one preference, as there is no guarantee that you will be successful in obtaining a place at your first
preference provider as they may receive more applications than they have funded places. Only list
the providers that are included in the boards’ booklets and ensure that the published name (not local
name) is used. If a provider has more applications than places, it must select children for admission
by applying the admissions criteria. It is vitally important that you give the provider all the information
that is relevant to either the statutory criteria or the sub-criteria determined by the provider. If all
applicants meet the statutory criteria, it is the individual provider’s sub-criteria that determine which
children are selected for admission.
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These sub-criteria could include whether the child has a family connection with the school/playgroup
e.g. a brother or sister previously attended, the distance of a child’s home to the school/playgroup,
etc.
If you do not put the information on the form as to how your child meets a particular criterion then the
provider cannot give your child consideration under this criterion. Some further examples of relevant
information are given on the form but you should examine the criteria of those providers that you are
listing as preferences, consider how your child meets these and list this under each of your preferences
and attach any verifying documents if requested by each provider.
Preferences - The legislation recognises up to two preferences to a provider where full-time and
part-time places are available. This means if you would prefer a full-time place for your child at a
provider but would also be willing to accept as a lower preference a part-time place you should name
that provider twice on the form. This can be consecutively but this is not necessarily the case, e.g.
1
2
3
Provider A
Provider B
Provider A
full-time place
full-time place
part-time place
However, the legislation does not differentiate between a part-time morning session and a part-time
afternoon session. The distribution of part-time places i.e. a morning or an afternoon session is a
matter for the provider.
SECTION C
The statutory criteria require providers to give preference to children from socially disadvantaged
circumstances in their target age year. This is defined by the Department of Education as a child
whose parent is in receipt of Income Support or Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance: where an
award of Income Support has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the
Social Security Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent
should continue to be treated as in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’. When parents/guardians
apply for places for their child on this basis they must have their application form stamped by the
Social Security Agency to confirm they are in receipt of Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker’s
Allowance or Employment Support Allowance where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the level of benefit remains the same.
NB The onus is on parents/guardians to ensure that the form is stamped and submitted to the
first preference setting by 12 noon on or before Friday 10 January 2014.
SECTION D
Read the declarations, sign and date the form. If you are in any doubt or there are points which you
wish to clarify attach an explanatory note. If a parent/guardian gives false or misleading information
(e.g. date of birth, home address) and because of this the child obtains a place, the place will be
withdrawn. If you are in doubt you should check with the first preference principal/playgroup leader
and/or obtain advice from the Board.
Verifying Documents

Birth Certificates are required with the application form.
Some providers request other verification documents with the application form. Others indicate that
they may contact parents/guardians if they require further documentation.
Please read the admissions criteria carefully, not just for your first preference provider but for
all the providers named on your application form.
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Where documents are requested before/during the procedure, acceptance will be conditional on
documents being supplied, and it is important that they are submitted within the timescale requested
by the provider.
The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide verifying documents according
to the required deadline may result in either the withdrawal of a place or the inability of a provider to
offer a place.
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Who do I return the form to?
The form must be completed and returned with a copy of your child’s birth certificate to your first
preference provider by 12 noon on or before Friday 10 January 2014.
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Admissions Procedure
(a) How do pre-school providers decide who to accept?
If a pre-school provider has sufficient places all eligible children will be accepted. If a provider has
more applications than funded places it will be required, by law, to give priority to:
i. children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* in their final pre-school year i.e. born
between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 (inclusive);
ii. children not falling within sub-paragraph (i.) in their final pre-school year;
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance: where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency
has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be
treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Pre-school providers will implement this legal requirement through application of the statutory
admission criteria. If there are more applications meeting a particular statutory criterion than there are
places available then the provider will select between these applicants by applying its own subcriteria. These sub-criteria normally differ from provider to provider.
The admissions procedure is in two stages:
Stage 1 of the procedure (Friday 10 January 2014 – Friday 4 April 2014) deals only with target age
children.
Stage 2 of the procedure (Monday 7 April 2014 – Friday 30 May 2014) deals with those target age
children who did not secure a place in Stage 1 and who have now nominated further preferences
from a list of settings with vacant places and those children not yet in their target age year i.e.
underage.
NB: A target age child will always get priority over an underage pre-school age child during the
admissions procedure.
(b) Application of the criteria/procedure
Stage 1 (Friday 10 January 2014 – Friday 4 April 2014)
At stage one only applications for children in their target age year will be considered.

If there are more places available than there are applications, then the provider will accept all
these applications.

If there are more applications than places available, then the Board of Governors/Management
Committee must select children for admission by firstly applying the statutory criteria in order and, if
necessary, their sub-criteria. The application forms of those children not selected will be returned to the Board
for onward transmission to the next provider named on the application form.
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This procedure continues until: The child is selected by a provider named on the form.

All preferences named have not selected the child.

The time allowed for Stage 1 has elapsed.
During Stage 1 - Changes of preferences in Exceptional Circumstances/New applications/
Additional information
Apart from those necessitated by exceptional circumstances, no changes of preference will be
processed during Stage 1. If you wish to change your preference, for any reason other than in
exceptional circumstances, you must withdraw the original application and submit a new application.
If this occurs after 12 noon on Friday 10 January 2014 your new application will be treated as a Late
application. If you wish to change your preference because of exceptional circumstances eg change
of address which necessitates a change or preference, you must submit a written request for a
change of preference to the Board for approval along with verification of the exceptional
circumstances. If approved, the Board will amend the original application form and send it to the new
first preference provider. If the original form was received on time by the original first preference
provider, it will be regarded by the new first preference provider as a punctual, First Preference
application. The final date by which the Board will process any changes necessitated by exceptional
circumstances is Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 4.00 pm.
Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 4.00 pm is also the final date by which the Board will process any
additional information or new applications. After this date changes of preference in exceptional
circumstances/additional information/new applications will not be processed until Stage 2 (Monday 7
April 2014 – Friday 30 May 2014).
Recalling children refused admission within Stage 1
If any places subsequently become available in an oversubscribed setting (between Monday 7 April 2014
– Friday 30 May 2014) these places should be allocated immediately to any children refused admission
in Stage 1 and according to their place in the rank order at the end of Stage 1.
Stage 2 (Monday 7 April 2014 - Friday 30 May 2014)
At this stage school based providers with places available consider applications received for target aged
children who were unplaced at the end of Stage 1 and who have now nominated further preferences and
applications received for underage children along with any new applications.
Voluntary and private providers with places available will consider applications for target age children who
were unplaced at the end of Stage 1 who have now nominated further preferences and any new applications
from target aged children. These settings are not permitted to consider applications from underage children.
The procedure similar to that described for Stage 1 will operate.
During Stage 2 - Changes of
applications/Additional information
preferences
in
Exceptional
Circumstances/
New
Apart from those necessitated by exceptional circumstances, no changes of preference will be
processed during Stage 2. If you wish to change your preference, for any reason other than in
exceptional circumstances, you must withdraw the original application and submit a new application.
If this occurs after 12 noon on Wednesday 30 April 2014 your new application will be treated as a
Late application in Stage 2. If you wish to change your preference because of exceptional
circumstances eg change of address which necessitates a change or preference, you must submit a
written request for a change of preference to the Board for approval along with verification of the
exceptional circumstances. If approved, the Board will amend the original application form and send
it to the new first preference provider. If the original form was received on time by the original first
preference provider, it will be regarded by the new first preference provider as a punctual, First
Preference application.
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The final date by which the Board will process any changes necessitated by exceptional
circumstances is Wednesday 7 May 2014 at 4.00 pm.
Wednesday 7 May 2014 at 4.00 pm is also the final date by which the Board will process any new
applications/additional information.
After this date changes of preference in exceptional
circumstances/additional information/new applications should be communicated directly to the
provider(s) of your choice for consideration after Friday 30 May 2014.
Except in relation to the appeals procedure, the Pre-School Admission Procedure concludes on
Friday 30 May 2014.
Waiting Lists – please refer to each individual providers policy if you wish your child’s name
to be placed on a waiting list should a vacancy arise in an over-subscribed provider after 30
May 2014.
(c) When would my application be considered late?
Stage 1: Friday 10 January 2014 - Friday 4 April 2014
Consideration of applications from target age children ONLY (i.e. born between 2 July 2010 and 1
July 2011).
If your application is received after 12 noon on the 10 January 2014 your application will be treated
as late and will not be considered until all punctual target age applications are considered. If the
setting has less applications than available places (i.e. undersubscribed) your child will be offered a
place.
Please note, that due to the restrictions of the timetable, it may not be possible to process all the
preferences listed on an application form by Friday 4 April 2014.
Note: If your application is received after Wednesday 19 March 2014 it will not be considered until
Stage 2 of the procedure.
Boards do not have the discretion to treat an application received after 12 noon on 10 January 2014
as punctual.
Stage 2: Monday 7 April 2014 – Friday 30 May 2014
Consideration of new applications and additional preferences from target age children not placed in
Stage 1. Applications from underage children will also be considered at this stage by Nursery
Schools and Nursery Units only. Unplaced target aged children whose application was ‘late’ in Stage
1 will now be treated on an equal basis with all other applications in Stage 2.
Any new applications/additional information/additional preferences received after Wednesday 30 April 2014 will
be considered as ‘late’ in Stage 2. Whilst these will be processed up until Wednesday 7 May 2014 they will not
be considered until all punctual target age applications are considered.
Please note, that due to the restrictions of the timetable, it may not be possible to process all the
preferences listed on an application form by Friday 30 May 2014.
Underage Applicants (children born between 2 July 2011 – 1 July 2012)
If your application is received after 12 noon on Friday 10 January 2014 it is late and will only be
considered in Stage 2 of the process if the nursery schools/units listed are undersubscribed.
(d) When will I be notified?
There are two dates of notification:
i. Stage 1 – Target Aged Children (i.e. born between 2 July 2010 – 1 July 2011)
Providers will issue letters to this group on Friday 4 April 2014 advising those parents/guardians
whose children they are accepting. The board will also advise parents/guardians of those children
not selected by any provider and will include information regarding places available, if any, and a
request for further preferences for Stage 2.
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ii. Stage 2 – Underage Children (i.e. born between 2 July 2011 – 1 July 2012)
Providers will issue letters to this group on Friday 30 May 2014 advising those parents/guardians whose
children they are accepting AND to all other selected applicants (i.e. those pre-school children not
selected at Stage 1). The board will also advise parents/guardians of those children not selected by any
provider and will include information regarding places available, if any.
(e) When will any document(s) that I have attached to my application form be returned to me?
All original documents will be returned to you by the provider where your child is placed. The Board
will return all documents to those who have been unsuccessful in securing a pre-school place on
Friday 30 May 2014.
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Can I submit more than one application?
NO. If you submit more than one application form you will have made a false declaration. In the event
that parents are discovered to have lodged more than one application form, then the first application
lodged will be treated as the formal expression of parental preference and all other application forms
will not be processed.
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Can I indicate preferences for settings in different board areas on the same form?
Yes. All Boards operate the same system.
10 Can I indicate a preference for a non-funded place on the form?
The open enrolment procedure only relates to the provision of funded places. If you are interested in a
paying place at a voluntary or private provider you should contact the provider directly. If you do
name a paying place on the application form, the board will not process this preference but will uplift the next
preference listed that has funded places and process accordingly.
11 Do I need to complete a new application form if my child is already attending a Nursery
School/Unit?
Yes. There will be no automatic entitlement to a second year pre-school education placement.
12 Appeals
(a) Can I appeal against a decision not to admit my child?
Only in the case of applications made to a nursery school or nursery unit can you appeal to an
Independent Appeal Tribunal. However, the Tribunal’s powers are limited. An appeal can only be
brought on the grounds that the school’s criteria were not applied or were not correctly applied in
deciding to refuse a child admission to the school/unit.
There is no right of appeal to the Independent Appeal Tribunal against a decision by a private or
voluntary provider or where a parent has indicated a preference for a morning part-time place and an
afternoon part-time place is offered (or vice versa).
An Independent Appeal Tribunal only has the power to consider appeals against the allocation of a fulltime or a part-time place. It does not have the power to distinguish between a morning part-time and an
afternoon part-time place therefore there is no right of appeal.
Members can only consider information available to the Board of Governors at the time it made its
decision. New evidence cannot be considered.
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(b)
How do I appeal?
You must write to the Clerk of the Appeal Tribunal (Nursery), Belfast Education and Library Board,
Belfast, BT1 2NQ indicating your intention to appeal and this must be received in writing on or before:
4.00 pm on Wednesday 23 April 2014 for Stage 1 children
4.00 pm on Friday 13 June 2014 for Stage 2 children
Please give your child’s name, date of birth and the nursery school(s)/unit(s) that you wish to appeal
against.
NB: At the time of going to print, this booklet provides details of presently approved preschool providers. It should be noted however that providers can withdraw from the scheme.
The Department of Education has indicated that in order to qualify for funded places a
provider must have enrolled at least 8 children in their immediate pre-school year.
Parents/Guardians should be aware therefore that providers can be required to withdraw, or
may withdraw voluntarily, from the scheme at any time. In the unlikely event that this happens
the Board will uplift the next preference listed that has funded places and process
accordingly.
The information in this booklet relates to the 2014/15 school year and all information is correct
at time of going to print.
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FOR PRE-SCHOOL USE
Received by 1st preference provider
Date
Time
Initials
Birth Certificate checked & attached
Target Age
Young Age
EDUCATION AND LIBRARY BOARDS OF NI
Please Note: This application form contains references to the Education and Library Boards (ELBs). It is
planned that the ELBs will be dissolved and their functions will transfer to the new Education and Skills
Authority (ESA). Therefore all references on this form to the ELBs should be interpreted as applying to
ESA when it comes into operation.
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION IN THE 2014/15 SCHOOL YEAR
Please read the Board’s Information Booklet(s) before completing this form. Pay particular attention to the guidance on
completing the form and the Admissions Criteria of the schools/playgroups/private nurseries which you are nominating as
preferences. Schools/playgroups/private nurseries are hereafter called providers. This form only refers to applications to
providers with places funded by a Board.
PLEASE COMPLETE IN BLACK INK
SECTION A YOUR CHILD
Child’s Surname* ___________________________
Child’s Forename(s)*
(*as recorded on birth certificate)
Boy 
Girl
Child’s Date of Birth _______________ BIRTH CERTIFICATE SHOULD BE ATTACHED TO THIS FORM
Name(s) of Parent(s) or Guardian(s) Dr/Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms
Child’s Home Address __________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________ Postcode ____________________
Parent’s/Guardian’s Tel Number: (Home)___________________ (Work)_________________ (Mobile)________________
SECTION B PREFERENCES, SESSIONS, AND REASONS FOR PREFERENCE
Before completing this section you should read the admissions criteria. Providers cannot be held responsible for refusing your
child a place if you do not detail the relevant information on this form or do not attach any documentation requested. Relevant
information MAY include: nearest provider to child’s home; living in Parish; eldest child; brother(s)/sister(s) are attending or have
attended; details of special circumstances (evidence may be required). Where a school provider has both full-time and part-time
sessions you may have to list the school twice as a preference. Under SESSION below please record your preferences – tick FT (Fulltime) or PT (Part-time).
(NOTE: FT is usually 4½ hours per day, 5 days per week. PT is usually 2 ½ hours per day, 5 days per week)
If you do not nominate sufficient preferences there is a possibility your child will not secure a pre-school place.
SESSION (see above)
For Board Use
PREFERENCES State Name of Provider and reasons
Selected
Not
(FT
or
PT)
for preference which relate to Admissions Criteria
Selected
please
tick

(continue on a separate sheet if necessary)
FT
1st ______________________________________________
OR
PT
Reasons for preference: _________________________________________________________________
FT
2nd _____________________________________________
OR
PT
Reasons for preference: _________________________________________________________________
FT
3rd _____________________________________________
OR
PT
Reasons for preference: _________________________________________________________________
FT
4th _____________________________________________
OR
PT
Reasons for preference: _________________________________________________________________
FT
5th _____________________________________________
OR
PT
Reasons for preference: _________________________________________________________________
FT
6th _____________________________________________
OR
PT
Reasons for preference: _________________________________________________________________
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PLEASE READ THE ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ALL PROVIDERS NAMED OVERLEAF AND LIST BELOW THE
DOCUMENTS, IF ANY, WHICH YOU ARE ATTACHING TO THIS FORM.
If you have further preferences please continue on a separate sheet and put the name of your child at the top.
Please tick if further preferences are attached:
Please tick if your child is being assessed for Special Educational Needs
SECTION C SOCIAL DISADVANTAGE
If you are claiming priority because of social disadvantage you MUST take this form to your local Social Security Office
where the information below will be completed. The providers will not be able to give priority unless the box below has
been stamped by the Social Security Agency.
Entitled to Income Support
Entitled to Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
Entitled to Employment Support Allowance (*providing the conditions below are met)
NB:
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income Support or
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance: where an award of Income Support has been ‘converted’ into an
Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit
remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged
circumstances’.
Name of person holding entitlement:
____________________________________________________________
SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE OFFICIAL STAMP
Certified by _______________________
Date _____________________________
SECTION D
DECLARATION
I confirm that:(a) This form is used to list all providers regardless of board area.
(b) This is the ONLY application form submitted for pre-school education in respect of the child named overleaf.
NB: In the event that parents/guardians are discovered to have lodged more than one application form, then the first application
lodged will be treated as the formal expression of parental preference and all other application forms will not be considered.
(c) I have read the published Admissions Criteria of the providers nominated overleaf.
(d) I am aware that my child can only avail of ONE funded place in a school/playgroup or private nursery.
(e) The address I have given is the child’s home address and NOT the address of a child minder/another relative or a business
address.
(f) I understand that it is my responsibility to provide all relevant information on or attached to this application form.
(g) The details I have given on this form are correct. I am aware if a place is awarded on the basis of false information it will
be withdrawn.
Signed
(Parent/Guardian)
Date
THIS FORM MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE FIRST PREFERENCE PROVIDER NO LATER THAN
12 NOON ON FRIDAY 10 JANUARY 2014
DATA PROTECTION STATEMENT – The information on this form is required by the Board for the purpose of processing
your application. The information is covered by the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. Your signature to the form is
deemed to be an authorisation by you to allow the Board to process and retain the information for the purpose(s) stated.
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Alphabetical Index
Name of Nursery School / Unit
Arellian Nursery School, Belfast, BT12 5NS
Avoniel Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT5 4SF
Ballysillan Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT14 8LT
Bethlehem Nursery School, Belfast, BT6 0BW
Black Mountain Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT13 3TT
Botanic Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT7 1QY
Brefne Nursery School, Belfast, BT15 5EH
Cathedral Nursery School, Belfast, BT12 4HB
Cliftonville Integrated Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT14 6JQ
Dundela Infants’ Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT4 3BL
Edenderry Nursery School, Belfast, BT13 3GW
Euston Street Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT6 9AG
Fane Street Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT9 7BW
Gaelscoil Na Bhfal Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT12 6AW
Glenbank Nursery School, Belfast, BT14 8BW
Glendhu Nursery School, Belfast, BT2 2RJ
Greenwood Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT4 3HS
Harmony Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT13 3SY
Hazelwood Integrated Primary School Nursery Unit, Newtownabbey, BT36 7EN
Holy Child Nursery School, Belfast, BT11 8JP
Holy Child Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT11 8JF
Holy Cross Nursery School, Belfast, BT14 7NZ
Holy Family Nursery School, Belfast, BT15 2HR
Holy Rosary Nursery School, Belfast, BT7 3DB
Hope Nursery School, Belfast, BT13 1DN
Knocknagoney Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT4 2NR
Lowwood Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT15 4BL
Matt Talbot Nursery School, Belfast, BT12 7HS
McArthur Nursery School, Belfast, BT5 4FE
Naiscoil an tSleibhe Dhuibh, Belfast, BT12 7JL
Naiscoil Bheann Mhadagain, Belfast, BT14 6HP
Naiscoil Bhreandain, Belfast, BT11 9QS
Nettlefield Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT6 8BG
New Lodge Nursery School, Belfast, BT15 2EL
Oldpark Nursery School, Belfast, BT14 6GN
Orangefield Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT5 6BA
Our Lady's Nursery School, Belfast, BT14 6NN
Ravenscroft Nursery School, Belfast, BT5 5BA
Rosetta Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT6 0JA
Sandbrook Nursery School, Belfast, BT4 1NG
Scoil an Droichid Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT7 2EP
Seaview Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT15 3NB
Shaftesbury Nursery School, Belfast, BT13 2HS
St Anne’s Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT10 0LF
St Bernadette's Nursery School, Belfast, BT12 7JG
St Bride's Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT9 6FP
St Clare’s Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT13 2LJ
St Malachy's Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT7 2AT
St Maria Goretti Nursery School, Belfast, BT12 7PS
St Martin's Nursery School, Belfast, BT11 8EJ
St Mary's Nursery School, Newtownabbey, BT36 7DG
St Matthew's Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT5 4EW
St Michael's Nursery School, Belfast, BT11 9JP
St Oliver Plunkett Nursery School, Belfast, BT11 8AY
St Paul's Nursery School, Belfast, BT12 7NE
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St Peter's Nursery School, Belfast, BT12 4EJ
St Teresa's Nursery School, Belfast, BT11 8HR
St Vincent de Paul Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT14 8DP
Stanhope Street Nursery School, Belfast, BT13 1BX
Stranmillis Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT9 5EH
Taughmonagh Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT9 6QL
Tudor Lodge Nursery School, Belfast, BT13 1LY
Victoria Nursery School, Belfast, BT15 2EN
Wheatfield Primary School Nursery Unit, Belfast, BT14 7JE
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Voluntary and Private Providers
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ARELLIAN NURSERY SCHOOL
50 BENTHAM DRIVE
BELFAST
BT12 5NS
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9032 5280
Principal: Ms J Pogue BEd (HONS) PG Dip Ed M.Ed
Arellian was the first Nursery School in Ireland. Founded in 1928 by the Arellian Association
(old girls of Richmond Lodge) the members staffed and funded the school from 1928 to 1948
before it was handed over to the Belfast Education Authority.
The Arellian Association continues to play a very active role in the life of the school and we are
fortunate to have members of the Association on our present Board of Governors.
The school is situated on a spacious green site and benefits from extensive playground areas.
In addition to the well equipped classrooms, there is also a quiet/story room, newly constructed
cloakroom area, meals kitchen and staff room.
The aim of Arellian Nursery School is to provide a broad based balanced curriculum to enable
each child to acquire and develop skills, knowledge, attitudes and values so that he/she may
realise his/her full potential. Learning takes place within the context of a happy, caring
environment which encourages the children to become secure and independent. Our ongoing
programme of theme work throughout the year is complemented by educational trips and visits
from a number of people who work in the local community.
The school acknowledges that parents are the first educators of their children and strives
throughout the nursery years to develop meaningful partnerships with them for the good of the
child. Frequent opportunities are offered to parents to discuss their child’s progress and to
participate in the many activities and events which are organised throughout the year. We
endeavour to keep parents informed about all aspects of the school with parent/teacher
interviews, regular newsletters and a parents’ information board.
Every pupil attending our school is unique. Each child will learn in a different way and at a
different rate. To ensure that each and every child is making progress staff keep
comprehensive records detailing development throughout the school year.
A prospectus which fully details the life of Arellian Nursery School can be obtained on request
from the school.
FUNCTION OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND PRINCIPAL IN RELATION TO
ADMISSION
The function of the Board of Governors is to determine the criteria for admissions to the
school, it delegates to the principal and an admissions sub-committee responsibility for
applying criteria to applicants for admissions.
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ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 31 August 2011.
4 Children born between 1 September 2011 and 1 July 2012.
Sub-criteria
a Children who live nearest to the school as measured from the child’s home to the nearest
school gate. (Priority will be given to those who live the shortest distance from the school
as measured by a straight line on the Ordnance Survey map of the district).
b Children who have had a brother or sister, half-brother/half-sister/foster child enrolled or
previously enrolled in the school. (Indicate name and date of attendance)
c
If places are available for those children who fall into the areas of criteria numbered 3-4
they will be allocated on the basis of chronological order ie the eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Arellian
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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AVONIEL PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
AVONIEL ROAD
BELFAST
BT5 4SF
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9045 7736
Fax No: 028 9045 6951
Email: [email protected]
Acting Principals: F Doherty, S McQuoid
Avoniel Primary School Nursery Unit is a bright, purpose built nursery, which opened in 1980
and is situated in the grounds of Avoniel Primary School. There are two colourful classrooms
and a large landscaped outdoor area. We have provision for 52 full-time places with dinner
provided in situ.
The nursery unit is staffed by 2 qualified teachers and 2 full-time nursery assistants all of
whom have specialised qualifications in early years education.
Our aim is to promote the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of every
child through carefully planned activities in a happy, relaxed, stimulating environment.
At Avoniel Primary School Nursery Unit we believe that education is a partnership between the
nursery and home in which open communication and parental involvement is encouraged. We
regard the support and contribution of parents as vital to the success of the nursery. Parents
are kept fully informed of nursery life through monthly news sheets and parental interviews.
They are also encouraged to participate in the extensive Parent Support Programme run by
the main school which includes essential literacy, numeracy and computer classes.
The nursery has close links with the main school and in order to ensure a smooth transition to
Primary 1 the nursery children visit the main building throughout the year.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admissions criteria and has delegated to
the Principal its function and responsibilities in the relation of these criteria and the admission
of pupils to the school.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
The criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set down.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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Sub-criteria
Should the number of children who satisfy the requirement of any of the first four criteria (ie those
dealing with children in their final pre-school year) exceed the number of places available, the following
sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a Children for whom Avoniel Primary School Nursery Unit has been listed on the application form as
first preference.
b
Children who have brothers/sisters, half brothers/half sisters or other children living permanently at
the same address currently attending Avoniel primary School or brothers/sisters, half brothers/half
sisters or other children living permanently at the same address who previously attended Avoniel
Primary School. (Indicate name, year group and dates of attendance)
c
Children who will have a parent/guardian in employment in Avoniel Primary School in the school
year 2014/2015.
d
Distance as determined by a straight line measurement from the front door of the child’s home to
the nursery entrance. Measurement will be generated electronically using the Ordnance Survey
website.
Penultimate Pre-School Year
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3, final selection will be based on eldest first. For those
children born on the same day, sub-criterion d will apply for final selection.
Priority will be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission.
These admission arrangements will apply for the 2013/2014 school year but may be revised in
subsequent years at the discretion of the Board of Governors.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Avoniel Nursery
School Unit, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list
will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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BALLYSILLAN PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
BALLYSILLAN PARK
BELFAST
BT14 8LT
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9039 1668
www.ballysillanps.ik.org
Fax No: 028 9071 4645
Acting Principal: Mrs Michele Megrath BEd
The Nursery Unit is an integral part of the school and we benefit from using the school facilities to
enhance the children’s learning. The nursery staff work closely with the Foundation Stage Teachers to
ensure a smooth transition into P1 and that the children’s skills and knowledge are effectively built
upon.
Parents are welcomed into the school and are encouraged to be part of a strong partnership between
nursery and home this is done through regular newsletters, meetings, the school website and through
special events like the Christmas and Summer concerts.
Children start the nursery in small groups so that they have the opportunity to get to know each other.
The emphasis will be upon co-operation and collaboration through play both inside and outside.
Children will participate in learning experiences which are aimed at developing them physically,
socially, emotionally, educationally and raising their awareness of acceptable behaviour.
The staff make home visits prior to children starting to offer advice and support for the settling in
process. Alternatively parents and children are invited to visit the school during the summer term.
Prospective parents are welcome to visit the nursery during the open day held in December, or by
arrangement with the principal.
Each month there is a topic related visit or trip to enrich and support the children’s learning, in addition
to this, we have regular visits from the dental nurse who support us in our healthy eating plan.
Nursery children are welcome to attend the school breakfast club which starts at 8.10am.
Current staffing is the principal teacher and two qualified assistants. The nursery welcomes students
on placement and acknowledge their contribution to the smooth running of the school.
Children attend a full-day session:
Monday – Thursday 8.55am – 1.30pm
Friday 8.55am – 1pm
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 31 August 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are
from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
4 Children born between 1 September 2011 and 1 July 2012 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are
from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
5 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 31 August 2011.
6 Children born between 1 September 2011 and 1 July 2012.
Sub-criteria
Where at any stage in the above criteria the number of applications exceeds the number of
places available the Board of Governors will apply the following sub-criteria in the order set
down.
a Children whose brother/sister, a half-brother and/or a half-sister have attended or currently
attend the Primary School (P1- P7). (Indicate name, year group and date of attendance)
b Children who have family connections with the Primary School (P1-P7) eg parents,
cousins, relations of present or past pupils. (Indicate name, year group and date of
attendance)
c
Children who have listed Ballysillan as first preference on the application form.
d Children who live in the immediate area of the school. Priority will be given to those who
live the shortest distance from their home to the front/back gate of the school as measured
using Google Street Maps.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Ballysillan Nursery
Unit, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list
will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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BETHLEHEM NURSERY SCHOOL
516 RAVENHILL ROAD
BELFAST
BT6 0BW
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9064 0406
Principal: Mrs Jacqueline Mallon
Bethlehem Nursery School, the first Catholic nursery school to open in Northern Ireland in
1960 was originally built to cater for children in residential care. The building is positioned a
safe distance from the road on a spacious site with attractive grassed and wetpour safety
surfacing and a fully enclosed playground.
It is a two unit nursery school which accommodates 52 children. The staffing consists of
Principal plus one assistant teacher and 2 nursery assistants who have a wide range of
experience and expertise. The Board of Governors is very supportive.
Our aim is to help each child develop intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually and our
curriculum is designed with this in mind. The nursery school is characterised for its friendly
atmosphere where children are valued and parents are made welcome.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Admissions Criteria will be applied by a Nursery Admissions Sub-Committee consisting of
the Principal and three Governors subject to the final approval of the Board of Governors. In
the event of more applicants than the places available the following criteria will be applied, in
the order set down, to select children for September 2014.
Priority must be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed
admission.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances* who reside in the parish of Holy Rosary.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
3
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 who have had a brother/sister
attending Bethlehem Nursery School or St Michael’s Primary School. (Indicate name and
year group)
4
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in
the parish of Holy Rosary.
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5
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 who have special home circumstances/needs.
All documented evidence must be attached to the Application Form:
a twins or triplets.
b one or more parents deceased.
c a parent with a serious long term illness. (medical evidence required)
d children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) is a permanent member of staff of Bethlehem Nursery
School
or St Michael’s Primary School
or a member of the Board of Governors of Bethlehem Nursery School
or the child of a parent/guardian who is a permanent member of staff of any school in the Parish
of Holy Rosary.
6
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parents/guardians live in the parish of
St Anthony’s bounded by the following roadways: My Lady’s Road, Willowfield Street, Castlereagh
Road, Ladas Drive, Cregagh Road, Ardenlee Avenue and Ravenhill Road.
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Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria, preference will be given to those who:
a) list Bethlehem Nursery School as their first preference
b) children whose surname begin with the following random selection of lettersC L R H S Q M G W Mac E K T J O (including O’) N V F P Z Y B Mc A X I D U
In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter subsequent letters of the surname will be
used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of initials of
forenames will be used.
If places are still available after all pre-school children are placed, remaining places will be allocated to
children in their penultimate pre-school year ie children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 in
accordance with chronological order – eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 the above criteria will be applied to all children on the
school’s waiting list.
Parents of children who were not offered a place at Bethlehem Nursery School may have their child’s
name included on the school’s waiting list by contacting the school in writing.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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BLACK MOUNTAIN PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
BLACK MOUNTAIN PLACE
BELFAST
BT13 3TT
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 90326086
Telephone No: 028 90237463
Mainschool
Nursery Unit
Acting Principal: Mrs J Black Bed Hons PQH
Black Mountain Primary School Nursery Unit is a safe, caring and stimulating learning
environment. The main unit is a large, bright and well equipped playroom which enjoys access
to the enclosed outdoor play and garden.
The unit can accommodate 26 children on a full-time basis. The Nursery day is from 8.55 am
to 1.30 pm with lunch at 12 noon. The Nursery is staffed by one teacher and one assistant.
Nursery staff support all children in accessing the Nursery curriculum in a fun and challenging
way while fostering their self-confidence and promoting their independence.
A warm welcome is extended to all parents/carers as we aim to work in partnership with them
in developing their child’s full potential while making them feel secure and valued as part of the
school. In conjunction with the main school an after schools family club exists for part of the
school year to further strengthen our links. Parents are also invited to attend workshops
throughout the year which aim to support them in educating their children.
To enhance the children’s learning experiences we organise several educational visits and
outings throughout the year, parents have the opportunity to join us on many of these.
Any prospective parent/carer who would like to visit the Nursery is very welcome to do so.
Please feel free to contact the Nursery direct to arrange a suitable time.
Application forms are available from both the Nursery Unit and the main school.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Preference will be given to children who are:
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011;
3 Any remaining place will be allocated on the basis of eldest first.
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Sub-criteria
In the event of over-subscription when the above criteria are applied the following subcriteria will be applied.
a Preference will be give to children in their final pre-school year, whose parents have listed
Black Mountain Nursery as their first choice of setting.
b Places will be offered to children with a sibling attending Black Mountain Primary
School/Unit and are in their final pre-school year. (Indicate name and year group)
c Preference will be given to children already attending Black Mountain Playgroup or Nursery
in the year prior to their pre-school year.
d Children not already selected who have family connections with the school ie employment
of a parent/grandparent/guardian on the teaching or non-teaching staff or whose
parent/grandparent is a member of the Board of Governors.
e Consideration will be given to children who have Special Educational Needs as determined
by the Board’s Educational Psychology Service and are in their final pre-school year.
f Final selection will be made on the basis of closeness of the home to the school as
measured by ‘google maps’ using the information provided on the application form, both the
house number and the postcode will be entered.
Places will be offered to other children in their final pre-school year, on the basis of age ie.
oldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Black
Mountain Nursery Unit that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and
applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the
published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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BOTANIC PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
6 BOTANIC COURT
BELFAST
BT7 1QY
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9032 8346
Fax No: 028 9033 1961
[email protected]
Principal: Mr P Bell B.A. M.Ed. PQH
Botanic Nursery Unit, attached to Botanic Primary School, is in a very pleasant situation
overlooking Botanic Gardens, having its own Nursery playground and large garden/grass area.
There is one class in the unit operating on a full-time enrolment basis. The school day is from
9.00am to 1.30pm with lunch at 12 noon.
Being within close proximity to Queens’ University, foreign students’ and lecturers’ children
often attend both the nursery class and primary school, giving it an interesting and healthy
multi-cultural mix.
The overall aim of nursery education is to promote the child’s all round development - physical,
intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic and creative and this is fostered through a planned
programme of stimulating activities. We hope to provide each child with, not only a well
balanced curriculum, but also a very happy and memorable time in their early years.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR NURSERY UNIT 2014/2015
The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admission criteria and has delegated to the
principal its function and responsibilities in relation to the application of these criteria and the
admission of pupils to the school. The criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set
down.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
In the event of over-subscription, within any of the above criteria, the following subcriteria will be applied:
(a) Children who have listed Botanic Nursery school as their first preference.
(b) Children who have a brother/sister, half brother/half sister currently enrolled in Botanic
Primary School/Nursery Unit. (Indicate name and year group)
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(c) Children who have had a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister enrolled in Botanic
Primary School/Nursery Unit. (Indicate name and dates of attendance)
(d) Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) homes are closest to the Nursery Unit as
measured using a website that calculates the distance (as the crow flies) between the
School postcode – BT7 1QY and the postcode of the applicant such as
www.freemaptools.com/how-far-is-it-between.htm
In the event of vacancies remaining after the above criteria have been applied, the
following criteria will be applied to the other applicants.
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3 final selection will be based on
eldest first. Those children born on the same day, sub-criterion (d) will apply for final
selection.
The above criteria will be used where places become available during the school year
2013/2014.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Botanic
Nursery Unit, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may
determine to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect
information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the
withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the
applicant’s Application Form.
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BREFNE NURSERY SCHOOL
111 SALISBURY AVENUE
BELFAST
BT15 5EH
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone/Fax No: 028 9077 6270
Principal: Mrs Deborah Anderson
Brefne Nursery School is a single unit nursery school offering early years’ education to 26
children from 9am – 1.30pm each day. It prides itself on providing quality pre-school
education in a caring, child-centred environment.
At Brefne Nursery School we see our children as individuals who come to us with a variety of
experiences which we can nurture and build upon. We aim to be an extension of the home
environment and see the parents as our partners in the education of the children. We would
encourage our parents to come into the school to see what we are doing and to have a look at
the various displays of photographs and artwork around the room. Parents are kept informed
of the activities in school through our monthly newsletters and through our website
www.brefne.ik.org. We value the daily contact with parents/carers of our children and will
always welcome them and take time to listen to what they have to say. Parents have the
opportunity to discuss the progress of their child informally and also through appointments with
the principal. We welcome parental involvement in the running of the nursery.
Brefne is a spacious, well-equipped nursery school. We value the role of outdoor as well as
indoor play and have recently upgraded our outdoor area.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admissions criteria and has delegated to
the Principal and a sub-committee of governors its function and responsibilities in relation to
the application of these criteria and the admission of pupils to the school. In the event of the
school being over-subscribed the criteria will be applied in the order set down.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 31 August 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are
from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
4 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 31 August 2011.
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5 Children born between 1 September 2011 and 1 July 2012 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are
from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
6 Children born between 1 September 2011 and 1 July 2012.
Sub-criteria
In the event of over-subscription in any of the above criteria the following sub-criteria will be
applied in the order set down. A place will be offered to:
a a child for whom Brefne is listed as first preference on the application form.
b a child whose parent/grandparent is a permanent member of the school staff or currently a
school governor or opted on to the Board of Governors.
c
a child who is a brother/sister, half-brother/sister of a pupil or former pupil of Brefne
Nursery School. (Indicate name and date of attendance)
d a child whose home address is nearest to the nursery school. Distance will be determined
by a straight line measurement on the Ordnance Survey map from the Nursery School to
the child’s house.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Brefne
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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CATHEDRAL NURSERY SCHOOL
45A ALBERT STREET
BELFAST
BT12 4HB
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9043 9340
Principal: Mrs U Barr MEd, DASE, BEd
Cathedral Nursery School is a purpose built school set in secure enclosed grounds. It was
opened in November 1998 and is located in the heart of St Peter’s parish. The nursery offers
52 full-time nursery places which take the form of two classes of 26 children. The school is
staffed by three full-time qualified members of staff, two teachers, one full-time nursery
assistant, three part-time nursery assistants and a parent liaison nursery assistant. Both
teachers are trained in primary movement and one nursery assistant has completed ELKLAN
speech and language programme. All staff members provide speech and language sessions.
In partnership with parents Cathedral Nursery School aims to promote the development of
happy, secure, confident children who are striving towards independent learning while working
in a Catholic environment where they have respect for themselves and others.
The nursery school provides a broad and balanced curriculum which meets the needs of
individual pupils, while incorporating the religious programme for Catholic nursery schools.
The nursery school encourages the involvement of parents in the work of the school through
school trips, classroom based activities, the mother and toddler group and a range of parent
classes. Currently an extended schools programme offers breakfast club from 8.30 – 9.00 and
afterschool club 1.30 – 3.00 Monday to Friday.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has determined that, in the event of more applicants than the places
available the following criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select children for the
available places.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances* who reside in the Parishes of St Peter’s and St
Mary’s.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
3
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in
the Parishes of St Peter’s and St Mary’s.
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4
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
5
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 from the parishes of St Peter’s and St
Mary’s who are considered by an Education and Library Board as having significant
special educational needs which indicate that the child would benefit from nursery
education. Documentary evidence must be submitted to Board of Governors.
6
Other children in their penultimate pre-school year from the parishes of St Peter’s and St
Mary’s.
7
Other children in their penultimate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria for pre-school children
In the event of more pupils satisfying the last criterion which can be applied in the order of
priority set down above, then selection for the remaining places will be on the basis of the
following sub-criteria:
1
Any child returning for a second year in Cathedral Nursery School.
2
Priority given to pupils who put Cathedral Nursery School as their first preference.
3
Child or grandchild of a member of staff or school governor.
4
Children currently on the “at risk” register maintained by the Social Services. This
information must be attached to the nursery application form.
5
Children who in the opinion of the Board of Governors have special home circumstances,
considered in the following order:
a) a child who has one or both parents deceased
b) a child whose parent has a serious long-term illness - medical evidence required
c) children who are twins (or other multiple birth)
6
Children with brothers and sisters who previously attended Cathedral Nursery School.
(Indicate name and dates of attendance)
7
Children with brothers/sisters/half-brothers/half-sisters presently enrolled in St Joseph’s,
St Peter’s Primary School. (Indicate name and year group)
In the event of over-subscription within any of the above sub-criteria priority will be given to
those who live closest to the nursery school as measured by a straight line on the Ordnance
Survey Map from the front door of the child’s home to the front door of the nursery school.
Sub-criteria for penultimate pre-school children
1 Age of child – oldest first.
2 Distance as measured by a straight line on the Ordnance Survey Map from the pupils front
door to the nursery school.
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Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Cathedral
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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CLIFTONVILLE INTEGRATED PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
93 CLIFTONVILLE ROAD
BELFAST
BT14 6JQ
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9035 1638
Principal: Miss B McMullen, MEd BEd DASE PQH
Nursery Teacher: Mrs S Coey B.Ed(Hons)
The Nursery class is an integral part of Cliftonville Integrated Primary School. It offers places
for 26 children from 9am to 1.30pm daily and draws children from all sections of the
community.
The internal accommodation consists of an inviting entrance hall; an airy, well equipped
playroom; child sized toilets; kitchen and utility and storage areas.
Outdoor activities are enhanced by a play area with shrubs and trees. In inclement weather a
covered play area enables children to play outside in the fresh air.
The Nursery aims to create a happy, friendly and flexible learning environment in which each
child is given the opportunity to develop his/her full potential in every aspect of growth.
Qualified and experienced staff support children in their learning and provide a balanced,
stimulating curriculum.
We encourage parents to be involved in all aspects of their child’s nursery experience and to
work in partnership with the nursery staff.
Children will be selected by the Board of Governors which delegates to the Principal and such
staff as he may nominate responsibility for applying criteria to applicants.
Priority will be given in the order set out below to children:
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
In the event of applications exceeding available places in any of the categories 1-2
priority will be given to children:
a Whose parent/guardian is in permanent employment in Cliftonville Primary School
(including its meals kitchen).
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b Whose brother/sister or half-brother/sister is currently or formerly a pupil of Cliftonville
Primary School. (Indicate name, year group and dates of attendance)
c
Whose parent/guardian is a former pupil of Cliftonville Primary School. (Indicate name and
dates of attendance)
d Who lives nearest to the school as measured by drawing a straight line on an official
Ordnance Survey map from the front door of the child’s home to the front door of the
nursery school.
The Board of Governors would advise parents of children born after 1 July 2010 that maximum
benefits of nursery education may be gained by those children who are of sufficient maturity to
cope with such a situation. Parents are reminded that placement in a nursery environment is
for the educational benefit of a child rather than a form of childminding for the benefit of
parents.
Should places still be available these will be offered to children in the following order:
3 Born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
4 Born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of applications exceeding available places in any of the categories 3-4 priority will
be given to the oldest children with, if necessary, the additional application of sub-criteria (a d).
During the 2014/2015 year the above criteria will be applied to fill a vacancy arising within the
stated enrolment number.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Cliftonville
Integrated Nursery Unit, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and
applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the
published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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DUNDELA INFANTS’ PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
WILGAR STREET
BELFAST
BT4 3BL
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9047 1234 Fax No: 028 90471234
Email: [email protected]
Principal: Miss S H Mackey
Dundela Infants’ School and Nursery Unit is situated on a pleasant site between Dundela Avenue and
Wilgar Street. The Nursery Unit is an integral part of the school with close links built up and maintained
between staff, pupils and parents.
All places will be offered on a full-time basis from 9.00 am - 1.30 pm each day. The staff in the Nursery
Unit consists of one full-time teacher, two part-time teachers and three nursery assistants.
The Nursery classrooms are well equipped and there is also a wide range of equipment available for
outdoor play. The curriculum offers activities designed to promote intellectual, personal, social,
physical and spiritual development. Each child is respected as an individual. Parents are greatly
valued by the school and are encouraged to participate in their child’s education. Nursery parents are
also invited to become involved in the PTA which supports the school in many ways.
Prospective parents are invited to attend an Open Afternoon/Evening which will be held on Tuesday 3
December 2013, 1.45-2.45pm and 7.00-8.00pm.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has drawn up the admissions criteria and has delegated to the principal its
function and responsibilities in relation to the application of these criteria and the admissions of pupils.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on, or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
attendance of brothers/sisters etc giving names and dates of attendance.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Priority will be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed
admission.
Pre-School Year
The regulations require the admissions criteria to give priority to children in the following order:
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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Sub-criteria
The Board of Governors has drawn up sub-criteria to be used should the number of children who
satisfy the requirement of any criterion exceed the number of places still available within the school’s
admission number. These criteria will be applied successively and in the order set down, to the group
of children who satisfied the criterion which caused the number of places available to be exceeded,
until all of the places have been allocated.
a
Children for whom Dundela Infants’ School Nursery Unit has been listed on the application form
as first preference.
b
Children who have brothers/sisters, half brothers/half sisters or other children living permanently
at the same address who
i) are currently attending Dundela Infants’ School (P1-P3 classes) or
ii) previously attended Dundela Infants’ School (P1-P3 classes) and are currently attending
Strandtown Primary School (Indicate name, year group and dates of attendance)
c
Children who have a parent/guardian employed by Dundela Infants’ School and Nursery Unit or
Strandtown Primary School (excluding staff employed by the School Meals Service).
d
Places will be granted in order of priority determined by the proximity of the child’s permanent
residence to the school. Distance will be determined by a straight line measurement generated
electronically using a computer programme provided by Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.
In the event of two or more children’s permanent residence being measured equidistant for the final
place, children will be selected for admission on the basis of initial letter of surname (as entered on the
Birth Certificate) in the order set out below:
KHEGLPIQZSBJOMTRDVXUYNWACF
This order was determined by a randomized selection of the letters of the alphabet. In the event of
surnames beginning with the same initial letter, the subsequent letters of the surname will be used in
alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the initials of the
forenames will be used.
Penultimate Pre-School Year
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3, final selection will be based on eldest first. Those
children born on the same day, sub-criterion d will apply for final selection.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications to nursery that were initially refused,
new applications and applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and
the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 31 August 2014. After 1 September
2014 parents must inform the school in writing if they wish their child’s name to remain on the waiting
list. The published criteria will be applied if a vacancy arises after 1 September 2014. This waiting list
will be in place until 30 June 2015.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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Controlled Nursery School
EDENDERRY NURSERY SCHOOL
4-22 UPPER RIGA STREET
BELFAST
BT13 3GW
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9023 8651
Principal: Ms N Magrath B.Ed (Hons) DASE, M.Ed, PQH M.B.E
‘Where learning is fun so we can enjoy the future’
Edenderry Nursery School is situated in the Shankill area of North Belfast. We can be found
at the Upper Riga Street entrance to Glenwood Primary School and are proud to offer a
pleasant, cheerful and child centred building. Within the school there are two classrooms that
are well equipped and resourced with toys that young children love. Each classroom has
access to a children’s toilet area, story room and storage space. Outdoors, the sensory
garden is enclosed and partially covered. There is a mix of grass, paving stones, bark and
safety mats in this area. We also have a Parent’s area, Office, School meal’s servery and
Utility Room.
School life revolves around the belief that each child should be given every opportunity to
develop to their full potential, to grow in self-confidence, experience success and thus develop
a good self-image. This is achieved through genuine working links with parents with the free
sharing of information and also a complete and thorough curriculum. We greatly welcome
parents into our practice and place a strong value on home and school links. Parents can
participate in school life, access workshops and courses and enjoy learning themselves. At
Edenderry Nursery School your child will be encouraged to develop at their own rate in key
areas of learning – social/emotional, language/communication, creative/aesthetic,
mathematics, the world around us and physical skills. The school programme is enriched by
visits outside the school and welcoming relevant guest speakers and experts to come in and
meet our children. We value and enjoy strong community and cross-community partnerships.
We were last inspected in May 2013 and found to be ‘outstanding’ in all areas.
We have an innovative and friendly staff team who are highly motivated, qualified and
dedicated to every child’s well being and learning. The maximum number of children that can
be enrolled in the school is 52, 26 in each classroom. Children generally attend the school for
one year before going to Primary School. Both classrooms operate a ‘through day’ which
means the children will attend from 8.45 am to 1.30 pm each day. Staff hours are from 8.30
am to 3.30 pm and staff are available to see parents outside teaching hours. The nursery
school also offers an after school facility and holiday club.
Parents who are considering making an application for a nursery place are welcome to contact
the school office at the above address or telephone number. An open morning is also
organised for 11 December at 9.30am – 10.30am Everyone is welcome!
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors will apply the Department of Education criteria in allocating places for
September 2014.
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*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
4
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
Sub-criteria
Where the school is oversubscribed at any stage the following sub-criteria will be used in addition if
necessary:
1
2
3
4
Those applicants who have stated Edenderry Nursery School as their first preference.
Children of serving members of Edenderry Nursery School Board of Governors and grand-children
and children of staff working in Edenderry.
In the case of places in the criteria numbered 1-2, preference will be given according to proximity to
the school of the child’s home address, that is, the address at which they sleep, as measured by
‘google maps’ using the information provided on the application form, both the house number and the
postcode will be entered.
In the event of a tie, children will be admitted in chronological order, ie the oldest first.
If places are available for those children who fall into the areas of criteria numbered 3-4 they will be
allocated on the basis of chronological order ie the eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Edenderry Nursery
School, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list
will be in place until 30 June 2015. The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the
school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take
into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether
the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of
a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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EUSTON STREET PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
EUSTON STREET
BELFAST
BT6 9AG
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9045 7089
Fax No: 028 9045 7122
Principal: Mrs J Currie BEd (Hons) PQH (NI)
Being situated within the primary school, the nursery has the advantage of being able to make
full use of the facilities offered by the school as well as its own excellent resources.
The unit comprises two large playrooms, an indoor soft play area with interactive sound
equipment and an excellent fully enclosed soft surface outdoor play area. The nursery is well
equipped, both indoors and outdoors.
The aim of the unit is to promote the all round development of the child in a happy, secure,
relaxed environment, working in partnership with parents.
Qualified and experienced staff support the children in their learning and provide a balanced,
stimulating curriculum, whilst catering for their individual needs.
The unit is also very proud of its information technology computer systems which introduce
children to computers at an early age and make learning fun.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Children will be admitted to Euston Street Nursery unit according to the following ordered
criteria:
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
In the event of over-subscription in any of the above criteria the following sub-criteria will be
applied in the order set down:
a Children with siblings/half siblings/step siblings attending Euston Street Primary School
(Y1-Y7) or have had siblings/half siblings/step siblings who attended Euston Street Primary
School (Y1-Y7). (Indicate name, year group and dates of attendance)
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b Children who have or have had a parent/grandparent as a permanent member of staff
(teaching or non-teaching) /Board of Governors in the school.
c
Children who put Euston Street Nursery Unit as their first preference.
d Children who live in the immediate area of the school in the order of closest proximity to the
school. Measured by car from the front door of the Nursery School entrance to the front
door of the home address.
In the event of vacancies remaining after the above criteria have been applied, the following
criteria will be applied to other applicants.
3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3 final selection will be based on eldest first.
Those children born on the same day, sub-criteria d will apply for final selection.
A copy of the Waiting List Policy will be added to the School Prospectus and displayed on the
school website.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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FANE STREET PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
FANE STREET
BELFAST
BT9 7BW
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 90381945
Fax No: 028 90683034
Email: [email protected]
Principal: Mr S Orr M.Ed. B.Ed. (Hons) PQH (NI)
The nursery unit is situated within Fane Street Primary School which opened in 1976,
occupying premises built in 1929.
The nursery children are therefore able to make use of the school facilities including a large
assembly hall, a gymnasium, two enclosed gardens which have recently been refurbished with
state-of-the-art outdoor play equipment, an outdoor classroom and a vegetable patch. The
gardens support our environmental studies programme and outdoor play policies and we have
achieved the Green Flag award. The school has been highly commended for several years in
the Best Kept School competition and was named the Best Kept School in Belfast for 2011.
Additionally, the nursery has a separate garden and outdoor play area which have also
recently been refurbished.
The unit operates on a full-day basis, and school meals are purchased by parents each day.
The close contact between all of the school staff ensures a smooth transition from nursery to
P1.
The nursery curriculum is delivered by our experienced staff in a caring and safe environment
with the emphasis being on ensuring that the children are relaxed, happy and safe whilst
learning and developing to achieve their full potential.
Parents are encouraged to come into the nursery at the beginning and end of each day and to
participate in activities and outings with the children and school staff. We expect our children
to wear school uniform and we appreciate the support of parents regarding this matter.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admissions criteria and has delegated to
the Principal its functions and responsibilities in relation to the application of these criteria and
the admission of pupils to the school.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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In the event of over-subscription, within any of the above criteria, the following sub-criteria will be
applied:
1
Children who have an older brother or sister or half brother or half sister currently enrolled in the
primary school. (Indicate name and year group)
2
Children who list Fane Street Nursery as their first preference.
3
Children enrolled in the nursery in the previous academic year.
4
Children who have had a family member enrolled in the primary school between academic year
2008-2009 to 2013-2014. (Indicate name, year group and dates of attendance by parent on
application form)
5
Children who reside with their parent(s)/guardian(s) in the area that the school has traditionally
served, defined as:
that area bounded by Donegall Avenue, Donegall Road, Glenmachen Street, Olympia
Parade and Olympia Drive.
that area bounded by Northbrook Street, Great Northern Street, Rathgar Street,
Lisburn Road, the northern side of Dunluce Avenue and of Fane Street.
6
Eldest child first. Any children born on the same day will be prioritized by the proximity of the
residence of the child, on the date of application, to the school.
Please Note: Family member is defined as cousin, aunt, uncle, half-cousin, step-aunt or step-uncle. It
is the responsibility of the parent to provide evidence in support of this claim.
NB Proximity will be determined between the front gate of the school and the child’s residence as
measured on google maps travelling by car. The child’s residence is that address where the child
permanently resides with his/her parent(s)/guardian(s), and does not include the home of a
grandparent, childminder or any other carer.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA PENULTIMATE PRE-SCHOOL YEAR
Any places remaining will be allocated using the criteria identified below:
1
Children who have siblings who have attended or currently attend Fane Street Primary School.
(Indicate name, date and year group of attendance)
2
Children who list Fane Street as their first preference.
3
Children (eldest first) who reside with their parent(s)/guardian(s) in the area that the school has
traditionally served, defined as:
that area bounded by Donegall Avenue, Donegall Road, Glenmachen Street, Olympia
Parade and Olympia Drive.
that area bounded by Northbrook Street, Great Northern Street, Rathgar Street,
Lisburn Road, the northern side of Dunluce Avenue and of Fane Street.
4 Eldest child first.
5 The Proximity of the child, on the date of application, to the school.
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Nursery Waiting List Policy
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Fane Street
Nursery Unit, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will NOT be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you
wish for your child’s name to be placed on this.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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GAELSCOIL NA BHFAL NURSERY UNIT
34A IVEAGH CRESCENT
BELFAST
BT12 6AW
Grant Maintained Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9023 6877
Principal: Ms Aine Andrews
General Information
Gaelscoil na bhFál Nursery Unit is a self contained unit with its own facilities situated within
the primary school complex. It provides twenty six full time places and is open to all children,
regardless of sex, religion or politics whose parents are choosing Irish-medium education for
their child, whose parents wish to access the pre-requisite preparatory pre-school langauge
immersion programme for their child and have shown themselves willing to support their child
in the decision they have made.
Curriculum
Gaelscoil na bhFál Nursery Unit provides a high quality child centred curriculum. It offers:-
 a high standard of physical and emotional care;
 a wide range of active play-based learning experiences;
 a wide range of both free and structured play experiences.
In particular it offers:-
 an effective second language immersion programme – a pre-requisite for entry to
Gaelscoil na bhFál
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
In the context of the Nursery Unit’s underpinning values, purpose and principles the following
criteria will be applied in the event of over subscription:1
Children who are in their immediate pre-school year, whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are
from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Other children who are in their immediate pre-school year.
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Sub-criteria
In the event of over subscription within any of the above criteria, the following sub-criteria will be applied
in the following order.
a) Children who have spent their penultimate year in this school.
b) Children who have or have had a sibling, or a half sibling from within the same household, attending
Gaelscoil na bhFál and whose parents have accepted a place in the Irish-medium pre-preschool
programme, Gaelspraoi or Tús Maith, in Ionad Úibh Eachach. (Indicate name, year group and
dates of attendance)
c) Children for whom Irish is a first language and whose parents have completed the Gaelscoil na bhFál
Expression of Interest Form and have subsequently accepted a place in the Irish-medium prepreschool programme, Gaelspraoi or Tús Maith, in Ionad Úibh Eachach.
d) Children whose parents have completed the Gaelscoil na bhFál Expression of Interest Form and have
subsequently accepted a place in the Irish-medium pre-preschool programme, Gaelspraoi or Tús
Maith in Ionad Úibh Eachach.
In the event of continuing oversubscription in any of the above criteria priority in the following order will
be given to:i children whose parents are currently permanent employees in Gaelscoil na bhFál.
ii children whose parents are currently established employees in Ionad Úibh Eachach.
iii children in the order in which their parents have completed the expression of interest form.
iv children who are resident within the area for which Gaelscoil na bhFál nursery unit is the nearest
Irish-medium nursery unit.
v children who are being minded or whose parents work within the area for which Gaelscoil na
bhFál nursery unit is the nearest nursery unit.
vi children who are resident outside the area for which Gaelscoil na bhFál Nursery Unit is the
nearest Irish-medium nursery unit.
In the application of criteria iii and iv, proximity will be based on the shortest walking distance from the
child’s home to school measured along main route to the nearest school gate.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Gaelscoil na bhFál
Nursery Unit that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list
will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take
into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether
the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support
or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to
provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability
to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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GLENBANK NURSERY SCHOOL
117A LIGONIEL ROAD
BELFAST
BT14 8BW
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone/Fax No: 028 9039 1724
Website: www.glenbank.org.uk
Principal: Mrs Jenny Clarke B Ed (Hons) PQH
‘LIVING together, LOVING all, LEARNING for the future’
Glenbank Nursery School aims to provide a happy, relaxed atmosphere in which children are
given every opportunity to excell.
We want to develop good communication skills and the ability to learn together. Children are
helped to become more confident and independent. Their time at nursery is a precious period
in a child’s development and we will give them every opportunity to be prepared and inspired
for their future lives.
Glenbank Nursery School occupies a separate unit, designed for nursery use, which was
formerly part of Ligoniel Primary School. The elevated site has stunning views over Belfast.
There is a large attractive playroom, quiet room, hall and toilet area. The school has direct
access to its own large secure garden which is very well equipped with outdoor play
equipment. Glenbank was previously awarded Best Kept Small School in Belfast.
We are a religiously mixed school with all sections of the community welcome to attend. We
value the impact of visitors to our school and welcome many different people. The children
benefit from visits to several other locations of educational interest, throughout the year.
The school has close links with relevant health professionals and parents are invited to attend
talks by the dentist and speech therapist who work closely with the staff. A range of courses
are on offer to parents, run during school hours. We run a book and story sack library within
the school. Each year we support at least one children’s charity. The support, interest and cooperation of parents is a very important aspect of nursery life, not only helping with material
needs, but acting as equal partners with staff in the development of the children.
Prospective parents and children are very welcome to visit the school on one of our ‘open’
afternoons, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December 2.00 – 3.00pm. Please contact Jenny
to arrange an alternative appointment if these dates don’t suit.
Current staffing is Principal teacher and one full-time qualified assistant. The school welcomes
students on placement and acknowledge their contribution to the smooth running of the
school.
Children attend a full-day session.
Monday & Tuesday
Wednesday & Thursday
Friday
8.45 – 2.00pm
8.45 – 1.30pm
8.45 – 12.30pm
Glenbank Nursery School has a very supportive Board of Governors who are keenly interested
in all aspects of the school.
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ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors and Principal will apply the Department of Education criteria in allocating
places for September 2014.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Priority will be given in the following order:
1
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
Children who were born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 who at the time of their proposed
admission will not have a pre-school education place, whether full-time or part-time, at another
school or any other premises.
In the event of applications exceeding places in any of the above the following sub-criteria will be
applied:
Sub Criteria
a Children who have listed Glenbank Nursery School as first preference on the application form.
b Children whose brother/sister have attended or currently attend Glenbank Nursery School.
(Indicate name, year group and dates of attendance)
c Children whose brother/sister are currently enrolled at Ligoniel Primary School. (Indicate name
and year group)
d A child whose parent is a member of Glenbank Nursery School staff, Ligoniel Primary School staff
or currently a member of the Board of Governors of Glenbank Nursery School.
e Eldest or only child in the family.
f Children whose permanent residence is the shortest distance from the school. Distance will be
measured using Google Maps distance calculator from the front door of the child’s home to the front
door of the school.
In the event of two or more children’s permanent residence being measured equal distance for the final place,
children will be selected by age with the oldest being selected first.
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3, final selection will be based on eldest first. Those children born
on the same day, sub-criterion f will apply for final selection.
After Friday 30 May 2014, any parent whose child was not offered a place will be contacted to see if they wish to
remain on our waiting list. New applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied to fill a vacancy. This waiting list will be in place
until 30 June 2015. We will contact you in writing if your child gains a place by this method.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that
all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application
form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or
sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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GLENDHU NURSERY SCHOOL
Controlled Nursery School
10-18 Glendhu Manor
Garnerville Road
BELFAST
BT4 2RJ
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 90768462
Principal: Mrs Heather Barbour B.A.(Hons) M.Ed. P.G.C.E.
Glendhu Nursery School was rebuilt in 2009. It is a bright, modern facility built to an
exceptionally high standard. The interior design works in harmony with the spacious, mature
garden, resulting in a calm, natural and very child-centred environment. As well as an
extensive sheltered play space, the grounds offer a sandhouse where groups of children can
play together in all weathers, a vast area of tarmac for developing many aspects of physical
play and a digging pit for planting and growing flowers and vegetables. The garden itself
incorporates lawns and shrubs, and contains a large willow tree which has been used for the
new logo.
The school offers nursery education on a full-time basis to the children in the locality. Twentysix children are admitted to the school each year. The school is open from 8.30 am - 3.30 pm
each day. The full-time teaching session is from 9.00 am - 1.30 pm.
The staff consists of a Principal teacher and a Nursery Assistant, both well experienced, a
Caretaker/Cleaner and Dining Attendant.
It is the policy of Glendhu Nursery School to work together with parents to create a safe, caring
environment in which each child, through the varied play activities provided, will be enabled to
develop to his/her full potential in every aspect of growth - socially, emotionally, physically and
intellectually. Through the carefully structured play situations the children are helped to make
their own discoveries, experience success and grow in self-confidence and independence.
The Nursery was inspected in March 2010 and the full report is available on www.etini.gov.uk.
The Board of Governors positively supports the work of the staff and meets regularly to
discuss all aspects of the school. They help to provide a well maintained and resourced
building in which the children can experience all aspects of the Nursery Curriculum.
The support, interest and co-operation of parents are very important aspects of Nursery life,
not only helping with fund-raising events and the frequent nursery school outings, but also for
the sharing and exchange of learning opportunities which have taken place in home and
school.
Prospective parents who wish to visit the school or seek advice on admission may do so by
telephoning the Principal before 9.00 am or after 2.00 pm each day. An Open Afternoon for
parents and children will be held on Monday 9 December from 2.00 – 3.00pm and an Open
Evening for parents/guardians only will be held on Monday 9 December from 7.30 – 8.30pm.
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ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria, the following sub-criteria will be
applied in the following order:
a
Children whose parents/guardians have listed Glendhu Nursery School as their first preference
b
Children of permanent employees or members of the Board of Governors.
c
Preference will be given to children with a brother/sister, half-brother/sister who has attended or
currently attends the school. Children fostered within such a family are included. Application
MUST include details of previous child’s dates of attendance.
d
Priority will be given to children on the basis of proximity of their home address to the school.
Children who live nearer this school than any other controlled nursery school or nursery unit
offering full-time places, will be given preference. Distance will be determined by a straight line
measurement on the Ordnance Survey map from the front door of the child’s home to the entrance
of the nursery school. If necessary, a tie-breaker by random selection will be used to allocate a
final place.
In the event of vacancies remaining after the above criteria have been applied, the following criteria will
be applied to other applicants.
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3, final selection will be based on eldest first. Those
children born on the same day, criterion 4d will apply for final selection.
Waiting List
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014, all initial applications where Glendhu was listed as
first preference will be reconsidered and the admissions criteria re-applied as published. (Exceptions to
this would be additional applications where applicants fulfil criterion 1). This waiting list will be in place
until 30 June 2015.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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GREENWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
436 UPPER NEWTOWNARDS ROAD
BELFAST
BT4 3HS
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Part-time
Telephone No: 028 9047 1610
Fax No: 028 9067 3558
Principal: Mrs Christine Harper M.Ed, B.Ed (Hons) Cert.Ed., PGDE, PQH
General Information
The nursery is housed in a modern self-contained unit with full facilities for effective pre-school
provision. In addition, there is a large purpose built outdoor play area with safety surface. The
unit is situated in the grounds to the front of Greenwood Primary School and is an integral part
of the school providing 52 part-time places in 2 sessions (8.45 am - 11.15 am and 12.15 pm to
2.45 pm).
Our aim is to develop the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of the child, using a
planned programme of learning and experience through play.
Each child will be catered for according to his/her needs, building on their previous knowledge
and skills. Close links with the school are fostered by use of facilities, where relevant, thus
ensuring a smooth transition into the primary sector.
Parents are encouraged to be fully involved as much as possible in both the life of the school
and the progress and development of their child.
Prospective parents may visit the nursery during the open day held in December, or by
arrangement with the principal.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has delegated to the Principal its functions and responsibilities in
relation to the application of the admissions of pupils.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Should there be more applications than free places available, the following criteria will be
applied in order:
1 Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate pre-school
year (ie born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011).
2 Other children in their immediate pre-school year (dates above).
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Sub-criteria
In the event of over-subscription within criteria 1-2, the following sub-criteria will be applied in the
following order:
a
priority will be given to those who list Greenwood Nursery Unit as first preference.
b
Children who have a parent/guardian permanently
School/Nursery Unit or Strandtown Primary School.
c
Children who have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister, or other children living permanently at
the same address, currently attending Greenwood Primary School or who have previously attended
Greenwood in P1 - P3 classes and are currently attending Strandtown Primary School. (Indicate
name, year group and dates of attendance)
d
Remaining places will be granted in order determined by the proximity of the child’s permanent
residence to the school. Distance will be determined by a straight line measurement. Measurement
will be generated electronically using the Ordnance Survey website.
e
In the event of a tie children will be selected for admission on the basis of initial letter of surname
as entered on a birth certificate in the order set out below:
employed
by
Greenwood
Primary
R S C M W O K J V P Y Mc X D U L H Q G Mac E T N F Z B A I
This order was determined by a randomised selection of the letters of the alphabet.
In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the surname
will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the
initials of the forenames will be used.
Waiting List Policy
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Greenwood Nursery
Unit, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list
will be in place until 31 August 2014.
Parents must inform the school in writing if they wish their child’s name to be placed on the waiting list
for any place which become available after 1 September 2014. The above criteria b-e will then be
applied to fill a vacancy within the school’s admission number. This waiting list will be in place until 30
June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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HARMONY PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
FORTHRIVER CRESCENT
BELFAST
BT13 3SY
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9039 1332
Principal: Mrs A. Hutchinson B.ED, D.A.S.E.
Harmony Nursery Unit is a bright, modern two unit Nursery in the grounds of Harmony Primary
School, situated in the Glencairn Estate. The Nursery offers 52 places on a full-time basis.
Nursery hours: 9.00am – 1.30pm, with lunch at 12 noon.
At Harmony we pride ourselves in offering quality nursery provision for all our children. In
2012, the Nursery had an Inspection. The Inspectors found that we were a very good Nursery
and that our Pastoral Care was outstanding and behaviour was excellent. There were
excellent opportunities to learn in all areas of the curriculum – particularly the children’s very
good social skills and the progress in their language development and understanding of early
maths.
Our Nursery aims to provide pastoral care and to encourage Parent/Teacher cooperation and
involvement, to ensure each child benefits fully from his/her Nursery experience, sharing and
exchanging learning opportunities which have taken place at home and in Nursery. Parents
are welcome at all times and arrangements can be made for further contact between staff and
parents, (e.g. helping at the Book Lending Service, Nursery Outings, etc.) In conjunction with
the primary school, courses are available for parents who wish to develop their own skills in
helping their children.
Admissions Criteria Pre-School Year
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
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2
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* in their final pre-school year;
Children not falling within sub-paragraph (1) in their final pre-school year; and who at the
time of their proposed admission will not have a pre-school education place whether fulltime or part-time at another school nor any other premises.
Sub-criteria
The following sub-criteria will be applied in the following order in the event of the
number of applications in each category exceeding the nursery’s admissions number.
a
Priority will be given to those children who have listed Harmony Nursery Unit as their first
preference.
b
Children not already selected who will have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister in the
school, in the school year 2014/2015. (Indicate name and year group)
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c
Children not already selected who have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister who used
to attend Harmony Primary School (P1-P7). (Indicate name and date of attendance)
d
Children not already selected who have family connections with the school ie employment
of a parent/grandparent/guardian on the teaching or non-teaching staff or whose parent
/grandparent/guardian is a member of the Board of Governors.
e
Final selection will be made on the basis of closeness of the parent’s home to the school
as measured by a straight line from the child’s front door to the front door of the nursery
unit as measured by ‘Google Maps’. (Glencairn estate and then any other children from
other areas).
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admission criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. For example,
whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Penultimate Pre-School Year
The Board of Governors would advise parents of children born after 2 July 2011 that maximum
benefits of nursery education may be gained by those children who are of sufficient maturity to
cope with such a situation.
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3, final selection will be based on eldest first
and those who have chosen Harmony Nursery Unit as their first preference. Those children
born on the same day, sub- criterion (e) will apply for final selection.
Waiting List Policy
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Pre–school
year / Penultimate year that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and
applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the
published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
Parents must inform the school in writing if they wish their child’s name to be placed on the
waiting list should a place become available after 1 September 2014. This waiting list will be in
place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may
determine to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect
information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the
withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the
applicant’s Application Form.
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HAZELWOOD INTEGRATED PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY
242 Whitewell Road
NEWTOWNABBEY
BT36 7EN
Grant Maintained Nursery
Enrolment : No 52
Full-time Places
Telephone No: 028 9077 0421
Principal: Mrs P Murtagh
Hazelwood Integrated Nursery prides itself on being a warm and welcoming environment for
both parents and children. It is situated in a purpose-built double unit in the grounds of
Hazelwood Integrated Primary School. Very strong links exist between the two schools. The
Nursery aims to provide quality pre-school education in a planned integrated setting using a
child-centred philosophy and promoting a high level of parental involvement. The aim is also
to provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment which promotes each child’s social,
emotional, intellectual and physical development. Parents play a major role in the life of the
school, helping their own children, teachers, and by contributing to the activities of the PTA
and the Board of Governors. Nursery children may attend the Breakfast Club or After School
Club in the Primary. They also have access to Forest School Activities and can make use of
the school library, adventure playground and sports field. More information can be found on
our website link: www.hazelwoodips.co.uk
Dates and hours of opening - September 2014
September and October
November to June
9.00 am - 12.00 pm
9.00 am - 2.00 pm
Note: All Nursery children will have access to supervised care in the Primary School in the
After School Club from 2.00pm to 3.00 pm should it be required.
Staffing numbers and qualifications
2 full-time nursery teachers (BEd Hons)
3 full-time nursery assistants (NVQ Level 3 or equivalent)
Special Needs Policy
Hazelwood welcomes children with identified special needs as long as the specific needs of
the child can be met by the existing resources within the setting. If during the year it becomes
evident that a child has additional needs then the SENCO from the primary school becomes
involved and in conjunction with outside agencies these needs will be assessed and
appropriate support sought.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admissions criteria in accordance with the
Department of Education regulations and has delegated to the Admissions Committee its
functions and responsibilities in relation to the application of these criteria in the admission of
pupils to the school. We are committed to maintaining our religious balance. The criteria set
out below will be applied to applicants from Roman Catholic, Protestant/other Christian
backgrounds. We will reserve 20% of places for others who may be from a ‘mixed’ tradition
background, from a different religious/ethnic grouping or from those of no religious affiliation.
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In order to establish this balance it is therefore essential that all parents who seek a
place for their child complete our Pupil Information Form to indicate in which category
their son/daughter is to be included. This form is available from the school office.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application
form/Pupil Information Form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to
their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or
attached to it eg eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Priority will be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
In the event of the Nursery being over-subscribed the following criteria will be applied in the
order set out below:
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
In the event of the Nursery being oversubscribed using any of the above criteria, the following
sub-criteria will be applied in the order set out below:(i) Parents who have chosen Hazelwood Nursery as their first choice.
(ii) Children who have a sibling/half-sibling or foster sibling, living in the same home, who
currently attends Hazelwood Integrated Primary or Nursery School. (Indicate name and
dates of attendance)
(iii) Siblings or children of past pupils of Hazelwood Integrated Primary or Nursery School.
(Indicate name and dates of attendance)
(iv) Eldest child in the family.
(v) Parents who have demonstrated a commitment to integrated education in the following
ways:
a Parents who are past pupils of Hazelwood Integrated College. (Indicate name and
dates of attendance)
b Siblings of children who currently attend Hazelwood Integrated College. (Indicate name
and year group)
c Parents who have attended an integrated school. (Indicate name, name of school and
dates of attendance)
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If over-subscribed in any of the above sub-criteria, taken in order, final selection will be on the
basis of the initial letter of the surname in the order set down below. The surname used will
be as registered on the birth certificate or as subsequently legally changed and documented.
C S G M Mc B R H J Y D W L I F P N O X K T A V Z U Q
The order was determined by a randomized selection of letters of the alphabet.
In the event of surnames with the same initial letter the subsequent letter of the surname will
be used in alphabetical order.
In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the initial letter of the first
forename as registered on the birth certificate will be used. In the event of first forenames
beginning with the same letter the subsequent letters of the forename will be used.
Children who are unsuccessful in this admissions process will have their name automatically
placed on a waiting list in line with the ordered criteria and randomized alphabetical order
above. Applications received after 10 January 2014 will be placed at the end of this list.
Should a vacancy arise after 30 May 2014 we will contact families on the list in order of
placement, (while continuing to maintain our religious balance). This waiting list will remain
valid until 30 June 2015. Please contact the school if you wish your child’s name to be
removed from the list.
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HOLY CHILD NURSERY SCHOOL
40 SLIEVEGALLION DRIVE
BELFAST
BT11 8JP
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9062 7732
Principal: Mrs G McClenaghan, BEd, DASE
The Holy Child Nursery School is a modern, two unit, Catholic Maintained School situated in the heart
of Andersonstown in West Belfast. The school opened in January 1980 and can boast a pleasant, airy,
well-maintained building which is fully equipped and situated on a mature, enclosed site. In recent
years a number of modern innovative improvements have been made to the building. It provides an
attractive, challenging and stimulating enviroment which supports the children’s learning, and serves
the needs of the parents. The school provides 52 full-time places. Staff include the principal, Teacher,
two full-time Nursery Assistants, and a part-time Special Educational Needs Assistant as required. We
also have a Caretaker, a Secretary and a Dining Attendant.
Our staff are highly qualified and work to promote learning through well planned activities. We
endeavour to monitor the children’s progress carefully in order to meet their differing needs and help
them to realise their full potential. We work together closely as a team and every member is valued
and respected.
The aim of our school is to provide a secure, happy and caring environment where all parties work
together for the benefit of all the children. Within this environment the school provides a broad and
balanced curriculum based on the guidelines provided by the Department of Education. The
programme is designed to assist the all-round development of each child, promoting independence,
and ensuring equal opportunities for all. Parents are kept well informed of their children’s progress and
development. They are encouraged to participate in the life of the school, given opportunities to meet
with appropriate professionals, and enhance their own skills and development.
We forge close links with the local community and external agencies to provide support and information
to assist both staff and parents enhance the provision for the children.
The school is supported by a Board of Governors who show a dedication and commitment to the well
being of the children and staff, and the future development of the school.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors have determined that, in the event of more applicants than the places
available the following criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select children for the available
places.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Priority must be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
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2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
In the event of more pupils satisfying the last criterion which can be applied in the order of
priority set down above, then selection for the remaining places will be on the basis of the
following sub criteria:
1
Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) live in St Agnes’ Parish
2
Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) is/are currently a permanent employee in the school
or a member of the Board of Governors.
3
Children who have listed Holy Child Nursery School as their first choice.
4
Children who have special needs documented by statutory body – educational
Psychologist, Senior Medical Officer, Speech and Language Therapy Service.
5
Children who in the opinion of the Board of Governors have special home circumstances,
considered in the following order:
a) a child who has one or both parents deceased
b) a child whose parent has a serious long-term illness - medical evidence required
c) children who are twins (or other multiple birth)
6
Children with brothers/sisters/half brothers/half sisters presently enrolled in Holy Child
Primary School. (Indicate name and present class)
In the event of there being more applicants than places remaining for the last sub-criteria
which can be applied then selection will be on the basis of a randomized selection of letters of
the alphabet, as set out below, first by Surname and then by Christian/Forename in the order
listed on the Birth Certificate.
F O N R T K U Z G M P I X Q Mc Y L A E W D H C V B Mac S J
In the event of 2 or more children having the same Surname and Christian/Forename a
computerized ‘random selection tie-breaker’ will be applied.
3
Other children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
If places are available they will be allocated on the basis of chronological age ie oldest first.
In the event of 2 or more children having the same date of birth then preference will be given
to those who have named Holy Child Nursery School as their first choice on their application
form. If there are 2 or more children who fit this criterion then selection will be on the basis of
randomized selection of letter of the alphabet as set out above, first by surname and then by
christian/forename in the order listed on the birth certificate.
The Admissions Criteria will be applied by a Nursery Admissions Sub-Committee consisting of
the Principal and three Governors subject to the final approval of the Board of Governors.
The same criteria will be used for applications after 30 May 2014.
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Waiting List
If you wish your child’s name to be held on a waiting list for Holy Child Nursery School please
indicate this on your application form. New applicants who wish to join the waiting list must
inform the school in writing.
The above criteria and sub criteria will be applied to those on the waiting list and will be used
for any new applications up to 30 June 2015.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it eg proof of
socially disadvantaged circumstances*, proof of residency in parish, evidence to support
special educational needs/special circumstances and if appropriate the name/class of child
attending Holy Child Primary School etc.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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HOLY CHILD PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
SOUTH GREEN
BELFAST
BT11 8JF
Maintained Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9061 4823
Principal: Mr M Short
Teacher in charge of Nursery Unit: Mrs M Kielty
Holy Child Primary School Nursery Unit opened in October 2000. It is a self-contained unit
with its own full facilities within the Primary School complex providing 26 full-time nursery
places.
The Nursery Unit, which is well equipped and resourced, is staffed by a qualified teacher and
a trained nursery assistant and provides a warm, caring, stimulating environment aimed at
encouraging each child to reach his/her full potential.
At Holy Child we recognise the essential role parents have to play in their children’s education
and they are encouraged to become fully involved in the life and work of the school.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has determined that, in the event of more applicants than the places
available, the following admissions criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select
children for the available places.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 (whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are not
from socially disadvantaged circumstances*).
In the event of over-subscription, within any of the above criteria the following sub-criteria will
be applied in the order set down below:
a) Pupils whose parents live in St Agnes’ Parish.
b) Children who have listed Holy Child Nursery Unit as their first choice.
c) Pupils who have a brother/half brother, sister/half sister currently enrolled in Holy Child
Primary School/Nursery Unit. (Indicate name and year group)
d) Eldest/Only child in the family. This is subject to satisfying verification as set out below:62
The verifying letter must state that the child is the eldest and that the child and family are
known to the verifier. It must be written on headed notepaper and signed by one of the
following who is not a member of the applicant’s family;
(a) a medical practitioner
(b) a solicitor
(c) a clergyman or equivalent
(d) a school principal
e) Pupils whose parent/guardian will be permanent members of the staff in the school year
2014/2015.
f) Pupils whose parent/guardian, brother/half-brother, sister/half-sister are former pupils of
Holy Child Primary School/Unit. (Indicate name and dates of attendance)
g) Pupils who have had a grandparent who was a past pupil of Holy Child Primary School.
(Indicate name and dates of attendance)
h) In the event of a tie-break situation, applicants will be selected for admission on the basis
of the initial letter of surname as entered on the birth certificate or court order in the order
set out below, as determined by a random computer generated selection (Excel). This will
be overseen by a member of the Board of Governors and an internal supervisor.
Z I L W H M F J C B O P Mc Q E A K T V S Y R X D G Mac U N
In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter, the subsequent letters of the
surname will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames, the
alphabetical order of the initials of the forenames, as entered on the birth certificate or court
order will be used.
In the event of vacancies remaining after criteria 1-2 and sub criteria (a)-(h) have been
applied, the following criteria will be applied to other applicants.
3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1July 2012.
In the event of there being more applicants than places then selection will be on the basis of
rank order of age, oldest first.
For those born on the same day the award of places will be decided through sub criteria (a)(h).
Please note that: staff may request that a child is collected early if in their opinion he/she is
not ready for a full session in the Nursery.
Proof of residency will be required at the time of application.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Holy Child
Nursery Unit, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
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The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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HOLY CROSS NURSERY SCHOOL
BUTLER WALK
ARDOYNE
BT14 7NZ
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9074 5672
Principal: Mrs Nuala Gallagher B Ed DASE
Holy Cross Nursery School is a catholic nursery school built in 1994 to serve the pre-school children of
Holy Cross Parish. It is a well resourced modern nursery school set in it’s own grounds with an
attractive outdoor play area.
The school is staffed by 2 qualified teachers with special training in early years education, 2 full-time
and 2 part-time nursery assistants all of whom have specialised qualifications to work with young
children.
In Holy Cross Nursery School we work in partnership with parents to create a safe, happy, inclusive
and respectful learning environment, where every child is encouraged to develop to their full and
unique potential as active children of God.
We offer children a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum, which takes account of each child’s
individual needs, character, talents and abilities.
We welcome parental participation in the nursery school and offer advice and support to parents in their
role as primary educator of their child.
We have close links with Holy Cross Girls’ and Holy Cross Boys’ Primary Schools and we actively
participate in the community life of our parish.
We operate a long standing and very successful schools community relations programme for children
and parents with our buddies in Edenderry Nursery School each year.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
Priority will be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the allocated time for admissions.
In the event of the school being over-subscribed the school’s admissions criteria have been drawn up
by the governors in accordance with D.E. regulations. The Admissions Criteria will be applied by the
Admissions Sub-committee and subject to the approval of the Board of Governors.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
All criteria will apply as on the closing date on the application form.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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Sub-Criteria
In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria, sub-criteria will be applied as
follows:
a
b
c
d
e
Children who live with their parent/guardian in Holy Cross Parish.
Children who have listed Holy Cross Nursery as their first preference.
Children with documented special educational need or documented referral from health
and social services.
Children whose brothers/sisters have previously attended the nursery school. (Indicate
name and dates of attendance)
Children who have special circumstances considered in the following order:
 children who are twins or multiple births
 children whose parent/guardian is permanently employed in the school
For children in their penultimate pre-school year the following criteria will be applied.
3
Children in their penultimate pre-school year whose parents(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
4
Children in their penultimate pre-school year.
In the event of over-subscription within any sub-criteria final selection will be based on the
shortest walking distance from the nursery school to the child’s home as measured by Google
maps.
D.E. Circular 2010/14 paragraph 35 states that children in their penultimate pre-school year
are not automatically entitled to a second year’s pre-school education and must make a new
application for a further year’s pre-school education.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Holy Cross Nursery
School, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list
will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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HOLY FAMILY NURSERY SCHOOL
Maintained Nursery School
27 BALTIC AVENUE
BELFAST
BT15 2HR
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9035 1552
Principal: Mrs A Davidson
Holy Family Nursery School was opened in September 1977 and for the first time catholic nursery
education was made available in the parish.
It is a purpose built double-unit nursery sited in a secluded area adjacent to the Antrim Road. Its ideal
location offers the children safe and tranquil surroundings.
The aim of our nursery is to develop each individual child spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically
and intellectually through play.
In Holy Family Nursery we lay special emphasis on the needs of each individual child, alongside this
we make provision for children requiring extra care and attention due to specific learning difficulties.
In order to achieve this we provide the children with a wide range of play experiences. The staff
consists of a dedicated and committed team of professionals who realise and value the importance of
play in the child’s development. They observe, monitor and record the progress of the children as they
develop throughout the year.
The policy of this school is to involve the parents/guardians in the education of their children. For the
majority of children nursery school is the first introduction to the ‘outside’ world and parents/guardians
are encouraged to cooperate fully with the staff in the nursery to help bridge the gap between home
and school.
The school is an integral part of the community and through the curriculum we endeavour to sow the
seeds of the social, educational and Catholic ethos of the community.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
Children who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission will not be
considered for places until all children who reside in Northern Ireland have been considered.
The Board of Governors has determined that, in the event of more applicants than the places available
the following criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select children for the available places.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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Sub-Criteria
In the event of over-subscription any one of the following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set
down.
1
Children who have listed Holy Family Nursery School as their first preference.
2
Children whose grandparent(s)/parent(s)/aunt(s) are employed in the school.
3
Children who live with their parent(s)/guardian(s) in Holy Family Parish
4
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 who reside in the Parish of Holy Family and
who are considered by an Education and Library Board as having a significant special educational
needs which indicate that the child would benefit from nursery education. Documentary evidence
must be submitted to the Board of Governors.
5
Children with brother(s)/sister(s)/half brother(s)/half sister(s) who have attended Holy Family
Nursery School. (Indicate name and date of attendance)
6
Children who in the opinion of the Board of Governors have special home circumstances in the
following order:
a Children currently on the “At Risk’ register maintained by Social Services.
b A child who has one or both parents deceased.
c A child whose parent(s) have a serious long-term illness (medical evidence required).
d Children who are twins or multiple births.
Proof of residency will be required at the time of application.
Penultimate Pre-School Year
If places are available, priority will be given to children on the basis of age ie eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Holy Family Nursery School
that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June
2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s
name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that
all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application
form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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HOLY ROSARY NURSERY SCHOOL
SUNNYSIDE CRESCENT
BELFAST
BT7 3DB
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9049 1314
Principal: Mrs C McGrenaghan B Ed ACNE
Teacher: Mrs S Morrison B.Ed (Hons)
E-mail: [email protected]
School Hours: 9.00am – 1.30pm
Holy Rosary Nursery School is a Catholic Maintained Nursery School which opened in September 1980
to serve the needs of the children of Holy Rosary Parish.
The Nursery School is situated just off the Ormeau Road. It is easily accessible from
Stranmillis Road, Malone Road and Saintfield Road and on the main bus route from Carryduff
and Four Winds. It is a feeder school to Holy Rosary, St Michael’s, St Bride’s, St Bernard’s, St
Ita’s and Forge Integrated Primary School.
The school has undergone major refurbishment to bring it in line with the new requirements of
the Northern Ireland Disability Order. It is strongly committed to including children with special
educational needs and ensures equality of access for all parents and children. It is a fully
inclusive school which values cultural diversity and welcomes children from all ethnic
backgrounds. The staff is experienced in addressing the needs of children who have English
as an additional language and has undergone specialised training in this area.
The ethos of Holy Rosary Nursery School is to ensure that all children have access to a wide
and varied curriculum which is carefully planned by staff to meet the needs of each individual
child. The school has an extensive curriculum which offers a wide range of play experiences.
It draws on the support of local professionals to enhance these experiences and give children
first hand knowledge of the real world. Children are provided with a safe, stimulating and
attractive outdoor learning environment which creates opportunities for physical, imaginative
and sensory play and encourages them to explore and investigate their environment.
The school is an integral part of the community and has forged strong links with local schools
and colleges. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the life of the school and staff
work in partnership with parents in order to provide the best possible pre-school experience for
their children.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
Children who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission
will not be considered for places until all children who reside in Northern Ireland have been
considered.
The Board of Governors has determined that, in the event of more applicants than the places
available, the following admissions criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select
children for the available places.
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*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-Criteria
Should the school be oversubscribed in any of the above criteria the following subcriteria will be applied:
a
Children who have listed Holy Rosary Nursery School as their first preference.
b
Children whose grandparent(s)/parent(s)/aunt(s) are employed in the school or a current
member of the Board of Governors.
c
Children whose siblings, half-brother/sister currently or previously attended Holy Rosary
Nursery School. (Indicate name and date of attendance)
d Children who live with their parent/guardian in Holy Rosary Parish.
e Children who live with their parent/guardian in St Anthony’s Parish.
f
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 who reside in the Parish of Holy
Rosary/St Anthony’s and who are considered by an education and Library Board as having
significant special educational needs which indicate that the child would benefit from
nursery education. Documentary evidence must be submitted to the Board of Governors.
g Distance from the school as measured by the shortest driving distance from the front door
of the school to the front door of the child’s home by public thoroughfare.
In the event of two or more children’s permanent residence being measured equal distance for
the final place, children will be selected by age with the oldest being selected first.
In the event of vacancies remaining after the above criteria have been applied the following
criterion will be applied for other applicants.
3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 will be considered on the basis of rank
order of age – oldest first.
Where applications are made on the basis of socially disadvantaged circumstaces*, the
relevant section MUST be completed and stamped by the Social Security Agency.
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Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Holy Rosary
Nursery School Unit that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and
applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the
published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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HOPE NURSERY SCHOOL
104 HOPEWELL CRESCENT
BELFAST
BT13 1DN
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone/Fax No: 028 9032 3185
E mail: [email protected]
Principal: Mrs Sandra Andrew BEd Hons.
Chairman of Board of Governors: Mrs E Sedgwick
Hope Nursery School, which opened in 1976, is a modern double unit controlled school
conveniently situated just off both the Crumlin and Shankill Roads.
The school is bright, well maintained and equipped, superbly resourced and the general
atmosphere is extremely happy and relaxed to allow maximum learning opportunities for the
children in our care. The friendly staff, who are all qualified early years specialists, are highly
motivated and committed to ensuring that each child reaches their full potential.
Our curriculum is wide-ranging and carefully planned to meet the individual needs of each
child. Our work with the children will support and extend their development in the six key
areas of learning.
The children’s experience is extended and enhanced by regular visits by P.E and musical
specialists. We also offer a range of educational visits to various locations.
The nursery school encourages the involvement of parents in the work of the school through
school trips, classroom based activities, the parent and toddler group and a range of parent
classes. Currently the school offers a breakfast club from 8.30- 8.45 am.
Any prospective parent who would like to visit the school will be made more than welcome.
Please contact the Principal after 1.30 pm to arrange a suitable time.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
The Board of Governors of Hope Nursery School will apply the following criteria in order of
priority.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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Sub-criteria
In the event of over-subscription on any of the above criteria the Governors will employ the
following sub-criteria in the order set down:
a Children who have listed Hope Nursery School as their first preference.
b Children or Grandchildren of a member of staff or school Governor.
c Siblings who are attending/have attended the Nursery School. (Indicate name and
date of attendance)
In the event of there being more applicants than places remaining for the last sub criterion
which can be applied, then selection will be on the basis of alphabetical order of name
(surname first) as the name appears on the birth certificate. (as used in the telephone
directory)
Penultimate Pre-school Year
3
Children born between 2 July and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3, final selection will be based on eldest first.
Those children born on the same day, selection will be made on alphabetical order of name
(surname first) as the name appears on the birth certificate.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Hope
Nursery School, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
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KNOCKNAGONEY PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
KNOCKNAGONEY ROAD
BELFAST
BT4 2NR
Controlled Co-Ed Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9076 8496
www.knocknagoney.co.uk
Principal: Mrs A Burton B.Ed(Hons) PQH
Nursery Teacher: Mrs N Campbell BA(Hons) PGCE (Early Years)
The Nursery unit is an integral part of Knocknagoney Primary School; there are 26 children on
a full-time basis (9.00-1.30). While we have strong links with the main school, particularly the
P1 class, the Nursery is fully self-contained. Dinners, which are taken in the Nursery unit, are
provided from the primary school’s own meals kitchen.
The Nursery teacher has qualifications and experience in early years learning and is ably
assisted by enthusiastic and committed classroom assistants.
There is a bright, well equipped play room with a quiet room for reading; children’s toilet area,
spacious cloakroom, role play area and kitchen. The modern, well equipped Nursery has been
extended to include an indoor safety-surfaced area used for large equipment and vigorous
play on a daily basis. In addition we have an enclosed outdoor area also with safety surfacing
where children benefit from the range of play equipment and can enhance their physical
development, explore their environment and develop their imagination.
The Nursery aims to create a secure, stimulating environment in which children can learn
together and progress with confidence. Children are valued as individuals and given equal
opportunities to grow emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically. A warm welcome is
extended to parents as partners in the education of their children, and their involvement and
co-operation is encouraged. Opportunities exist both formally and on an informal basis
throughout the year to discuss children’s progress with Nursery staff and a monthly newsletter
which along with the school website provides parents with further useful information regarding
the Nursery programme. Prior to admission, parents will be invited to an informative meeting
in early June; the children will likewise be invited to meet staff and other children in a short,
introductory play session. The staff carry out home visits to talk informally with the parents
and child and help to ease the settling in process.
During the year we enjoy having many visitors such as Streamvale Farm and Belfast Zoo and
the children also have the opportunity of going on outings which are carefully planned and
supervised.
An open day is provided for parents to see the Nursery. Prospective parents are invited to
attend an Open Afternoon/Evening which will be held on Thursday 28 November 2013, 2-4pm
and 5-7pm.
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ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s Nursery Unit admissions criteria and has delegated to the
principal its function and responsibilities in relation to the application of these criteria and the admission of pupils
to the Unit.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income Support
or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been ‘converted’ into an
Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit
remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged
circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012. Place will be given to eldest first. Sub-criteria
will then be applied in the event of two or more children having the same date of birth.
In the event of the Unit being over-subscribed in any criteria above, the Governors will select children for
admission using the sub-criteria set out below. The criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set down.
Sub-criteria
1 Children whose parents or guardians have listed Knocknagoney as their first preference on the application
form.
2
Children who have brothers/sisters/half-brothers/half-sisters or other children living permanenetly at the same
address currently attending Knocknagoney Primary School (P1 - P7) or who will be enrolled in the Primary
School in September 2014. (Indicate name and year group)
3
Children whose parent/guardian, brother/sister, half brother/sister are past pupils of Knocknagoney Primary
School. (Indicate name of brother/sister maiden name of mother, father and date of attendance)
4
Children who have a parent/guardian employed by Knocknagoney Primary and Nursery Unit. (excluding staff
employed by School Meals Service)
5
Children who live nearest to the school. Distance will be determined by a straight line measurement from the
front door of the child’s home to the entrance to the school. Measurement will be generated electronically
using the Ordnance Survey website.
In the event of two or more children’s permanent residence being measured equal distance for the final place,
children will be selected by age with the oldest being selected first.
NB Priority will be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the allocated time for admission.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account the information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Knocknagoney Nursery School
Unit that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has
been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30
June 2015. The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s
name to be removed from the list.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify
information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within
the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any
school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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LOWWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
SHERINGHURST PARK
BELFAST
BT15 4BL
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9037 0094
Principal: Mr David Patterson MEd BSc(Hons) PGCE
Lowwood Nursery is an integral part of Lowwood Primary School and in May 2004 moved into
a brand new ‘state of the art’ building occupying its original site overlooking Belfast Lough.
Our attractive, modern school environment allows us to provide a range of learning
experiences for children better equipping them to gain life skills for 21 st century living.
Central to the philosophy of the school as a whole, and the Nursery Unit in particular, is a
commitment to the all-round development of the child. Children ‘work’ in a caring and
supportive environment where they will be stimulated, encouraged and praised. At Lowwood
we aim to raise the self-esteem of all children, encouraging them to mix well with their peers,
so acquiring a range of social skills and confidences.
The nursery curriculum has been carefully planned, and is regularly reviewed, to ensure that
the children are given a wide range of stimulating activities; there are opportunities for children
to engage in imaginative play and to play with construction toys, table-top toys, jigsaws, sand
and water etc, as well as participating in activities such as painting, crafts, music and story
telling. Physical skills are developed through the children using a wide variety of indoor and
outdoor equipment. Activities and resources are frequently changed and rotated ensuring that
the learning experiences remain fresh, interesting and challenging.
A well stocked library is available to encourage children to develop a love for books at an early
age. Parents are encouraged to borrow books to read with their children.
At Lowwood we recognise the essential role parents have to play in a child’s education.
Parents are kept regularly informed of monthly themes and activities, and at the end of each
year are invited to the school to discuss their child’s progress. We encourage every parent to
become fully involved in the life and work of the school.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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In the event of over-subscription, within any of the above criteria, the following sub-criteria will
be applied:
1 Pupils who have a sibling enrolled in Lowwood Primary School in the year starting Nursery.
2 Children of permanent staff in the school.
3
Pupils who have a sibling who earlier attended Lowwood Primary School. (Indicate name
and dates of attendance)
4
Children who have a parent/guardian who attended Lowwood Primary School. (Indicate
name and dates of attendance)
5 Preference will be given to applicants who have listed Lowwood Nursery as their first
preference.
6 Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) homes are closest to the Nursery School as
measured by a straight line on the Ordnance Survey Map from the front door of the child’s
home to the front door of the Nursery Unit.
In the event of vacancies remaining after the above criteria have been applied, the following
criteria will be applied to other applicants.
3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3 final selection will be based on eldest first.
Those children born on the same day, sub-criterion 3 will apply for final selection.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Lowwood
Nursery School Unit, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and
applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the
published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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MATT TALBOT NURSERY SCHOOL
1A NEW BARNSLEY GREEN
BELFAST
BT12 7HS
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9032 1997
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.matttalbot.weebly.com
Principal: Rosemary Ward BSSc (Hons), PhD, P.G.C.E
Matt Talbot Nursery School is a bright modern two unit nursery school situated within the
Parish of Corpus Christi. This Catholic Maintained school opened in 1991 and offers 52 full
time nursery places. The school is permanently staffed by 2 qualified teachers and 4 nursery
assistants. It is a pleasant, well maintained building which has a comprehensive range of
suitable resources and equipment.
Matt Talbot Nursery School aims to create an environment in which children feel secure and
happy, in an atmosphere of warmth, love and understanding. We provide a broad and
balanced curriculum, and each child is given the opportunity to grow and develop to his/her
fullest potential not only physically and intellectually, but in confidence, self-esteem, respect for
others, self-discipline and awareness of the environment. Matt Talbot Nursery School
enriches and enhances our children’s learning experiences.
On 28 May 2013 the Education and Training Inspectorate awarded the school a grade of
outstanding in each of the 3 areas inspected which were:
1.
The Quality of the Children’s Achievements
2.
The Quality of the Provision for Learning
3.
The Quality of Leadership and Management
The school offers an ‘Early Bird’ Club from 8.30am – 9.00am each day. The full time teaching
session is from 9.00am – 1.30pm.
Children from the nursery have successfully won the UK Barnardo’s ‘A Child’s View’ Calendar
Competition in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The December 2010 image was used as an eChristmas card by KPMG worldwide accountancy firm in 2011 and the December 2012 image
was selected for a Christmas card design to be sold in packs for Christmas 2013 across the
UK. The school has won various other awards and competitions including ‘Best Kept Schools’,
‘Belfast City Council Brighter Belfast Environmental Awards’ and ‘West Belfast Partnership
Awards’.
Parents are welcome in the nursery at all times. We value their support and cooperation not
only with material needs but acting as equal partners with staff in the development of the
children. Our parent coordinator has successfully assisted parents in completing the Active
Belfast Programme and with graduating from the ‘Incredible Years Programme for Parents’
and Essential Skills English and Maths Programmes.
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Parents who are considering making an application to the school are welcome to visit.
Arrangements for such a visit can be made by contacting the Principal at the above
address/telephone number/email address – preferably before 9.00am or after 2.00pm each
day.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has determined that in the event of more applicants than places
available, the following Admissions Criteria will be applied in the order set down to select
children for the available places. The sub-criteria will be applied in the event of oversubscription in any of the statutory criteria.
The Board of Governors delegates to the Principal and a Selection Committee the
responsibility of applying the criteria. Such selection is then finally approved the Board of
Governors.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1.
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are
from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who reside within the Parish of Corpus
Christi.
2.
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are
from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
3.
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 who reside within the Parish of
Corpus Christi.
4.
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
5.
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 from the Parish of Corpus Christi
who are considered by an Education and Library Board as having significant special
educational needs which indicate that the child would benefit from nursery education.
Documentary evidence must be submitted to the Board of Governors.
Sub Criteria for pre-school children:
In the event of more pupils satisfying the last criterion which can be applied in the order of
priority set down above, then selection for the remaining places will be on the basis of the
following sub-criteria:
1.2
Any child returning for a second year in Matt Talbot Nursery School.
2.2
Priority given to pupils who put Matt Talbot Nursery School as their first preference.
3.2
Child or grandchild of a member of staff or school governor.
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4.2
5.2
6.2
Children who have brother(s)/sister(s), half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) currently attending
Matt Talbot Nursery School. (Name, Year Group and Year of Attendance). This will be
verified by Matt Talbot Nursery School.
Children who are currently on the ‘at risk’ register maintained by Social Services. This
information must be attached to the nursery application form.
Children who in the opinion of the Board of Governors have special home
circumstances will be considered in the following order:
a)
b)
c)
7.2
A child who has one or both parents deceased.
A child whose parent has a serious long-term illness – medical evidence
required.
Children who are twins ( or other multiple birth).
Children with brother(s)/sister(s), half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) who have previously
attended Matt Talbot Nursery School. (Name, Year Group and Year of Attendance).
This will be verified by Matt Talbot Nursery School.
If over-subscribed in any of the above sub-criteria taken in order – final selection will be on the
basis of the initial letter of the surname in order set down below. The surname used will be as
registered on the birth certificate or as subsequently legally changed and documented.
The Order was determined by a randomised selection of letters of the alphabet made on 10
September 2013.
Y, J, W, E, F, H, Q, R, D, Mac, X, T, M, G, P, Mc, A, B, O, Z, C, N, U, S, L, K, I, V
In the event of surnames with the same initial letter the subsequent letter of the surname will
be used in alphabetical order.
In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the forename as register on
the birth certificate will be used.
Sub criteria for penultimate pre-school children:
If places are still available after all pre-school children are placed i.e. at end of stage 2 –
remaining places will be allocated to children in the penultimate pre-school year – i.e. children
born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 in accordance with:
1.3
2.3
Age of child – eldest first
Children whose parents are from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Matt Talbot
Nursery School, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
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Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
IMPORTANT NOTICE
When considering which children should be selected for admission – the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to application form.
Parents should ensure that all information relating to their child is included on the form and
relates only to the admissions criteria – i.e.
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Name of siblings attending/previously attended the Nursery School
Year of attendance
Residency in Parish of Corpus Christi
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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McARTHUR NURSERY SCHOOL
SUSAN STREET
BELFAST
BT5 4FE
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9045 1965
Website: www.mcarthurnursery.co.uk
Principal: Mrs E Daly B. Ed
McArthur Nursery School is the second oldest Nursery School in Northern Ireland having been
established in 1936 by the members of the McArthur Hall Old Girls’ Association of Methodist College,
Belfast. Over the years it occupied various sites in the Newtownards Road area before moving in
January 1990 to a refurbished and extended wing of Beechfield Primary School.
The school staff consists of the Principal, an Assistant Teacher, four Nursery Assistants, a part-time
Caretaker, Secretary and Dining Attendant.
The school aims to provide a relaxed, caring environment where the children feel happy and secure
and a curriculum which will promote intellectual, social, emotional, physical, aesthetic and moral
development.
The school has two separate playrooms, a large communal cloakroom area which can also be used for
singing, music and movement, building, art and baking activities, a Parents’ Room and a very pleasant,
south-facing outdoor area part of which is ‘all-weather’ in that it is covered and shuttered. We believe
that these facilities along with our excellent resources and well qualified staff provide a very suitable
environment for pre-school children. All places are offered on a full-time basis from 9.00 am to 13.30
pm.
Close co-operation between home and school is encouraged at all times. Parents will be invited to the
school to meet the staff and learn more about nursery education in the summer term. The children will
also be invited to come along with their parents for an afternoon visit to meet the staff and try out some
of the toys and activities.
Toileting Policy
Children need to be independent in toileting routines. If a child has an accident, a member of staff will
assist them in changing themselves. If a child soils themselves we will telephone the parent. We do
not have the facilities or level of staffing needed to provide intimate care. In the event we are unable to
contact the parent we will provide the best care we can for the child.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admissions criteria and has delegated to the Principal its
function and responsibilities in the relation of these criteria and the admission of pupils to the school.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income Support
or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been ‘converted’ into an
Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit
remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged
circumstances’.
The criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set down.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
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2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
In the event of over-subscription, within any of the above criteria, the following sub-criterion will
be applied:
A Children whose parents have chosen McArthur Nursery as first preference on the
application form.
B Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) homes are closest to the Nursery as measured by
Google Maps walking distance from the front door of the child’s home to the front door
of the Nursery School.
In the event of vacancies remaining after the above criteria have been applied the following
criterion will be applied to other applicants.
3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3, final selection will be based on eldest first.
For those children born on the same day sub-criterion B will apply for final selection.
NOTE
These admission arrangements will apply for the 2014/2015 school year but may be revised in
subsequent years at the discretion of the Board of Governors.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to McArthur
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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NAÍSCOIL AN tSLÉIBHE DHUIBH
15A Ballymurphy Road
BELFAST
BT12 7JL
Grant Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 90237146
E-mail: pmisté[email protected]
Principal: Pilib Mistéil
Naíscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh is an Irish Medium Nursery Unit of Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh. It
provides full time places to 26 children and a range of after-school activities through the
medium of Irish. Attendance at Naíscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh fulfills the requirements of prerequisite pre-school immersion education which assists entry into Bunscoil and tSléibhe
Dhuibh. Naíscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh provides a broad and balanced pre-school curriculum
which develops the child’s physical, emotional, linguistic and creative talents.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria, the following sub-criteria will
be applied if places are still available after all children have been placed in the Nursery year,
the remaining places will be allocated to children in the pre-nursery year according to the subcriteria listed.
1
Childern who attend year 1 of Naíscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh’s immersion program.
2
Children who have or have had a brother or sister, half-brother or half-sister from the same
household attending Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh. (Indicate name, year group and date
of attendance)
3
Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) is/are employed in Naíscoil or Bunscoil an tSléibhe
Dhuibh.
4 Children from an Irish Language background.
5
Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have listed Naíscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh as their first
preference.
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In the event of continued oversubscription, the following order will be given to:
1
The date of the expression of interest form was registered.
2
The proximity of the family home (proof of residency will be required) to the Naíscoil.
3
Children who have attended other year 1 immersion settings.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Naíscoil an
tSléibhe Dhuibh, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
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NAÍSCOIL BHEANN MHADAGÁIN/BUNSCOIL BHEANN MHADAGÁIN
Wyndham Drive
BELFAST
BT14 6HP
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9074 7184
Principal: Máire Uí Éigeartaigh
Naíscoil Co-ordinator: Seosaimhín Ní Ghribín
The Naíscoil will be open from 9.00am – 1.30pm.
At Naíscoil Bheann Mhadagáin our aim is to meet the needs of each individual child in a
stimulating, caring and nurturing environment.
Naíscoil Curriculum
Naíscoil Bheann Mhadagáin is an Irish language Nursery School in North Belfast. We aim to
provide in consultation with Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin;
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a high standard of physical and emotional care;
partnership with parents in their children’s early educational development;
a wide range of active play-based learning experiences;
Our planned curriculum offers the opportunity for the child to develop their social emotional,
cognitive skills through the various topics and themes eg. the seasons, myself, family etc. The
child develops an understanding of their environment and themselves as individuals. We
believe in providing the child with as many opportunities as possible to enhance their creativity
through free play.
Special Needs Policy
Children with special needs like all other children are admitted to the nursery after consultation
between parents and the Naíscoil teacher. The Naíscoil works closely with the additional
needs co-ordinator in the Bunscoil to access all available services for the children in our
setting.
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Our system of observation and record keeping, which operates in conjunction with
parents, enables us to monitor children’s needs and progress on an individual basis.
We work in liaison with staff outside the group, including speech therapists, health
visitors, psychologists, social workers and pediatricians to meet children’s specific
needs.
Our staff attend training on a wide range of topics covering all areas of the Early Years
curriculum and including ‘special needs and inclusion’ and emotional well-being.
Naíscoil Staff
Our Naíscoil is staffed by a fully qualified teacher with a wealth of experience in the
Foundation stage and nursery assistants who are suitably qualified.
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Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year;
2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
In the event of over-subscription in any of the above criteria the following sub-criteria will be
applied in the order set down:
a
Priority will be given to those children whose parents choose Naíscoil Bheann Mhadagáin
as their first preference.
b
Children whom the Board of Governors deem to have completed satisfactory attendance
in the Irish Medium play group at Bheann Mhadagáin or at Naíscoil Ard Eoin and who
have or have had a brother/sister or half-brother/half-sister from within the same
household attending Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin. (Indicate name, year group and
date of attendance)
c
Children who have a parent employed in the school and whom the Board of Governors
deem to have completed satisfactory attendance in an Irish Medium preschool or
playgroup.
d
Children from an Irish language background.
e
Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age – Eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Náiscoil
Bheann Mhadagáin that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and
applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the
published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
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NAÍSCOIL BHREANDÁIN/BUNSCOIL PHOBAL FEIRSTE
11 PÁIRC ROSGOILL
BÉAL FEIRSTE
BT11 9QS
Grant Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Guthan/Phone: 028 9062 0410/ 028 9030 1598
[email protected]
www.bunscoilphobalfeirste.com
Comhordaitheoir Naíscoil/Nursery co-ordinator: Caitlín Nic an tSionnaigh
Príomhoide/Principal: Deirdre Nic Suibhne
Is aonad nua-aimseartha í Naíscoil Bhreandáin atá lonnaithe i nGaeltacht Bhóthar Seoighe agus a
chuireann 52 áit lán-aimseartha ar fáil. Is i gcomhar a chéile a oibríonn na múinteoirí Caitlín Nic an
tSionnaigh agus Dara Mac Eachaidh leis na cúntóirí díograiseacha leis an churaclam naíscoile a chur
ar fáil do pháistí trí mheán na Gaeilge.
Tá suíomh foghlama sona, suaimhneach ar fáil do gach páiste sa naíscoil. Aithnímid cumas gach
páiste agus tagann bláth ar gach duine faoinár gcúram.
Aithnímid gur páirtnéirí tábhachtacha iad tuismitheoirí in oideachas a bpáistí agus molaimid agus
cuirimid fáilte roimh ionchur s’acu i saol na naíscoile. Cuirimid club bricfeasta ar fáil ón 8:10rn go
9:00rn agus cumann iarscoile ón 1:30in go 2:00in. Tá córás aistrithe forbartha go maith againn idir
baile agus naíscoil agus ansin idir naíscoil agus an scoil. Tá sé le tuiscint go n0aistreoidh na páistí ó
Naíscoil Bhreandáin go Bunscoil Phobal Feirste.
Sa chigireacht is déanaí de chuid ETI i Mí Dheireadh Fómhair 2012 aithníodh Naíscoil
Bhreandáin/Bunscoil Phobal Feirste mar ‘Outstanding’.
Tá cuireadh ar thuismitheoirí freastal ar Oíche Oscailte ar an Chéadaoin 4 Nollaig 2013 ar
6:00in.
Naíscoil Bhreandáin is a modern double unit situated in the Shaw’s Road Gaeltacht and offers 52
places on a full-time basis. A team of dedicated assistants support the experienced teachers Caitlín
Nic an tSionnaigh and Dara Mac Eachaidh in providing the nursery curriculum through the medium of
Irish.
It is our goal that every child who attends Naíscoil Bhreandáin will feel safe, secure and happy in our
caring environment. We endeavour to meet the needs of each individual child in our care and will
allow them to grow and develop at their own pace.
The curriculum in Naíscoil Bhreandáin is underpinned by careful planning to promote language
learning through play and practical activities in an enjoyable and stimulating environment. Much
attention is given to developing the intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic and moral development of
the child. Irish is not the home language of most of the children who attend Naíscoil Bhreandáin but in
this model of immersion education children acquire the necessary language skills to enable them to
continue and access the primary curriculum through Irish.
We recognise parents are valuable partners in their children’s education and encourage and welcome
their involvement in the work of the nursery. We offer a breakfast club from 8:10-9:00 and an after
schools club from 1:30-2:00pm. We have also developed a comprehensive transition programme
which allows children to experience a smooth transition from home to nursery and in turn from nursery
to school. It is our understanding that children who attend Naíscoil Bhreandáin will transfer to Bunscoil
Phobal Feirste.
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In our recent ETI Inspection in October 2012 Naíscoil Bhreandáin/Bunscoil Phobal Feirste was
identified as ‘Outstanding’.
Prospective parents are invited to an Open Night on Wednesday 4 December at 6:00pm
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
1
Children whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have listed Naíscoil Bhreandáin as their first
preference.
2
Children whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) is a member of the teaching/ancillary staff of
Naíscoil Bhreandáin/Bunscoil Phobal Feirste.
3
Children whose siblings attend Bunscoil Phobal Feirste. (Indicate name and year group)
4
Children whose parents use Irish as a home language.
5
Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age-eldest first.
If places are available after all children in their pre-school year are placed, remaining places
will be allocated to children in their penultimate pre-school year according to the sub-criteria
listed.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Náiscoil
Bhreandáin that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending the school.
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NETTLEFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
RADNOR STREET
BELFAST
BT6 8BG
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9045 8237
Fax No: 028 9073 8499
Principal: Mrs C Forth M.Ed.
Nettlefield Nursery Unit is situated in the area of East Belfast bounded by the Woodstock
Road, Cherryville Street and My Lady’s Road, although applications are welcomed from
children residing outside this immediate area. The Nursery operates two full-time sessions
from 8.55am to 1.30pm.
The Nursery Unit is housed in a modern building comprising two large, inter-connecting
playrooms and a shared indoor play area used for music, movement, physical play and large
construction equipment. We are particularly proud of our extensive, secure landscaped
outdoor facilities which include a grass and planting area, bike track, modern static climbing
equipment with full safety surfacing, a sand house, fantasy play house and a partially covered
area for physical play on wet days. We are also fortunate to have full use of the adjoining
primary school facilities.
The policy of the Nursery is to work in close partnership with parents and to provide a happy,
relaxed environment where children feel secure. The curriculum is carefully planned by an
experienced, enthusiastic and committed staff who gently support and extend the pupils
through progressive play and learning to ensure that they reach their full potential. The
Nursery complements the curriculum through organised trips and welcoming relevant visitors
and experts to the Unit.
Prospective parents are encouraged to contact the Nursery Unit for further information or
details of our Open Days.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Intake criteria for nursery children are determined by the Department of Education as set down
in (1-8) below:
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
If the admissions number is exceeded within any single criterion then the Governors
have determined that the following further criteria shall apply in the order stated:
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a
Pupils who will have a sibling enrolled in Nettlefield Primary School in the year of starting
nursery.
b
Pupils who have a sibling who earlier transferred to an off-site educational unit OR postprimary school from Nettlefield Primary School. (Indicate name and date of attendance)
c
Children who have a parent/guardian who attended Nettlefield Primary School. (Indicate
name and date of attendance)
d
Those applicants who have stated Nettlefield Nursery as their first preference.
e Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) homes are closest to Nettlefield Primary School as
measured by a straight line on the current Ordnance Survey Greater Belfast Street Map
(closest boundaries between respective properties).
In the event of vacancies remaining after the above criteria have been applied, the
following criteria will be applied to other applicants.
3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3 final selection will be based on eldest first.
For those children born on the same day, sub-criteria(a) to (e) will apply for final selection.
Notes:
a) A birth certificate or current valid passport is required to confirm date of birth.
b) The term sibling includes children residing at the same address and under the
guardianship of the same adult.
c) A childminder’s address will not be considered.
The above sub-criteria are subject to annual review by the Board of Governors.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Nettlefield Nursery Unit, that
were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June
2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s
name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that
all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application
form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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NEW LODGE NURSERY SCHOOL
DUNCAIRN PARADE
BELFAST
BT15 2EL
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No:52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9074 3073
Principal: Fionnuala O’Reilly B.A.(Hons), M.Sc., P.G.C.E.
Mission Statement
During the child’s journey in New Lodge Nursery School he/she will enjoy experiences and
develop relationships which will promote his/her social and educational development to the full
and foster in him/her positive attitudes to later life and learning.
Established in 1968, New Lodge Nursery School enjoys a lengthy tradition of educational
service in North Belfast.
The nursery is very well equipped with a newly acquired range of modern equipment and
resources facilitating a wide variety of learning experiences.
Sound home/school links and teaching methods in New Lodge Nursery School aim to promote
in the child both educational development and positive attitudes to learning. Curriculum, which
is aligned to CCEA pre-school educational guidance, is offered on a thematic basis. In addition
to frequent educational trips and visitors to the school a weekly lending library extends
literature to pupils’ homes. We offer a breakfast and an afterschools facility for working
parents.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
Should the school be over-subscribed in any of the criteria above the following sub-criteria will
be applied:
a The listing of New Lodge Nursery as a first preference choice for pre-school education.
b Children of a member of staff.
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c Children whose parent(s) residence is the shortest distance from the school, as
determined by measurement on Google Maps.
d Tradition of sibling attendance at the school. (Indicate name and dates of
attendance)
e Documented special circumstances/needs on the basis of consideration by the board of
evidence available from assessments by educational psychologists, designated medical
officers and other such assessment as is deemed appropriate.
3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 will be admitted according to the
following sub-criteria:
1 The listing of New Lodge Nursery as a first preference choice for pre-school education.
2 Age of the child with the oldest child considered first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to New Lodge
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may
determine to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect
information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the
withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the
applicant’s Application Form.
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OLDPARK NURSERY SCHOOL
SYLVAN STREET
BELFAST
BT14 6GN
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9074 5133
Principal: Mrs A P Reid B.Ed, M.Ed, PQH(NI)
School Location
Oldpark Nursery School was opened in 1974 as a two unit nursery to provide nursery
education for children in the surrounding area of North Belfast. It is situated at the end of a
cul-de-sac accessible from Rosapenna Street/Parade. It is an integral part of the community
with landscaped gardens and large outdoor play areas.
School Hours
The School day begins at 9.00am and ends at 1.30pm. Children are given a healthy snack
and hot school dinner during this time.
Extra Provision
Oldpark Nursery School now also has a Rise and Shine Breakfast Club which starts at 8.30am
(Monday – Friday) where the children enjoy a healthy breakfast and educational activities.
In the afternoon we have a Little Chicks After Schools Club which starts at 1.30pm and
finishes at 2.15pm (Monday – Friday). There is a small charge payable each day for each
club.
Curriculum
Our curriculum offers a wide variety of educational activities that embrace the holistic
development of all children. We aim to provide a safe, caring, affirming and stimulating
environment where each child is given the opportunity to develop to their full potential. We
have established close links with the local primary schools and the community. Throughout the
year we arrange Educational outings which consolidate the children’s learning and we have
regular programme of visitors eg Monkeynastix, Jump Jiggle & Jive, Jo Jingles and Mr
Hullabaloo. We encourage our children to wear full school uniform so that they become more
independent and develop a sense of belonging to Oldpark Nursery School.
Experienced School Staff
3 qualified teachers one of whom is also the teaching Principal
3 qualified nursery assistants
1 part-time nursery assistants
Caretaker, dining attendant and secretary
Parents
Oldpark Nursery School welcomes parents into the school and invites them to take an active
role in their child’s education. We encourage parents to attend our activities and accompany
us on various Educational outings. With the support of our parents we want to provide the
children with self-confidence, independence and life long social skills for their journey through
school.
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ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
If over-subscribed at 1-2 the following sub-criteria will apply:Sub-criteria
a Preference will be given to children who have had their penultimate year in Oldpark Nursery
School.
b
Priority may be given to children who have stated Oldpark Nursery School as their first preference.
c
Children who have had a brother/sister at the school. (Indicate name and date of attendance)
d
Children whose parents/guardians homes are closest to the nursery as measured by a straight line
measurement on the Ordnance Survey Greater Belfast Map from the front door of the child’s home
to the front door of the nursery school.
e
Children who have parents employed in the school.
In the event of vacancies remaining after the above criteria have been applied, the following criteria will be
applied to other applicants.
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) is/are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
4
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 3-4 final selection will be based on eldest first. Those children
born on the same day, sub-criterion d will apply for final selection.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Oldpark Nursery School, that
were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June
2015. The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s
name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure
that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the
application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters
attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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ORANGEFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
CAMERONIAN DRIVE
BELFAST
BT5 6DF
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9070 4822
Principal: Mr T E Long, BEd Adv Dip Ed
Orangefield Primary school has been providing nursery education since 1979. In May 2009 we relocated to superb, new buildings. The Nursery is regarded as an integral part of the main school which
provides an environment promoting intellectual, physical, social, emotional and aesthetic development.
In an attempt to achieve this, certain underlying principles are borne in mind, namely that:
1
Childhood is not merely a preparation for something yet to come, but is a state in its own right and a
stage to be enjoyed.
2
Children have individual differences and needs which must be recognised - a child is not wrong
because he is different.
3
There is a natural curiosity and sense of wonder and amazement in each child which deserves to be
fostered and accelerated.
4
Children need to be actively involved, as they learn more quickly from real tasks.
5
Young children need encouragement and help to learn how to learn.
6
Parental involvement is vital - the school should support and strengthen all that the child has learnt
from his primary educators - his parents.
The Nursery Unit will operate on a full-time basis, from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm.
The last Department of Education Inspection Report (November 2004) stated,
“The quality of the interaction between the staff and the children is excellent and promotes effectively the
children’s learning in all areas of the curriculum”.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has drawn up the nursery unit’s admission criteria and has delegated to the
principal its function and responsibilities in relation to the application of these criteria and the admissions
of pupils to the nursery.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Pre-school Year
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
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2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Penultimate Pre-school Year
The Board of Governors has decided in the event of there being more places available after the allocation to
children in their pre-school year the remaining will be allocated on the basis of age with priority being given to the
eldest. Parents should note that DE Circular 2010/14 paragraph 35 outlines that children admitted to school in
their penultimate pre-school year no longer have an automatic entitlement to a second year of pre-school
education.
Allocation of Places
Should the number of children who satisfy the requirement of any criterion exceed the number of places still
available, the following sub-criteria will be used. In this manner Governors will be able to distinguish between
children down to the last available place.
Sub-criteria
a
Preference will be given to applicants who have listed Orangefield as their first choice.
b
Children whose parents are employed in the school or Nursery Unit.
c
Children who have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister or other children living permanently at
the same address, currently attending Orangefield Primary School (P1-P7) or who will be enrolled
in the Primary School in September (of the same year).
d
Children who have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister or other children living permanently at
the same address who attended Orangefield Primary School (P7) but left in June 2014 to transfer
to post primary school.
e
Children who have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister or other children living permanently at
the same address who have attended Orangefield Primary School (P1-P7).
f
Priority will be given to those children living closest to the school. In applying this criterion, the
Governors will award places on the basis of distance from the front door of the child’s home to the
front door of the school.
Distance will be determined by a straight-line measurement using an Ordnance Survey map.
g
In the event of children living an equal distance from the school preference will be given according to
alphabetical order (as used in the telephone directory).
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Orangefield Nursery Unit, that
were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June
2015. The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s
name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that
all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application
form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify
information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within
the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any
school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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OUR LADY’S NURSERY SCHOOL
DEANBY GARDENS
BELFAST
BT14 6NN
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9035 1978
Principal: Mrs D M Walsh BEd DASE PQH
SCHOOL LOCATION
Our Lady’s Nursery School is a purpose built school, situated on the bottom right hand corner
of Deanby Gardens, which is a quiet cul-de-sac in a residential area of North Belfast. The
school has been an integral part of local community for over 30 years.
SCHOOL HOURS
Children attend Monday – Friday from 9.00 am – 1.30 pm (Full-Time). A morning snack and a
school meal are provided during this time.
CURRICULUM/PROVISION
By providing a bright, stimulating environment, which is conducive to learning, where the
children are happy, animated, busy and interested, we aim to develop the continual growth of
each child on all levels. The school has an extensive curriculum, which offers a wide range of
structured activities and events. The children’s experiences are enhanced by a substantial,
attractive soft play area, garden and sensory garden. During the school year there is a wide
and varied programme of school outings, which further support the curriculum and an after
schools club which runs once a week for alternate classes.
SCHOOL STAFF
2 qualified teachers one of whom is also the teaching/principal.
3 qualified nursery assistants.
1 family learning worker, caretaker and secretary.
Staff engage in professional development courses to further their expertise.
PARENTS
The school has a healthy tradition of involving parents in the education of their children.
Parents are welcome to participate when and where possible in all school activities and are
encouraged to participate in events, workshops and courses in our Parents’ Room.
Interested parents should contact the school between the hours of 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm
for further information.
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ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
If the school is over-subscribed at any of the stages 1 – 2 above, the Board of Governors has
determined that selection for the remaining places will be on the basis of the following subcriteria, applied in the order set down.
1. Children whose parent (s)/guardian (s) have listed Our Lady’s Nursery School as their first
preference.
2. Children who reside in Sacred Heart Parish and who in the opinion of the Board of
Governors have special circumstances (documentary evidence may be required)
considered in the order set down;
a) a child who is in the process of statutory assessment by the Education Authority
at the time of proposed admission;
b) Twins or other multiple births;
c) Any other circumstance which the Board of Governors deem to be ‘special’
providing independent documentary evidence.
3. Children who reside in Sacred Heart Parish and have/had a brother or sister attend Our
Lady’s Nursery School. (Indicate name and date of attendance)
4. Other children residing in Sacred Heart Parish.
5. Children who reside outside Sacred Heart Parish and have/had a brother or sister attend
Our Lady’s Nursery School. (Indicate name and date of attendance)
6. Other children who reside outside Sacred Heart Parish.
‘Residency’ refers to the child’s own home and evidence of this will be required.
In the event of oversubscription within any sub criteria final selection will be based on the
shortest walking distance from the nursery school to the child’s home as measured by Google
Maps.
3 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 will be considered on the basis of rank
order of age – oldest first.
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Parents are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that their application form is fully
completed with all relevant details (e.g. if they had a sibling attend the school) to enable the
above criteria to be applied. Where applications are made on the basis of Income Support/
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, the relevant section MUST be completed and stamped
by the Social Security Agency.
The Admissions Criteria will be applied buy a sub-committee of the Board of Governors.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Our Lady’s
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admission criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. For example,
whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any application form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicants
application form.
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RAVENSCROFT NURSERY SCHOOL
RAVENSCROFT AVENUE
BELFAST
BT5 5BA
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9047 1684
Principal: Mrs Sharon Stark B.Ed.
Website: www.ravenscroft.ik.org
Email: [email protected]
Ravenscroft Nursery School is situated adjacent to Bloomfield Avenue and the Holywood Arches
junction. It is easily accessible by all major routes in East Belfast.
A new, purpose built school was completed during the summer of 2009 to replace the previous,
outdated nursery school. The school is set in its own grounds, with an exciting, safe and stimulating
outdoor play area, which has been designed to the school’s own specifications. It includes a covered
play area and sand pit which can be used during inclement weather.
Indoors, there are two separate playrooms with an integral dividing wall that can be opened to allow
children access to both rooms. There is also a parents’ room that can be used during the settling in
period to provide reassurance, as well as being used throughout the year for parents’ information
sessions. A large and bright entrance hall is also used for a variety of purposes, including music and
movement, art activities and building.
The nursery is exceptionally well resourced with an extensive variety of new equipment and toys.
The new school has been designed to meet current disability access arrangements and has state of the
art security, to ensure that children in the school have maximum protection.
The staff of the school strive to create a warm and friendly approach where the children and parents
feel welcome and wanted. The overall aim of Ravenscroft is to foster a flexible learning environment in
which each child is given the opportunity to develop his/her full potential in every aspect of his/her
growth under the guidance and support of the adults in the school, and in a spirit of co-operation with
parents.
All children attend a full-day session from 9.00am – 1.30pm.
An open evening for prospective parents will be held on Thursday 5 December 2013 from 6.30 –
7.30pm.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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Sub-criteria
In the event of the school being over-subscribed within any of the above the following subcriteria will be applied:
a Children will be given priority when Ravenscroft Nursery is listed as the first preference.
b Children whose parent is a permanent member of staff.
c
Children whose parent is currently a member of the Board of Governors.
d Children whose permanent residence is the shortest distance from the front door of their
home to the front gate of the school. Places will be granted in order of priority determined
by the proximity of the permanent residence to the school. Distance will be determined
by a straight line measurement generated electronically using a computer programme
provided by Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.
In the event of two or more children’s permanent residence being measured equidistant for the
final place, preference will be given to the oldest child.
e Where there are two children competing for the final place and meeting the other criteria,
then the elder child will qualify for the place.
In the event of vacancies remaining after the above criteria have been applied, the following
criterion will be applied to other applicants.
3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 20112, on the basis of age ie eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Ravenscroft
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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ROSETTA PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
21- 23 KNOCKBREDA ROAD
BELFAST
BT6 0JA
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9049 1650
Principal: Mr R Irvine
Nursery Teacher: Mrs S Hudson
Rosetta Nursery is an integral part of the primary school. It operates a full day system between the
hours of 9.00 am and 1.30 pm. The spacious, bright room offers a wide variety of play activities; and
also leads to a private multi-surfaced outdoor area.
We are delighted to have children from many religions, nationalities and traditions learning together in a
healthy multi-cultural environment.
In the nursery we aim to provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment for children to reach their
full potential, in an atmosphere that is supportive, warm, happy and friendly. Through the carefully
planned activities, each child is challenged and can progress at his or her own rate physically,
emotionally, socially and intellectually. The children are able to make their own discoveries, grow in
self-confidence and become more independent. Experienced and qualified staff closely monitor
children’s progress with a continual cycle of planning, observation, recording and assessment.
While the nursery is self-contained with its own entrance and outdoor play area there is a connecting
door to the school. The children visit the school, use the educational facilities and join in suitable events
through the year ensuring they are both fully integrated into and well prepared for the transition to
Rosetta primary school.
Parents are invited to play a part in their child’s education. Several formal and informal parent/teacher
meetings are arranged throughout the year informing parents of their child’s progress, while booklets,
newsletters and notice boards provide information about nursery life and monthly curriculum details.
Nursery parents are also invited to become involved in whole school social events and the
Parent/Teacher Association.
Prospective parents are invited to attend an Open Afternoon which will be held on Monday 16
December 2013, 2.30 – 4.00pm.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
Children who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission will not be
considered for places until all children who reside in Northern Ireland have been considered.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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In the event of over-subscription, within any of the above criteria, the following sub-criteria will
be applied:
(a)
Children who have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister or close relative currently
enrolled as a pupil to Rosetta Primary School.
(b)
Children who have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister formally enrolled as a pupil in
Rosetta Primary School and who transferred from Rosetta to post-primary education, in
the last school year (2013).
(c)
Children who have a parent, guardian or family member who is a current employee of the
school.
(d)
Children whose parents have nominated Rosetta as their first choice.
(e)
In the event of there being more applicants than places then selection will be on the basis
of rank order of age, oldest first.
NOTE: Close relative is Aunt, Uncle or first Cousin. Please ensure all relevant information is
included on or attached to the application form ie Name, Year Group and Date of Attendance
for sub-criteria a-c. *Birth Certificate should be attached to application. All applications
must be accompanied by proof of residence (eg utility bill).
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Rosetta
Nursery School Unit that were initially refused, and applications where new information has
been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be
in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Please contact the school if you which for your child’s name to be included in the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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SANDBROOK NURSERY SCHOOL
WELLWOOD AVENUE
SYDENHAM
BELFAST
BT4 1NG
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9067 1115
www.sandbrooknursery.co.uk
Principal: Mrs J D Hamilton BA(Hons) PGCE PQSH (NI)
Sandbrook Nursery School is situated in the Sydenham area of East Belfast. The building is a modern,
purpose built nursery school set in quite extensive grounds comprising a covered play area and
generous grass area bounded by trees and shrubs. The building is well maintained and well resourced
enabling the qualified and experienced staff to deliver a suitably balanced curriculum for pre-school
children.
It is the aim of the school to share with the parents in the all round growth and development of their
children through the provision of a suitable environment for learning through play.
Parents are encouraged to keep in close contact with the school and staff through parents’ meetings,
consultations, news-sheets and through special events like the Christmas and Summer concerts, many
are also involved as parent volunteers. Parents and children are invited to visit the school to view the
play facilities and meet the staff during the summer term prior to starting nursery school in
September/October. The staff may make home visits to offer advice and support for the settling in
process.
Throughout the year the staff organise a variety of school trips both local and further afield, and also
encourage visits to the school from the local librarian, the dental hygienist, community police and local
clergymen amongst others.
The school has close links with local primary schools and support is given to parents and children for
the transition from Nursery School to Primary School.
The school staff consists of the Principal, Assistant Teacher, two Nursery Assistants, a part-time
Secretary and a Caretaker.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Department of Education for Northern Ireland has advised on the drawing up of the following
criteria for nursery schools.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Priority will be given in the following order to:
1. Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2. Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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At the time of their proposed admission these children must not have a pre-school education place
whether full time or part time at another school or any other premises.
Sub- Criteria
The Board of Governors of the school has drawn up sub- criteria to be followed in the event of
over- subscription within any of the above criteria.
i
Children for whom Sandbrook Nursery School has been listed on the application form as first
preference.
ii Preference will be given to children who are siblings or half siblings of pupils and/or former pupils and
other children living permanently at the same address. (Indicate name, year group and date of
attendance)
iii Children whose parents are permanent employees of the school. This excludes School Meals
Kitchen staff.
iv Preference will be given to children whose permanent residence is the closest to the nursery.
Distance will be determined by a straight line measurement generated electronically using a
computer program provided by the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.
1.
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over subscription within the above sub criteria, final selection will be on the basis of
initial letter of surname (as entered on the birth certificate) in the order set out below:
Z R V M S W Y Q L Mc T D C O N B P H Mac K U A J X I G F E
This order was determined by a randomised selection of the letters of the alphabet.
In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the surname
will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames, the alphabetical order of the
initials of the forenames will be used.
These admission arrangements will apply for the 2014/ 2015 school year.
Sandbrook Nursery School Admissions Waiting list Policy
Sandbrook Nursery will operate a waiting list for all children that applied through the Board Application Procedure
(ie on an official application form) by the official closing date. This will be from Friday 30 May 2014 of the
allocation of places until 31 of August 2014. In the event a place arises within this time frame, it will be allocated
according to the school admissions criteria.
From 1 September, the waiting list will be extended to include all other children whose parents have notified the
Nursery in writing. Original applicants need to contact the Nursery again at this point to inform the Principal that
they wish their child’s name to be included on this waiting list which will operate from 1 September 2014 until 30
June 2015.
Board of Governors Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre- schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account information which is detailed on the form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining
to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
Examples of such information includes Social Security stamp, 2 documents as proof of permanent address,
names and dates of siblings/ half siblings attending the Nursery and any other information that is deemed relevant
under the schools admissions criteria.
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SCOIL AN DROICHID NURSERY UNIT
4 COOKE STREET
BELFAST
BT7 2EP
Grant Maintained Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9031 3283
Principal: Fionnghuala McCotter
At Naíscoil and Droichid children of all denominations and cultural backgrounds can access
the nursery curriculum and will have the opportunity to learn in a safe, comfortable, attractive
and modern environment and develop their personal, emotional, social, physical and
intellectual skills through the medium of Irish. Our aim is to meet the needs of each individual
child and to encourage their development at a pace that suits them.
An induction, or setting in period, is an important part of the entry process. During this time, a
parent or mature relative will remain with the child for part of this time, but begin to leave for
increasingly extended periods of time. It is important that parents co-operate with the teacher
in this process. In the Naíscoil your child will learn through playing within a carefully
constructed programme suitable for his/her age and needs. Most of the activities listed below
will be available daily for the children:
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Imaginative play: house corner, dressing up clothes etc.
Natural material: water, sand, dough etc.
Creative material: paint, chalk, crayons etc.
Songs and rhythms.
Construction play: stickle bricks, lego, Interlocking bricks etc.
Pre-writing material.
Table top toys: jigsaws, games etc.
The curriculum will also include visits to the park, farm etc. Each week the children will bring
home a folder of work completed throughout the week. Handbooks will be provided at the
beginning of each theme, outlining the main language targets and key phrases linked to that
theme.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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Sub-criteria
In the event of over subscription within any of the above criteria, the following sub-criteria will
be applied.
Priority will be given to those children whose parents choose Naíscoil an Droichid as their first
preference.
a
Children whom the Board of Governors deem to have completed satisfactory
attendance in the Irish Medium play group at An Droichead and who have or have had
a brother or sister, or half brother or sister from within the same household attending
Scoil an Droichid. (Indicate name, year group and date of attendance)
b
Children who have a parent employed in the school and whom the Board of Governors
deem to have completed satisfactory attendance in an Irish Medium preschool play
group.
c
Children from an Irish language background.
d
A demonstrable commitment from parents to the promotion of the Irish language and
culture eg possibly shown through attendance at evening classes or support for events
initiated by the naíonra.
e
Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age - Eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Scoil an
Droichid Nursery School Unit that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and
applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the
published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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SEAVIEW PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
SEAVIEW DRIVE
BELFAST
BT15 3NB
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9037 0114
Fax No: 028 9037 0970
Website: www.seaviewps.org.uk
E-mail: [email protected]
Principal: Miss M Bell MEd BEd DASE PQHNI
Seaview Nursery Unit is a well-established and important part of the community which has
very recently been refurbished to accommodate two classes and boasts a fresh and exciting
new environment where we seek to provide a happy, meaningful start to formal education for
all children. It aims to create a rich environment which stimulates the children’s interests and
natural curiosity whilst freedom of choice allows them to experiment and play in their own
unique way.
The double nursery unit now consists of two large, bright playrooms which are well resourced
to cater for the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of the children. There
are adjoining carpeted quiet rooms which are used for stories, songs and rhymes. A large play
corridor is used for physical play along with two outdoor play areas. One of these areas
consists of a garden border and a colourful, attractive safety surface with a new covered
central area for play on wet days as well as dry. The other outdoor area has been newly
constructed and also includes an attractive safety surface and is safely fenced to provide yet
more space for our young learners.
The nursery is an integral part of the Primary School and makes use of its various facilities
thus ensuring a smooth transition into Primary One.
Parents of children due to be enrolled in the nursery in September will be invited in May/June
to meet the nursery staff and to discuss the various routines which exist in the nursery. Many
other formal and informal opportunities are provided throughout the year for parents to visit the
nursery.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
In order to select children in the event of the number of applications being greater than the
number of places available, the following criteria, of which numbers 1-3 are imposed by DENI,
will be applied successively and in the order stated until the admission number has been
reached.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011; and who do not satisfy criterion 1.
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3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012; and who at the time of their proposed
admission will not have a pre-school education place, whether full-time or part-time, at another
nursery or any other premises.
Sub-criteria
In the event of there being more applicants than places available after the application of any of criteria
1 - 2, the Board of Governors has determined that priority will be assigned in the following order:
a
b
c
d
Children whose parent/guardian are employees in the school or school kitchen.
Children who have brothers/sisters, half-brothers/half-sisters, step-brothers/step-sisters, foster
brother and/or foster sisters:
(i) enrolled in the school in the school year 2014/2015. (Indicate name and year group)
(ii) currently enrolled in the school. (Indicate name and year group)
Children who have listed Seaview as their first preference.
Children who live closest to the school.
In applying the criterion of distance to school, preference will be given to children whose permanent
residence is closest to the school, as measured by a straight line on the Ordnance Survey Map, from
the front door of the child’s home to the nursery gate of the school. (If there are equal measurements,
children will be chosen on the oldest first)
In the event of there being more applicants than places available after the application of criterion 2, the
Board of Governors has determined that places will be allocated on the basis of age with priority being
given to the eldest.
Parents are advised that it is their responsibility to include in their application form any information
required by the school to apply the above criteria.
The Governors have resolved to delegate to the Principal its function and responsibilities in relation to
the application of the above criteria and the admission of pupils to the nursery.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Seaview Nursery
School Unit, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list
will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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SHAFTESBURY NURSERY SCHOOL
23/25 PERCY STREET
BELFAST
BT13 2HS
Telephone No: 028 9032 1903
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Fax No: 028 9032 1903
E-mail: [email protected]
Principal: Mrs Emma Corry BA ED HONS NPQH
Shaftesbury Nursery is a purpose built school in the Greater Shankill area. It was built in 1968
and welcomes children from around the immediate community and beyond. We have two
large well equipped classrooms which lead directly onto the garden area. There is also a room
for parents to use informally as well as staff, for training and meetings. Parents play a key role
in our school community and are very welcome.
We provide a rich, stimulating and challenging curriculum for our children. Within a bright and
exciting learning environment, children are encouraged to be confident, secure and
independent learners so that they have the best possible start in their journey of education.
Our school motto is “Little feet taking giant steps”. Our friendly staff hold a variety of
professional early years qualifications and are committed to ensuring that all of our children
learn and develop to the best of their ability.
In order to enhance the children’s learning experiences we organise a number of educational
visits and have many visitors working within the nursery. Parents are invited to join us for
many of these activities and they are always enjoyed by everyone.
We work closely with members of our local community and many of our events are held in our
local community centre next door to the school. We enjoy a close partnership with our cross
community school St Peter’s Nursery. We organise many joint events for the children, parents
and staff so that friendships can be forged across both communities.
The opening hours of this school are 9.00 am to 1.30 pm. We also offer a breakfast club that
runs every day from 8.30 am.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
Priority must be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed
admission.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Priority will be given in the following order:
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
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2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
In the event of applications exceeding vacant places in any of the categories 1 to 2 the
following sub criterion will apply;1 List Shaftesbury Nursery School as their first preference on their application.
2 Are siblings of any child who is attending/has attended Shaftesbury Nursery School.
(Indicate name and date of attendance)
3 Who live closest to the school. Distance will be determined by the proximity of the
child’s home to Shaftesbury Nursery School. Measurements will be generated as the
crow flies electronically using the Ordnance Survey website.
In the event of two or more children living equi-distant from the school places will be allocated
in alphabetical order of name (surname first) as the name appears on the birth certificate.
3 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
Within criterion 3, priority will be given to the children of staff and then the oldest children in
this category. In the event of two or more children having the same date of birth, priority will
be given to those children who live closest to the school as measured along the footpath from
the school front door to the child’s front door.
In the event of two or more children having the same date of birth and living equi-distant from
the school, places will be allocated in alphabetical order of name (surname first) as the name
appears on the birth certificate.
The Board of Governors has delegated to the Principal the application of the above criteria.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Shaftesbury
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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ST ANNE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
50 KINGSWAY, FINAGHY
BELFAST
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time places
BT10 0NE
Telephone No: 028 9061 5414
Website: www.saintannesprimary.org/site
Principal: M Keenan B.Ed., DASE, M.Ed., PQH (NI)
Teacher in charge: Mrs M Murphy B.Ed.
Assistant teacher: Mrs A McLaughlin B.Ed.
St Anne’s Nursery is located in a modern, purpose-built unit, set in the pleasant and wooded
grounds of St Anne’s School and church, between Finaghy and Dunmurry. It is an integral
part of St Anne’s School.
St. Anne’s Nursery is a caring and stimulating environment, designed to promote the holistic
development of each child. The individual needs and abilities of the children are recognised
and catered for. The attainment of excellence is pursued in an atmosphere that is warm,
happy and friendly and is characterised by the daily living out of our catholic faith. ‘The staff
are caring and supportive of the children’s needs and they use appropriate strategies to
develop their confidence and self-esteem.’ DENI Inspection Report, April 2013.
The carefully planned activities include imaginative, social, creative, manipulative and
investigative play, listening to stories, working on computers and outdoor play. The children
develop their language skills and their early mathematical and scientific knowledge and skills.
‘The development of the children’s early mathematical concepts and language, and their
knowledge and understanding of the World Around Us are particular strengths of the
programme.’ DENI Inspection Report, April 2013.
There is a full programme of enrichment including visits from Streamvale Farm, Exploris, the
Fire Service, Belfast Zoo and Road Safety. In addition, there are ongoing programmes with
‘Fitness Freddy’ and ‘Music and Movement’.
The Unit comprises two large, bright, stimulating rooms, fully resourced for pre-school
education. There are two “quiet rooms” for story-time, discussions and quiet activities. We
have a large, secure, enclosed outdoor play area with toys, games and equipment to develop
the children’s physical, co-ordination, manipulative and social skills.
The Nursery is open from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm. A cooked lunch is served each day and we
have a policy of Healthy Eating. The children wear a comfortable uniform.
The Nursery is staffed by two fully-qualified teachers, with considerable pre-school
experience, and two fully-qualified Nursery Assistants.
We have a very strong relationship with our parents. We value their contribution and involve
them actively in their child’s pre-school education. We keep our parents fully informed,
through monthly newsletters and three-times-per-year parent/teacher meetings. We have two
days in June of each year when we meet our new intake for September – providing
information for parents and familiarising the children with the Nursery.
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Parental questionnaires from the recent DENI inspection indicated ‘a very high level of
satisfaction with the educational and pastoral provision being provided within the school and
the nursery unit.’
We are closely involved with our Primary School, making use of its facilities and attending
some of its events, for example, concerts and music mornings. We liaise closely with the
Primary 1 teachers, to ensure a smooth transition to Primary education.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
Children who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission
will not be considered for places until all children who reside in Northern Ireland have been
considered.
The Board of Governors have resolved to delegate to the Principal and Vice-Principal its
function and responsibilities in relation to the application of the criteria and the admission of
pupils to the nursery. All references below to the ‘Board of Governors’ refer to the Principal
and Vice-Principal.
The Board of Governors has determined that, in the event of more applicants than the places
available, the following admissions criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select
children for the available places. (Some of the criteria are determined by the Department of
Education.)
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’. When parents apply for places for their child on this basis they
should have their application forms stamped by the Social Security Agency.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 who are from socially disadvantaged
circumstances* and who reside in the Parish of St Anne’s.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 who are from socially disadvantaged
circumstances*.
3 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 who reside in the Parish of St Anne’s.
4 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
5 Children born on or after 2 July 2011 - places will be allocated on the basis of age with
priority given to the oldest.
Sub-criteria
In the event of over-subscription in any of the above criteria, selection will be applied in the
order set down below. A place will be offered to:
a) Children whose brothers/half brothers, sisters/half sisters are currently enrolled in St
Anne’s Primary School or Nursery Unit.
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b) Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) is/are currently a permanent employee or a member
of the Board of Governors in St Anne’s Primary School and Nursery Unit.
c) On the basis of initial letter of surname (as entered on the birth certificate) in the order set
out below:
N I W U O K M J E R H F G Z S Y Mc P V T A D C Mac L X B Q
This order was determined by a randomised selection of letters of the alphabet.
In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter, the subsequent letters of the
surname will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames the
alphabetical order of the initials of the forename (as entered on the birth certificate) will be
used.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St Anne’s
Nursery School Unit, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and
applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the
published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 September 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may
determine to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect
information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the
withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the
applicant’s Application Form.
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ST BERNADETTE’S NURSERY SCHOOL
GLENALINA ROAD
BELFAST
BT12 7JG
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9032 8601
Principal: Mrs Róisín Cassidy BEd DASE (Primary Educ) DASE (Nursery Educ)
St Bernadette’s Nursery School is a purpose built maintained nursery school situated in
Ballymurphy, West Belfast. The school opened in 1977 to cater mainly for the educational
needs of the children from the Ballymurphy Estate (Corpus Christi Parish). The school offers
52 full-time places.
As a Catholic School our aim is to provide a welcoming and caring environment in which the
needs of the whole child are met. We recognise the uniqueness of each child and aim to
ensure that the curriculum we offer is appropriate and challenging. We see our school as part
of a caring community - Board of Governors, Clergy, Staff, pupils and parents sharing a
common vision of Catholic Education.
We greatly value the role of parents in the Nursery School. Parents are always welcome in
our school. Regular parent meetings are held to inform parents of their child’s progress.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
Children who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of the proposed
admission will not be considered for places until all children who reside in Northern Ireland
have been considered.
The Board of Governors have determined that, in the event of more applicants than the places
available the following criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select children for the
available places.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances* who reside in the Parish of Corpus Christi.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
3 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in
the Parish of Corpus Christi.
4 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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5 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in
the Parish of Corpus Christi.
6 Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
Sub-criteria
In the event of more pupils satisfying the last criterion which can be applied in the order of priority set
down above, then selection for the remaining places will be on the basis of the following sub-criteria.
1
Children who have had their penultimate year in this school.
2
Children who have listed this nursery as their first preference.
3
Children who in the opinion of the Board of Governors have special home circumstances which
merit special consideration, for example, a child whose parent has a serious long-term illness
(medical evidence required) or a child from a family of three or more pre-school age children.
4
Children with brother(s)/sister(s)/half brother(s)/half sister(s) presently enrolled in John Paul II
Primary School. (Indicate name and year group)
5
Children with brother(s)/sister(s)/half brother(s)/half sister(s) who are past pupils of St Bernadette’s
or St Aidan’s C.B.P.S. (Indicate name and dates of attendance)
6
Only child or eldest child.
7
Children of current permanent staff or Governors of St Bernadette’s Nursery School.
In the event of there being more applicants than places remaining for the last sub-criteria
which can be applied then selection will be on the basis of chronological order of age, oldest first.
The Admissions Criteria will be applied by a Nursery Admissions Sub-Committee consisting of the
Principal and three Governors subject to the final approval of the Board of Governors.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St Bernadette’s
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where
new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This
waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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ST BRIDE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
DERRYVOLGIE AVENUE
BELFAST
BT9 6FP
Telephone No:
Primary School: 028 9038 1700
Nursery Unit: 028 9038 1020
E-Mail: [email protected]
Maintained Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Fax No: 028 9068 3440
Principal: Mr P Carswell
Assistant Teachers: Ms Catherine Ward
Mrs Julia McCandless
St Bride’s Nursery Unit is an integral part of St Bride’s Primary School which is situated
between the Malone and Lisburn Roads. The Unit comprises two classrooms and an outdoor
play area.
Our aim is to create an environment in which the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and
spiritual needs of the children are developed. As a Catholic Nursery school we are committed
to the aims of Catholic education, its values and attitudes. We endeavor to build on the
foundations laid at home and take account of the child’s previous experience to promote
growth in each developmental area. Each child is catered for according to his/her individual
needs and is guided in a programme which will enable him/her to integrate smoothly into the
primary sector with which close links are maintained.
Parents of nursery children are invited to participate actively in the life of the school through
parent/teacher meetings, interviews, social events and through membership of the Parent
Teacher Association.
The unit is open from 9.00 am - 2.00 pm and is staffed by 2 teachers and 2 nursery assistants.
A Nursery uniform is worn.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has established the school’s admission criteria and has delegated to
the Principal its function and responsibility in relation to their application.
Enrolment number: 52
The following criteria will be used to allocate places in the Nursery Unit in the order listed
below. Priority will be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed
admission.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1.
children whose parents are from socially disadvantaged circumstances* in their final
pre-school year i.e. born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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2.
children not falling within sub-paragraph 1 and in their final pre-school year i.e. born
between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 and who at the time of the proposed admission
will not have a pre-school education place whether full time or part time at another
school or any other placement.
Sub-criteria to be applied, in the order listed below, in the event of being
oversubscribed in any of the above criteria.
a.
Children who have one or both parents deceased and who are resident within the
geographical boundaries St Brigid’s Parish. (parent’s/guardian’s address, not address of
childminder)
b
Children whose parents are members of the permanent teaching, auxiliary or ancillary
staff of St Bride’s Primary School. (or who has been appointed to take up imminent
employment)
c.
Children whose place of residence is within the geographical boundaries of St Brigid’s
Parish ((parent’s/guardian’s address, not address of childminder) and for whom St.
Bride’s Nursery is first preference.
d
other applicants.
In the event of being oversubscribed in any of the above sub criteria, children will be
selected on the basis of the initial letter of the surname (in the order listed on the birth
certificate) in the order set down below:
TFSAXBYCILVQHOKPMEWZGDRJNU
(This order was determine by a randomised section of the letters of the alphabet. This will be
randomised annually. Mc and Mac come under “M”)
In the event of surnames beginning with the same letter the subsequent letters of the surname
will be used in alphabetical order and if identical surnames the alphabetical order of the initials
of the forenames will be used, as listed on the birth certificate.
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NB
Proof of residence will be required. Residence is at time of the application. Any
subsequent change of address should be notified as soon as possible along with
verifying documents.
Brothers or sisters include half/step-brother and /half /step-sister.
The admissions criteria will be administered by the Principal.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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“Applicants should note that where an address contained within an application qualifies it for
admission, then that address will be verified. To enable the Board of Governors to verify
addresses, all applicants should provide any two of the following four documents:
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a bank or building society statement which shows the address at which the child is
resident;
a utility bill (for instance electricity, gas, Television Licence, telephone) which shows the
address at which the child is resident;
a letter awarding Child Benefit to the child or another letter relating to this benefit;
the child’s Medical Card.
This is in addition to the standard requirement to provide a Birth Certificate in order to verify
the age of the child.
Original documents are required and not facsimiles or photocopies and should be presented in
person. Applicants seeking alternative verifying arrangements should contact those preschools listed on their application form that require verifying documents to agree alternative
verification arrangements.
The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide verifying documents
according to the required deadline may result in either the withdrawal of a place or the inability
of a pre-school to offer a place.
Should a vacancy arise after the initial issue of letters of offer, all applications for admission to
Nursery that were initially refused, new applications, late application and applications where
new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied.
This waiting list will be in place until 31 December 2014.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list. After 31 December 2014, parents would
need to contact the school to continue to have the name remain on the waiting list.
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ST CLARE’S NURSERY UNIT
288 CUPAR STREET
BELFAST
BT13 2LJ
Maintained Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9032 6010
Principal: Mrs Colette White
Teacher in Charge of Nursery Unit: Mrs E Jackson BEd
The St Clare’s Nursery Unit is a two unit facility with spacious surrounds offering 52 full-time
places. All children attend a full day session - Nursery hours 9.00am - 1.30pm. It is ‘Catholic
Maintained’ and is situated in the Clonard area of Belfast. Its purpose is to serve the needs of
pre-school children from St Paul’s Parish. There are four full-time qualified members of staff,
two teachers and two classroom assistants.
The primary aim of St Clare’s Nursery Unit is to help lead each of our children into a closer
relationship with God and to foster Catholic values and attitudes.
We believe that each child is special and our curriculum seeks to promote the holistic
development of each pupil.
We work in close partnership with parents and the local community in providing a stimulating,
happy, caring and safe environment where pupils are given the opportunity to grow
emotionally, spiritually, morally, physically and intellectually.
Our aim is to ensure that all children progress at their own rate. They have opportunities
through play to develop values, positive attitudes, skills and concepts and to acquire
knowledge and understanding. The children must feel totally secure before any learning can
take place.
St Clare’s recognise the importance of parents and teachers working in partnership. Parents
are valued in the Nursery and are encouraged to take part in school trips, classroom based
activities and Parenting Programmes. Other courses and topics of interest are offered to
ensure that the Nursery experience is an enjoyable and productive one. We welcome visitors
from the local community and have established close links with the local primary schools.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has established the nursery unit’s admissions criteria and has
delegated to the Principal its function and responsibilities in relation to their application.
The Board of Governors have determined that, in the event of more applicants than the places
available the following criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select children for the
available places.
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*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances* and who reside in the parish of St Paul’s.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
3 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parents/guardians reside in the
parish of St Paul’s.
4 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
If the school is oversubscribed at any of the stages 1-4 above, the following sub-criteria will be
applied:
1 Any child returning for a second year in St. Clare’s Nursery.
2 Child of a member of Staff.
3 Children whose brothers/sisters, half-brothers/half-sisters, foster brothers/sisters are
presently enrolled in St Clare’s Primary/Nursery, or have applied for enrolment to Primary 1
in St Clare’s Primary. (Indicate name and year group)
4 Children whose brothers/sisters, half-brothers/half-sisters, foster brothers/sisters have
previously attended the nursery school. (Indicate name and years of attendance)
5 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011, from the parish of St Paul’s, who are
considered by an Education and Library Board as having significant special educational
needs, which indicate that the child would benefit from nursery education. Documentary
evidence must be submitted to the Board of Governors.
6 Children who in the opinion of the Board of Governors have special home circumstances
considered in the following order:
a a child who has one or both parents deceased;
b a child whose parent has a serious long term illness (medical evidence required);
c children who are twins (or other multiple births);
7 Children whose first preference choice is St Clare’s Nursery.
Residency refers to the child’s home and not that of a relative or a childminder.
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In the event of oversubscription in any of the above sub-criteria selection will be given on the
basis of initial letter of Surname (as listed on the child’s birth certificate.
D S C V Mac I A N B M Z E G Y Q W L J Mc H T U P F R O K X
(This order was determined by a randomized selection of letters of the alphabet)
5
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 5, final selection will be based on eldest first.
Those children born on the same day, final selection will be made on the basis of alphabetical
order, first by surname and then by Christian/Forename as listed on the child’s birth certificate.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St Clare’s
Nursery School Unit that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and
applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the
published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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ST MALACHY’S NURSERY UNIT
ELIZA STREET
BELFAST
BT7 2AT
Maintained Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time places
Telephone No: 028 9023 5968
Principal: Mr B White, BEd MA
The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admission criteria and has delegated to a
sub-committee its functions and responsibilities in relation to the application of these criteria
and the admission of pupils to the school.
St Malachy’s Primary School is a Catholic Maintained Co-Educational School. The nursery unit
attached to the school opened in 1995.
St Malachy’s is a modern nursery school, which consists of two bright classrooms including
play area and a spacious well equipped outdoor play area.
The Curriculum is broad and balanced and is carefully planned using a wealth of educational
resources. We aim for each child to meet their full potential in a happy, secure, safe and
stimulating environment through fostering their spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and
physical development. Each child will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities:
imaginative play, sand and water play, construction etc as well as language skills, storytelling,
working the computers and development of early mathematical and scientific concepts. The
curriculum also includes a variety of school outings and visitors to the school. During a recent
general inspection the nursery unit was highlighted as being one of the strengths of the school.
Our staff are well qualified and experienced to guide, support, encourage and stimulate your
child.
Over the years we have developed close links with our parents, who are encouraged to
become involved in curricular and extra-curricular activities throughout the school year.
Any parent wishing to apply for a place in St Malachy’s are very welcome to visit the nursery.
Please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances* who reside in St Malachy’s Parish, Belfast.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
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3 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in
St Malachy’s Parish.
4
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 from St Malachy’s Parish, Belfast who
are considered by an Education and Library Board as having significant special needs
which indicate that the child would benefit from nursery education. (Documentary
evidence must be submitted to the Board of Governors).
5
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
6
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in
the St Malachy’s Parish, Belfast.
7
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
Sub-criteria
In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria (1-7), the following Sub-criteria
will be applied.
a Children who have St Malachy’s Nursery Unit as their first preference.
b Children who are already in their penultimate year at St Malachy’s Nursery Unit.
c
Children whose parent/guardian, brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister are current pupils of
St Malachy’s Primary School/Unit. (Indicate name and dates of attendance)
d Children whose parent/guardian, brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister are past pupils of St
Malachy’s Primary School/Unit. (Indicate name and dates of attendance)
e Children whose parent/guardian will be permanent members of staff in the school year
2014/2015.
f
If over-subscribed in any of the above sub-criteria taken in order, final selection will be on
the basis of the initial letter of the surname in the order set down below. The surname
used will be as registered on the birth certificate or as subsequently legally changed and
documented.
M J P R I Mac O’ L K D S V E H G Z X A F B Q O Y U N C T W Mc
The order was determined by a randomized selection of the letters of the alphabet.
In the event of two surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the
surname will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames the
alphabetical order of the initials of the forenames will be used.
g Children who have special circumstances eg. medical, educational, social, etc., supported
by evidence from parents and/or statutory agencies.
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h Children who are in the process of a statutory assessment at the time of proposed
admission.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St Malachy’s
Nursery Unit that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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ST MARIA GORETTI NURSERY SCHOOL
WHITEROCK GARDENS
BELFAST
BT12 7PS
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time places
Telephone No: 028 9023 4882
Principal: Mrs Mary Murray M.Ed, B.Ed (Hons), PQHNI
St. Maria Goretti Nursery School was built to serve the needs of St John's Parish and has a
close relationship with the Parish and its Primary School, St. Kevin’s.
All children at our nursery enjoy a happy and secure environment where they have access to a
wide range of learning experiences through a varied curriculum, thus enhancing their selfesteem and confidence and laying the foundations for lifelong learning.
We believe in establishing a close partnership with parents who are encouraged to take an
active role in supporting their children's learning by participating in the life of the nursery. This
includes accompanying us on Educational Visits, borrowing our teaching packs to enhance
home learning and attending the various workshops that are planned throughout the year. We
meet regularly with parents to discuss children's well-being and we have procedures in place
to support children with special needs. Outdoor play activities are a strong feature of our
curriculum as we promote a healthy lifestyle in all aspects of the nursery.
St Maria Goretti Nursery School achieves consistently good outcomes for its pupils. Our staff
are a highly qualified and dedicated team and includes two full-time teachers, two full-time
nursery assistants and two part-time nursery assistants who always strive to provide excellent
educational experiences for all our children.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The following criteria will be applied in the order set down for the admission of children to St
Maria Goretti Nursery School in the school year 2014-2015. The admissions criteria shall be
applied by a Selection Committee consisting of the Principal and three Governors, subject to
the final approval of the Board of Governors. Priority will be given to children resident in
Northern Ireland at the time of the proposed admission. Admissions numbers are 52 full-time
places.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances* who reside in the Parish of St John the Evangelist.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
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3 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in
the Parish of St John the Evangelist.
4 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
The Board of Governors has drawn up the sub-criteria to be used should the number of children who
satisfy the requirement of any criterion exceed the number of places still available within the school’s
admission number. These criteria will be applied successively and in the order set down, to the group
of children who satisfied the criterion which caused the number of places available to be exceeded,
until all of the places have been allocated.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Children who have listed the school as their first preference.
Children whose parent/guardian is currently a permanent employee in the school or a member
of the Board of Governors.
Children whose siblings have previously attended the school. (Indicate name and date of
attendance)
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011, who are considered by the Education and
Library Board as having significant special needs which indicate that the child would benefit
from Nursery Education. Documentary evidence must be attached to pre-school application
form.
Children with special home circumstances:
a.
other child/parent with a serious long-term illness – medical evidence required
b.
a child who has one or both parents deceased
c.
children who are twins (or other multiple birth)
Children in their penultimate pre-school year that is children born between 2 July 2011 and 1
July 2012 on the basis of chronological age-eldest first.
In the event of there being more applicants than places remaining, after the above criteria have all
been applied, then selection will be on the basis of this randomized order of the letters of the alphabet.
(Surname first, followed by Christian/forename as shown on the Birth certificate.)
K C X Y U H I N B Z J R D G Q F M V L W A T S Mac P O Mc E
In the event of two or more children having the same surname and Christian/forename a ‘random
selection tie-breaker’ will be applied.
Waiting List
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St. Maria Goretti
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where
new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This
waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015. The school will contact you if your child gains a place in
the school by this method. Please contact the school if you wish your child’s name to be removed from
the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the Application Form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the Application Form or attached to it.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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ST MARTIN’S NURSERY SCHOOL
Monagh Link
BELFAST
BT11 8EJ
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9062 2235
Fax No: 028 9062 2235
Principal: Mrs A Kearney B.Ed D.A.S.E.
St Martin’s Nursery School is a modern two unit Catholic Maintained School in the west of the
city on the Black Mountain, serving the Turf Lodge estate and the Holy Trinity Parish although
we welcome applications from elsewhere. It has extensive grounds to facilitate learning in the
outdoor classroom and facilities include a Parents’ Room, a Parent Facilitator and extended
school activities. The school has won various awards including Best Kept School, Brighter
Belfast Environmental award and the coveted Eco Flag. The school is strongly committed to
including special needs children and particularly A.S.D children. The school is also strongly
committed to the Catholic ethos, which we all share and we have forged strong links with the
wider parish community. St Martin’s is a place where everyone is valued for his/her
uniqueness and we aim to be an extension of the warm loving home environments from which
our children come. Our school motto is “Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting
of a fire”, W.B.Yeats and at a recent inspection the school attained “outstanding” status.
Admissions Criteria
Children who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed
admission will not be considered for places until all children who reside in Northern
Ireland have been considered.
The Board of Governors has determined that, in the event of more applicants than the places
available the following admissions criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select
children for the available places.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* in their final pre-school year.
2 Children not falling within (1) above in their final school year.
Sub-criteria
In the event of more pupils satisfying the last criterion which can be applied, in the order of
priority set down above, then selection for the remaining places will be on the basis of the
following sub-criteria.
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Children living within the Parish of Holy Trinity:
1
Children with brother(s)/sister(s)/half brother(s)/half sister(s)attending/attended St Martin’s
Nursery/Holy Trinity Primary School. (Indicate name, year group and dates of
attendance)
2
Priority will be given to applicants that list St Martin’s as their first preference.
3
First/only child in the family. (Twins or multiple births will be considered as a first child)
This will be verified by Church Records.
4
Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) is/are currently a permanent employee in the school
St Martin’s Nursery School/Holy Trinity Primary School.
5
Children who in the opinion of the Board of Governors have special home circumstances
considered in the following order:
(a) a child who has one or both parents deceased;
(b) a child whose parent has a serious long term illness (medical evidence required);
(c) children with exceptional family circumstances (evidence required).
6
Children who are considered by an Education and Library Board as having significant
special needs which indicate that the child would benefit from nursery education.
Documentary evidence must be submitted to the Board of Governors, by a psychologist
etc or from a referral by medical or psychological service.
In the event of there being more applicants than places remaining for the last sub-criterion
which can be applied then selection will be on the basis of whose parent(s)/guardian(s) homes
are closest to the Nursery School as measured by a straight line on the Ordnance Survey Map
from the front door of the child’s home to the front door of the Nursery School.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St. Martin’s
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until June 2015.
The school will contact you if your child gains a place in the school by this method. Please
contact the school if you wish your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the Application Form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the Application Form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include our sub-criteria.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify
information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within
the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any
school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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ST MARY’S NURSERY SCHOOL
822 SHORE ROAD
NEWTOWNABBEY
BT36 7DG
Maintained Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9077 4302
Principal: Mrs S Hoy BEd (Hons) MEd
St Mary’s Nursery School is a purpose built Nursery School situated in the beautiful grounds of
St Mary’s Church, Greencastle. The Catholic ethos is obvious in the happy, caring and warm
atmosphere, which permeates the school. Two qualified teachers staff the school alongside
three qualified nursery assistants all of whom have specialised qualifications in early years
education.
In partnership with the parents we aim to promote the development of happy, secure, confident
children who are striving toward independent learning. As play is the principle means of
learning in the early years we provide opportunities to explore and experiment through
challenging, progressive activities. The well-planned curriculum ensures a broad, balanced
curriculum incorporating early literacy, mathematical and scientific development alongside
physical, creative and imaginative development and thus lays foundations for lifelong learning.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has determined that, in the event of more applicants than places
available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select children for the
available places:
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances* who reside in the Parish of St Mary’s, Greencastle
and St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Whitehouse and whose first preference choice is St Mary’s
Nursery School.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
3 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in
the Parish of St Mary’s, Greencastle and St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Whitehouse and whose
first preference choice is St Mary’s Nursery School.
4 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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Sub-criteria
In the event of over-subscription in any of the above criteria the following sub-criteria will apply:
A Children in the pre-primary school year from the Parish of St Mary’s, Greencastle and St Mary’s
Star of the Sea, Whitehouse who are deemed to have Special Educational Needs from
assessments by educational psychologists, designated medical officers and other such
assessments as deemed appropriate by the Education and Library Board.
B Children who, in the opinion of the Board of Governors, have special home circumstances,
considered in the order set down:
i Other child/parent with a serious long-term illness - medical evidence required.
ii A child who has one or both parents deceased.
iii Children who are twins or multiple births.
C
Children whose parent/guardian/grandparent is currently a permanent employee in the school.
D
Children whose parent/grandparent is currently a serving member of the Board of Governors of St
Mary’s Nursery School.
E Children whose brother/sister previously attended St Mary’s Nursery School and whose first
preference choice is St Mary’s Nursery School. (Indicate name and date of attendance)
F
Children whose first preference choice is St Mary’s Nursery School.
In the event of there being more applications than places remaining for the last sub-criteria which can
be applied, selection will then be determined by a straight line measurement on the Ordnance Survey
map from the front gate of the Nursery School to the child’s home.
In the event of equal distances, final selection will be in order of the alphabet of the child’s surname as
recorded on the birth certificate. (As used in the telephone directory)
5
Children in their penultimate pre-school year from the parish of St Mary’s Greencastle and St
Mary’s Star of the Sea, Whitehouse.
6 Other children in their penultimate pre-school year.
Within the final sub-criterion the basis will be in rank order of age - oldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St Mary’s Nursery School that
were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June
2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s
name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that
all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application
form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or
sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any
Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools
can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application
Form.
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ST MATTHEW’S PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
SEAFORDE STREET
BELFAST
BT5 4EW
Maintained Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9045 7885
Fax No: 028 9045 8477
Principal: Mr Joseph McGuinness Bed, DASE, MSc, PQSH
Head of Nursery Unit: Mrs Jennifer Donnelly, B.Ed (Hons)
St. Matthew’s Nursery Unit opened in 1996 as a two unit facility and now offers 52 full-time
places. The Nursery will seek to develop each child’s potential in all spheres of Nursery
education according to the Catholic tradition. The Nursery programme offers a wide range of
pre-school learning experiences in structured play, language development, art and pre-writing
skills, social interaction activities and imaginative play. The children have exclusive use of the
school gymnasium for physical education activities.
The Nursery school pays particular attention to promoting a love of reading. Library books are
exchanged on a daily basis. The children are provided with a mid-morning snack and a
cooked lunch each day. The Nursery is totally self-contained. It is fully equipped for indoor,
outdoor and table-top activities. At the last inspection, the Nursery was identified as one of the
major strengths of the school.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The school will adhere to the statutory admissions criteria as outlined in DENI Circular 2007/11
of the Pre-school Education in Schools Regulations (NI) 1998.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
In the case of over-subscription in the application of the statutory criteria, taken in order,
the following sub-criteria will be applied, successively, as follows:
Sub-criteria
a
Children who normally reside in St Matthew’s Parish.**
b
Children whose brother(s)/ sister(s), half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) and any other children
living permanently at the same address who are currently enrolled in St Matthew’s Primary
School or Nursery Unit. (Indicate name and year group)
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c
Children of current permanent staff or Governors of St Matthew’s Primary School.
d
Children who reside in Zone 1 in St Anthony’s Parish. Zone 1 - Beginning at the Ravenhill
Road end - all residences in the Parish area to the left of My Lady’s Road and Willowfield
Street to the Castlereagh Road. This Zone will be referenced in the criteria for St
Matthew’s Primary School.
e
Children from St Matthew’s Parish with documented special needs which can be suitably
addressed by a Nursery placement and who are deemed suitable by the Belfast Education
and Library Board to be educated in a mainstream school.
f
Children whose parents attended St Matthew’s Primary School. (Indicate name and
dates of attendance)
g
Children who are the eldest as determined by their age on a certified birth certificate.
3
Should the application of the above criteria and sub-criteria fail to yield the Nursery Unit’s
enrolment quota, then children born between 2 July 2011– 1 July 2012 will be considered
on the basis of the above sub-criteria, with preference being given to rank order of age
with the eldest being selected first at each criteria level.
**
Residency refers to the child’s home and not that of a childminder.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St Matthew’s
Nursery Unit that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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ST MICHAEL’S NURSERY SCHOOL
2 STEWARTSTOWN ROAD
BELFAST
BT11 9JP
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9043 1040
Principal: Miss F Greene, DASE B Ed CertEd
St. Michael’s Nursery School is a Catholic Maintained Nursery School situated on the Stewartstown
Road in West Belfast.
The school opened in September 1991 traditionally catering for the needs of three and four year old
children in St. Michael’s Parish and when possible from the wider community.
It is a double unit nursery offering full-time pre-school education to 52 children from 8.45am to 1.30pm.
The full time staff comprise of two teachers and two nursery assistants all of whom have specialised
qualifications in early years education. Our goal is to provide a safe, secure, happy and stimulating
environment for the children.
As a Catholic nursery school we are committed to fostering the development of Catholic values and
attitudes.
The Curriculum
When referring to the curriculum of our Nursery School we are concerned with building on children’s
experiences, matching activities to their needs and providing planned purposeful activities for teaching
and learning both indoors and out.
When planning the curriculum we take into account the way in which the pre-school child develops, that
is the development of speech and language, physical skills, intellectual development and social and
moral development. Hence we consider each child at his/her particular stage of development and aim
to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to fulfil and challenge him/her throughout the school year.
We value the role of parents in children’s education and encourage parents to participate in the life of
the school through activities such as story telling, gardening, school trips and fund raising.
Children who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission will not be
considered for places until all children who reside in Northern Ireland have been considered.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors have resolved to delegate to the Principal its function and responsibilities in
relation to the application of the criteria and the admission of pupils to the nursery school.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’
1. Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are
from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2. Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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The statutory criteria as listed will be applied to all applications received by the official closing
date.
Sub Criteria
In the event of over subscription within any of the named statutory criteria the following sub
criteria will be applied:
1.
Children who have listed St. Michael’s Nursery School as their first preference.
2.
Children of staff currently employed in St. Michael’s Nursery School.
3.
Children whose parents are currently serving members of the Board of Governors.
4.
Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in the parish of St. Michael’s in order of
priority as noted below:
(a) Children deemed to have special circumstances which would have a significant
impact on their education as supported by documentary evidence from an
Education and Library Board, Child Development Clinic or Senior Medical Officer.
(b) Children deemed to have special home circumstances considered in the following
order:
i. a child who has one or both parents deceased
ii. a child whose parent has a serious long term illness (medical evidence
to reflect the serious nature of the illness).
(c) Brother(s)/sister(s) attending St. Michael’s Nursery School.
(d) Children whose brother(s)/sister(s) half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) have attended
St. Michael’s Nursery School (Indicate name and date of attendance).
(e) Brother(s)/Sister(s) half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) attending St. John the Baptist
Primary School. (Indicate name and year group)
(f) Other children in St. Michael’s Parish.
5.
Children who reside outside St. Michael’s Parish in order of priority as noted below:
(a) Brother/sister attending St. Michael’s Nursery School.
(b) Children whose brother(s)/sister(s) have previously attended St. Michael’s
Nursery School. (Indicate name and date of attendance)
(c) Brother(s)/sister(s) attending St. John the Baptist Primary School. (Indicate
name and year group).
6.
Remaining children in their pre-school year.
7.
Children in their penultimate pre-school year, that is children born between 2 July 2011
and 1 July 2012 on the basis of chronological age of the children.
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If over-subscribed in any of the sub criteria taken in order concerning children in their final preschool year final selection will be on the basis of the initial letter of their surname in the order
set down below. The surname used will be as registered on the birth certificate or as
subsequently legally changed and documented.
H S T Q C Mac N Z L F J R B A X G Y P V I O K Mc U W E M D
The order was determined by a randomized selection of letters of the alphabet made on 11
September 2013.
In the event of surnames with the same initial letter the next letter of the surname will be used
in alphabetical order.
In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the forename as registered
on the birth certificate will be used.
Important Notice
Completion of Application Form
When considering which children should be selected for admission the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the
application form.
Parents should ensure that all information relating to their child and relevant to the school’s
admission criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
Examples of such information include:
- Residency in St. Michael’s parish
- Name(s) of siblings who have attended St. Michael’s Nursery School (Name(s) and Date of
Attendance)
- Name(s) of siblings attending St. John the Baptist Primary School (Name(s) and Year
Group).
Waiting List Policy
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 those children of parents who made applications on or before
10 January 2014 and applications where new information has been provided will be given priority before any new
or late applicants. Places are allocated using the above criteria. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June
2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s
name to be removed from the list.
The Board of Governors have delegated to the Principal the responsibility for the allocation of places in
accordance with the school’s Admission Criteria.
Duty to verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require any supplementary evidence as it may determine to support
or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to
provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools admissions procedures can result in the withdrawal of
a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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ST OLIVER PLUNKETT NURSERY SCHOOL
GLEN ROAD
BELFAST
BT11 8AY
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9060 0529
Principal: Mrs Ellen Farren
St Oliver Plunkett Nursery School was established in 1992. It is a purpose built school and
occupies a pleasant, well maintained site on the main Glen Road beside St Oliver Plunkett
Primary School.
The school is well equipped and resourced. The staff of the Nursery value the importance of
parents in the young child’s development and education and, with the Board of Governors, are
committed to a close relationship with parish and parents. The Catholic ethos is obvious in the
warm, caring and happy atmosphere which permeates the Nursery.
The individuality of each child is valued and a broad-based curriculum is provided, aimed at
developing each child’s skills to full potential.
Admissions Criteria
Children who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission
will not be considered for places until all children who reside in Northern Ireland have been
considered.
The Board of Governors request that 2 types of proof of address MUST be provided at the
time of application.
The Board of Governors have determined that, in the event of more applicants than the places
available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select children for the
available places.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances* who reside in the Parish of St Oliver Plunkett.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
3 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in
the Parish of St Oliver Plunkett and for whom St Oliver Plunkett Nursery School is their 1 st
preference.
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4
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 from the Parish of St Oliver Plunkett who are
considered by an Education and Library Board as having significant special needs which indicate
that the child would benefit from nursery education. (Documentary evidence must be submitted to
the Board of Governors).
5
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011, whose parents/guardians reside in the Parish
of St Joseph’s, Hannahstown and for whom St Oliver Plunkett Nursery School is their first
preference.
6
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
7
Other children in their penultimate pre-school year from the parish of St Oliver Plunkett will be
accepted on the basis of oldest first.
8
Other children in their penultimate pre-school year on the basis of oldest first.
Sub-criteria
1 Children whose brothers/sisters presently/previously enrolled in St Oliver Plunkett Nursery School.
(Indicate name and date of attendance)
2
Children whose brothers/sisters presently/previously enrolled in St Oliver Plunkett Primary School.
(Indicate name, year group and dates of attendance)
3
Children whose parent/parents/guardian are resident in the Parish of St Oliver Plunkett and who in
the opinion of the Board of Governors have special home circumstances, considered in the
following order;
a
a child who has one or both parents deceased
b
a child whose parent has a serious long-term illness - medical evidence required
4
Children whose parent/guardian is currently a permanent employee in the Nursery School or St
Oliver Plunket Primary School.
5
Tie-breaker – Children will be selected for admission on the basis of initial letter of surname (as
entered on the Birth Certificate) in the order set out below:
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The Admissions Criteria will be applied by a Nursery Admissions Sub-Committee consisting of the Principal and
three Governors subject to the final approval of the Board of Governors.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St Oliver Plunkett Nursery
School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has
been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30
June 2015. The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s
name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that
all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application
form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether the has brothers or sisters attending the
school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any
Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools
can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application
Form.
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ST PAUL’S NURSERY SCHOOL UNIT
AMCOMRI STREET
BELFAST
BT12 7NE
Maintained Nursery School Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9024 9559 (Nursery)
028 9032 8968 (Primary)
Principal: Mr C O’Doherty B.Ed Hons, M.Ed, PQH
Teacher in charge: Ms C McDonald-Anakaa B Ed Hons
St Paul’s Nursery
Maintained School
1980 to serve the
Primary School as
52 children.
Unit is the Nursery department of St Paul’s Primary School a Catholic
situated in the Beechmount area of West Belfast. The nursery opened in
needs of pre-school children from St Paul’s Parish and joined St Paul’s
a unit in September 2011. The nursery currently offers full-time places for
The nursery is set on its own grounds with a large outdoor play and grass area.
Accommodation consists of two spacious, bright and fully equipped playrooms each with an
attached quiet room and toilet room.
Nursery staff strive to provide a welcoming, caring and stimulating environment in which each
child will have the opportunity to reach his/her full potential in every area of growth and
development, in an atmosphere of self-respect and respect for others. We are a fully inclusive
school and welcome children from all cultural backgrounds.
We recognise the valuable role which parents play in the education of their children and we
are committed to creating useful opportunities for parental involvement in the life of the school.
We believe that the nursery, parents and the wider community must work together to provide
the quality pre-school education our children deserve.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
Children who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission
will not be considered for places until all children who reside in Northern Ireland have been
considered.
The Board of Governors have determined that, in the event of more applicants than the places
available the following criteria will be applied, in the order set down, to select children for the
available places.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
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3
Other children in chronological order.
Sub-criteria
If the school is oversubscribed at any of the stages 1-3 above, the following sub-criteria will be
applied:
1 Residency within the geographical boundaries of St Paul’s Parish.
2
Children who are considered by an Education and Library Board, Senior Medical Officer, Speech &
Language Therapy Service, as having Special Needs, which indicate that the child would benefit
from nursery education, supporting evidence must be attached to the application form.
3
Children with brothers/half-brothers and sister/half-sisters who previously attended St Paul’s
Nursery School/Unit. (Indicate name and date of attendance)
4
Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) is/are currently a permanent employee in St Paul’s Primary
School/Nursery Unit.
5
In the event of there being more applicants than places remaining for the last sub-criteria which can
be applied, then selection will be on the basis of a randomized computer selection of letters of the
alphabet. First by surname and then by Christian/forename in the order listed on the birth
certificate.
In the event of two children having the same surname and Christian/forename a computerized ‘random
selection tie-breaker’ will be applied.
C V L J X Mac A O U D F Mc P S R Q K I E W T M G H Y N Z B
(This order was determined by a randomized selection of letters of the alphabet.
annually.)
This will be randomized
In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the surname
will be used in alphabetical order and if identical surnames the alphabetical order of the initials of the
forename will be used, as listed on the birth certificate.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St Paul’s Nursery Unit that
were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June
2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s
name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that
all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application
form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or
sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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ST PETER’S NURSERY SCHOOL
SERVIA STREET
BELFAST
BT12 4EJ
Maintained Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9024 6675
Principal: Mrs R Mallon B.A., P.G.C.E., M.Ed.
St. Peter’s is a Catholic Maintained Nursery School and our aim is to nurture children in the
ethos of the Catholic Faith.
The school is permanently staffed by two qualified teachers and four nursery assistants who
have trained in early years education. Staff have trained in the Elklan and Comet Speech and
Language Programmes.
The school aims to develop children socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and morally
through a well-planned, broad and balanced curriculum which will enable children to learn
through play and to have experiences which will encourage and stimulate the development of
the child.
The Nursery environment both indoors and our extensive outdoor area, offers security,
challenge, progression, enjoyment and fun for young children.
The school is committed to meeting the educational needs of each child and works closely with
outside agencies e.g Speech Therapy, Educational Psychology, Senior Medical Officer etc. to
meet these aims.
St. Peter’s Nursery looks on Parents as Partners in the Education process and parents are
always involved in the life of the school.
The Extended Schools Programme offers an ‘Early Bird Club’ – 8.30am – 9.00am and After
Schools Activities from 1.30pm – 3.00pm.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are
from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardians(s)
reside in the Parishes of St Peter’s/St Mary’s.
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Sub Criteria
If the school is over-subscribed at any of the stages 1-2 above, the following sub-criteria will be
applied.
1.
Children who reside within the Parish of St Peter’s and St Mary’s who have named St
Peter’s Nursery School as their first preference school will receive priority over other
children who have not.
2.
Children who reside within the Parish of St Peter’s/St Mary’s with his/her parent(s)legal
guardian(s) and have brother(s)/sister(s),half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) currently attending
St Peter’s Nursery School. (Indicate name and year group)
3.
Children who reside within the Parish of St Peter’s/St Mary’s with his/her parent(s)/legal
guardian(s) who have brother(s)/sister(s), half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) who previously
attended St Peter’s Nursery School. (Indicate name and dates of attendance)
4.
Children who reside within the Parish of St Peter’s/St Mary’s with his/her parent(s)/legal
guardian(s) and are the eldest/first child in the family to apply.
5.
Children who reside within the parish of St Peter’s/St Mary’s with his/her parent(s)/legal
guardian(s) and are deemed to have special educational needs will be considered by
the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors will decide if a child should be
considered under this criterion on the basis of evidence provided from assessment by
Educational Psychologists, within the time scale available. The opinion of the Belfast
Education and Library Board should be conveyed to the Board Governors by Special
Education Section of the board. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that all
relevant documentation is forwarded to the governors at the time of application.
6.
Children who reside outside the Parish of St Peter’s/St Mary’s who have
Brother(s)/sister(s), half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) attending St. Peter’s Nursery School.
(Indicate name and year group)
7.
Children who reside outside the Parish of St Peter’s/St Mary’s and have
brother(s)/sister(s), half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) who have previously attended St.
Peter’s Nursery School. (Indicate name and dates of attendance)
8.
All other children who reside outside the parish of St Peter’s/St Mary’s.
If over-subscribed in any of the above sub-criteria taken in order – final selection will be on the
basis of the initial letter of the surname in order set down below. The surname used will be as
registered on the birth certificate or as subsequently legally changed and documented.
The order was determined by a randomised selection of letters of the alphabet made on 13
September 2013.
K H Z P B A J W F R M Mc C E V U Y S Mac X L Q D O T N G I
In the event of surnames with the same initial letter the subsequent letter of the surname will
be used in alphabetical order.
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In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the forename as registered
on the birth certificate will be used.
If places are still available after all pre-school children are placed, remaining places will be
allocated to children in their penultimate pre-school year – ie children born between 2 July
2011 and 1 July 2012 in accordance with:
1.
2.
Chronological order – eldest first
Children whose parents are from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
Important Notice
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the
application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to
the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include:
Name of siblings attending/previously attended St. Peter's Nursery School: Year of attendance
 Residency in St. Peter’s or St. Mary’s Parish
Waiting List Policy
Should a vacancy arise after all applications for admissions to St. Peter's Nursery School for
the year 2014-2015 which were: initially refused
 new applications
 late applications
 application with new additional information
will all be treated equally and the published criteria applied.
This waiting list will be in place from 30 May 2014 until 30 June 2015. The school will contact
you in writing if your child gains a place by this method in St. Peter's Nursery School.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
to have your child’s name removed from the list.
Duty to verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require any supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools admissions procedures can
result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated
on the applicant’s Application form.
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ST TERESA’S NURSERY SCHOOL
Maintained Co-Ed Nursery School
BEARNAGH GLEN
BELFAST
BT11 8HR
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9061 6944
Principal: Mrs A Diamond
St. Teresa’s Nursery School is a Catholic Maintained Co-Educational Nursery School situated
in a quiet cul-de-sac of Bearnagh Drive in the Glen Road area of West Belfast.
Opened in 1994, St. Teresa’s Nursery School is a purpose built nursery school traditionally
catering for the needs of pre-school children in the Parish of St. Teresa. Our aim is to provide
high quality nursery education in a just and caring environment where we will work together
with Parents towards creating a trusting partnership between home, the school and the wider
community.
Our school has established close links with St. Teresa’s Primary School and most of the
children attending the nursery transfer to St. Teresa’s Primary School. Parents are welcomed
into the school and have opportunities during the school year to participate in school activities.
A school newsletter keeps Parents well informed about aspects of the curriculum as well as
school events.
Additional Information about Nursery
Throughout the year parents are invited to “Come to Play” sessions, when parents and
children have the opportunity to play together in the nursery environment. There are also
workshops and parents sessions organised to support the development of a range of child
centred issues.
The curriculum consists of a wide range of activities which are carefully planned to stimulate
children’s learning and adapted to meet the needs of each child. St. Teresa’s Nursery School
offers a wonderful stimulating and safe outdoor learning environment, where children can
explore and develop natural curiosity.
The school is staffed by a team of qualified teachers specialising in Nursery Education and
NNEB qualified nursery assistants who are committed to work together to create an
environment where each child is free to seek and achieve his/her fullest potential. In May
2011 the nursery school was inspected by Department of Education and received an
Outstanding Report in all areas of Teaching, Learning and Pastoral Care. In May 2011, the
nursery school was awarded the Eco Schools Green Flag in recognition for the promotion of
Healthy Eating and Positive Healthy Lifestyle; Little Management and Recycling; The
Development of Cultural Diversity and the Development of the Natural Environment.
Children who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission
will not be considered for places until all children who reside in Northern Ireland have been
considered.
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ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has determined that in the event of more applicants than places
available, the following Admissions Criteria will be applied in the order set down to select
children for the available places. The sub-criteria will be applied in the event of oversubscription in any of the statutory criteria.
The Board of Governors delegates to the Principal and a Selection Committee the
responsibility of applying the criteria. Such selection is then finally approved by the Board of
Governors.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are
from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
1.
Children whose parent(s) legal guardian(s) is a permanent member of teaching/ancillary
staff of St. Teresa’s Nursery School.
2
Children who reside within the Parish of St. Teresa’s and who have named St. Teresa’s
Nursery School as their first preference school will receive priority over other children
who have not.
3
Children who reside within the Parish of St. Teresa’s with his/her parent(s)/Legal
guardian(s) and have brother(s)/sister(s),half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) currently attending
St. Teresa’s Primary School or Nursery School. (Indicate name, year group and year of
attendance). This will be verified by St. Teresa’s Primary School/Nursery School.
4
Children who reside within the Parish of St. Teresa’s with his/her parent(s)/legal
guardian(s) and have brother(s)/sister(s), half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) who previously
attended St. Teresa’s Nursery School or Primary School. (Indicate name, year group
and year of attendance) – This will be verified by St. Teresa’s Primary School/Nursery
School.
5
Children who reside within the Parish of St. Teresa’s with his/her parent(s)/legal
guardian(s) and do not have brother(s)/sister(s), half-brother(s)/half-sister(s) attending
St. Teresa’s Primary School or Nursery School – this includes eldest/first child in the
family to apply.
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6.
Children who reside within the parish of St. Teresa’s with his/her parent(s) legal
guardian(s) and are deemed to have special educational needs will be considered by
the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors will decide if a child should be
considered under this criterion on the basis of evidence provided from assessment by
educational psychologists, within the time scale available. The opinion of the Belfast
Education and Library Board should be conveyed to the Board of Governors by Special
Education section of the board. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that all
relevant documentation is forwarded to the governors at the time of application.
7.
Children who reside outside the Parish of St. Teresa’s and have brother(s)/sister(s), halfbrother(s)/half-sister(s) currently attending St. Teresa’s Nursery School or Primary
School. (Indicate name and year group) – This will be verified by St. Teresa’s Primary
School/Nursery School.
8.
Children who reside outside Parish of St. Teresa’s and whose brother(s)/sister(s)/halfbrother(s)/half-sister(s), have previously attended St. Teresa’s Nursery School/Primary
School. (Indicate name and dates of attendance) – This will be verified by St. Teresa’s
Primary school/Nursery School.
9.
All Other children who reside outside of the Parish of St. Teresa’s.
If over-subscribed in any of the above sub-criteria taken in order – final selection will be on the
basis of the initial letter of the surname in order set down below. The surname used will be as
registered on the birth certificate or as subsequently legally changed and documented.
The order was determined by a randomised selection of letters of the alphabet made on 4
September 2013 and agreed upon by Board of Governors in September 2013.
W Q R T E U Y I O P Mc S D A H G F L K J Mac Z C V M B N X
In the event of surnames with the same initial letter the subsequent letter of the surname will
be used in alphabetical order.
In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the forename as registered
on the birth certificate will be used.
If places are still available after all pre-school children are placed i.e at end of stage 2 –
remaining places will be allocated to children in their penultimate pre-school year – i.e children
born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 in accordance with:
1 Children residing in Parish of St Teresa’s.
2 Chronological order – eldest first.
3 Children whose parents are from socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
Important Notice
When considering which children should be selected for admission – the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to application
form.
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Parents should ensure that all information relating to their child is included on the form and
relates only to the admissions criteria – example of such information:
- Name of siblings attending/previously attended Primary School/Nursery School
- Year of attendance
- Residency in Parish of St. Teresa’s
Waiting List Policy
Should a vacancy arise after all applications for admissions to St. Teresa’s Nursery School for
the year 2014-2015 which were:
- initially refused
- new applications
- late applications
- application with new additional information
will all be treated equally and the published criteria applied.
This waiting list will be in place from 30 May 2014 until 30 June 2015. The school will contact
you in writing if your child gains a place by this method in St. Teresa’s Nursery School.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
to have your child’s name removed from the list.
The Principal and Admissions Committee from the Board of Governors will be
responsible for the allocation of remaining places in accordance with the schools
Admission Criteria.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require any supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools admissions procedures can
result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated
on the applicant’s Application Form.
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ST VINCENT DE PAUL PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
167A LIGONIEL ROAD
BELFAST
BT14 8DP
School Telephone No: 028 90717920
Nursery Telephone No: 028 9071 6673
Maintained School
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Email:[email protected]
[email protected]
Principal: Mrs Bronagh McVeigh
Teacher in Charge: Mrs Mary McGrath
St Vincent de Paul Nursery Unit is Catholic Maintained and is situated in the grounds of St Vincent de
Paul Primary School which is on the Ligoniel Road.
It is a single unit offering full-time nursery education to twenty-six children from 9.00am to 1.30pm. It
has one nursery teacher and one nursery assistant. Its purpose is to serve the needs of pre-school
children from St Vincent de Paul Parish.
In the nursery we aim to provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment for the all round
development of each child in a warm, happy and friendly atmosphere where children are given the
opportunity to grow emotionally, spiritually, morally, physically and intellectually. Experienced staff are
on hand to extend the children’s language and experiences by sharing in their play when appropriate.
While the Nursery Unit is self contained with its own entrance and outdoor play area there is a
connecting gate to the school. The children visit the school and join in suitable events during the year
ensuring they are well prepared for the transition to primary school.
At St Vincent de Paul we recognise the role parents have to play in their children’s education and they
are encouraged to become fully involved in their child’s Nursery experience. Parents are invited to take
part in school outings, classroom activities and parenting courses.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The following criteria will be used to allocate places in the Nursery Unit. Priority will be given to
children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances* who reside in the Parish of St Vincent de Paul.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
3
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in the
Parish of St Vincent de Paul.
4
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 from the Parish of St Vincent de Paul who are
considered by an Education and Library Board as having significant special needs which indicate
that the child would benefit from nursery education. (Documentary evidence must be submitted to
the Board of Governors).
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5
Other children of pre-school age from the Parish of St Vincent de Paul.
6
Other children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
In the event of more pupils satisfying the last criterion which can be applied, then selection for
the remaining places will be on the basis of the following sub-criteria:
a) Preference will be given to children who have had their penultimate year in this nursery.
b)
Preference will be given to children who have attended St Vincent de Paul Playgroup.
c)
Preference will be given to children who have listed this nursery as their first preference.
d)
Preference will be given to children whose parents are members of the permanent teaching staff
or permanent assistants.
e)
Preference will be given to children who already have or have had a brother/half brother or
sister/half sister attending St Vincent de Paul Primary School/Nursery Unit. (Indicate name, year
group and date of attendance)
f)
Preference will be given to children whose permanent residence is the shortest distance from the
school. Distance will be measured by a straight line on the Ordinance Survey Map from the front
of the child’s home to the front door of the school.
7
Children born between 2 July 2011 – 1 July 2012 will be considered on the basis of rank order of
age – oldest first.
Parents are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that their application form is fully completed
with all relevant details (eg if child is first/only in family, if they had a sibling attend the school) to enable
the above criteria to be applied.
Where applications are made on the basis of Income Support/Income Based Jobseekers Allowance,
the relevant section MUST be completed and stamped by the Social Security Agency.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St Vincent De Paul
Nursery Unit that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting
list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include
whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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STANHOPE STREET NURSERY SCHOOL
STANHOPE DRIVE
CARRICK HILL
BELFAST
BT13 1BX
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9032 4748
Fax No: 028 90247915
Principal: Miss K E Timmons BEd (Hons) MEd
Stanhope Street Nursery School is purpose built and located in Carrick Hill, off Clifton Street
and within close proximity to the City Centre.
The school grounds have been laid out in tarmac, grass, trees, shrubs and herb beds, thus
providing opportunities for a perception of nature and the immediate environment. Within the
building, we have a welcoming parent’s area and well-equipped playrooms, with adjacent toilet
blocks and quiet rooms. Canopy areas with safety surfaces off each classroom enable the
children to participate in outdoor physical play during inclement weather.
The enrolment figure for this school is 52 with all children attending a full day session.
Nursery hours: 9.00 am to 1.30 pm.
The entrance and exits of the school have been adapted to facilitate wheelchair access. We
also have toilet facilities to accommodate disabled children.
Our school is a happy relaxed area, which fosters a caring ethos in which children develop,
parents are welcome and work in partnership with our staff.
We aim to provide a safe, secure and happy learning environment, which enables children to
develop to their full potential. Play is the principal means of learning in early childhood so we
provide opportunities to explore and experiment through challenging progressive activities. We
aim to give children the best advantage in learning early literacy, mathematical concepts,
scientific and technological ideas. Creative imaginative and musical activities form an
important part of their daily experiences.
Through staff expertise, guidance and praise, children are encouraged to develop self-esteem,
confidence and independence. Both the principal and class teacher have been trained in
“Primary Movement”. We can now offer these exercises to all of the children.
This school encourages parents to participate in activities, which contribute to the life of the
school, including school outings.
Close links with the local community have been established and visitors with additional
expertise are welcome within the nursery school. Close pastoral links have been established
with the local primary schools.
We are committed to Schools Community Relations Programme and enjoy regular outings
throughout the term. We believe the skills learned in our nursery school provide a firm
foundation for future learning.
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Parents who are considering an application to this school may make arrangements with the principal to
view the school. Preferably the arrangements should be made before 9.00 am or after 2.00 pm.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
The Board of Governors will consider all applications and in the case of over-subscription, the following
criteria will apply.
a
b
c
d
e
Preference will be given to children who have listed this nursery as their first preference.
Preference will be given to children living within the Carrick Hill Community.
Preference will be given to children who have had their penultimate year in this nursery.
Preference will be given to children whose brother(s)/sister(s) or half brother(s)/half sister(s) have
attended or currently attend this school. (Indicate name, year group and dates of attendance)
In the event of over-subscription, at this stage, then selection will be:
In the event of there being more applicants than places remaining for the last sub-criteria which can be
applied, then selection will be on the basis of a randomized computer selection of letters of the
alphabet. First by surname and then by Christian/forename in the order listed on the birth certificate.
In the event of two children having the same surname and Christian/forename a computerized random selection
‘tie-breaker’ will be applied.
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 will be considered on the basis of rank order of age –
eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Stanhope Street Nursery
School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has
been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30
June 2015. The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s
name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that
all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application
form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify
information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within
the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any
school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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STRANMILLIS PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
KNIGHTSBRIDGE PARK
BELFAST
BT9 5EH
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Part-time
Telephone No: 028 9038 1164
Fax No: 028 9066 4137
E-mail: [email protected]
www.stranmillisprimary.org
Principal: Mr Jackie Wallace
There has been a purpose-built nursery unit in Stranmillis for over thirty years and as it is
normally the first contact that families have with our school, it represents a vital link with home.
Our nursery is extremely important in helping to create the caring and welcoming ethos that
characterises the whole school. In recent years a high proportion of children transfer to P1 in
Stranmillis from our nursery. Our dual day operates from 8.50 to 11:30 am and from 12:30 to
3:00 pm. Both classes are normally oversubscribed and preference is given to first preference
applications.
The nursery class has recently been refurbished and the outdoor play facilities are excellent.
The active involvement of parents is a very strong feature of our nursery and adds greatly to
the experiences and learning opportunities that are provided by Mrs Nicola Cruickshank, the
specialist nursery teacher and Mrs Una Crozier, her nursery assistant.
Criteria for admission to the Nursery Unit in compliance with the 1999 legalisation
Twenty-six children will be admitted to the morning session and twenty-six other children will
be admitted to the afternoon session. The criteria set out below will be used in successive
order to allocate all 52 nursery places.
The Board of Governors has delegated to the Principal its function and responsibilities in
relation to the application of the criteria and the admission of pupils to the nursery unit.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
(i)
children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their final pre-school
year;
(ii)
children not falling within sub-paragraph (i) who are in their final pre-school year;
(iii) children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who will be aged 3 before 1
September in their penultimate pre-school year;
(iv) children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who will be aged 2 before 1
September in their penultimate pre-school year;
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(v)
children not falling within sub-paragraph (v) or (vi) who will be aged 3 before 1 September
in their penultimate pre-school year;
(vi) children not falling within sub-paragraph (v) or (vi) who will be aged two before 1
September in their penultimate pre-school year;
and who at the time of their proposed admission will not have a pre-school education place
whether full-time or part-time at another school or any other premises.
NOTE: When parents apply for places for their child on this basis (socially disadvantaged
circumstances*) they should produce one of the following documents:(i) an Income Support Order Book with their name and address printed on the front cover;
(ii) a Social Security Agency Form JSA 260 or a recent letter of entitlement from a social
security office confirming the parents entitlement.
Board of Governors will retain a photocopy of the relevant information for record
purposes.
In the event that the nursery is over-subscribed at any point in (i) - (viii) then the following subset of criteria will apply at that point.
Criteria will be applied successively in the following order:
1
Children for whom Stranmillis Nursery is first preference.
2
Children of permanent teachers; classroom assistants and nursery assistants of
Stranmillis Primary School.
3
Children who have a sibling (including half-brothers, half-sisters, step-brothers, stepsisters, foster brothers and/or foster sisters enrolled in Stranmillis Primary School including
the Nursery Unit on the BELB application deadline date. (Indicate name and year group)
4
Children who have had a sibling enrolled in Stranmillis Primary School including the
Nursery Unit. (Indicate name and dates of attendance)
5
Children in the order of closest proximity of the school to the child’s permanent place of
residence at the time of nursery admission. Proximity to the school will be determined by
direct straight line measurement between the child’s residence and the school;
measurements are calculated by a web-based method provided by the Ordnance Survey
of Northern Ireland.
The Board of Governors may require such documentary proof of a child’s permanent residence as the
Board in its absolute discretion considers appropriate. At the time of application parents are asked to
state if they have a preference between a morning and afternoon place.
While the school will endeavour to facilitate preference this may not always be possible. Parents are
therefore advised to indicate whether the preference is a strong one and, if so, state the reason. In
allocating children to am/pm classes the school will take into account a range of factors. A list of these
factors is available on request. Please note that the admissions criteria will be applied before morning
or afternoon preference is taken into account.
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“Applicants should note that where an address contained within an application qualifies a child for
admission then that address will be verified. To enable the Board of Governors to verify addresses, all
applicants should provide any two of the following four documents with their application:
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
A bank or building society statement which shows the address at which the child is resident;
A utility bill (for instance electricity, gas, television licence, telephone) which shows the address
at which the child is resident;
A letter awarding child benefit to the child or another letter relating to this benefit;
The child’s medical card.
This is in addition to the standard requirement to provide a Birth Certificate in order to verify the age of
the child.
Original documents are required and not facsimiles or photocopies. Original documents can be
returned on request at the end of the admissions process by the school to which the child has been
admitted. Applicants preferring not to put verifying documents in the post or seeking alternative
verifying arrangements should contact those schools listed on their application form that require
verifying documents to agree alternative verification arrangements.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Stranmillis
Nursery Unit, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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TAUGHMONAGH PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
FINDON GARDENS
BELFAST
BT9 6QL
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9066 9698
Principal: Mrs J Douds BEd DASE
The Nursery at Taughmonagh Primary School is a two-class unit, which operates on a full day
basis. In November 2012 the nursery moved into a new State of the Art Nursery School which
is equipped with the latest resources. In total fifty-two children can be accommodated and they
are staffed by two teachers and two nursery assistants.
The unit is situated in the grounds of Taughmonagh Primary School (access via Findon
Gardens or from Harberton Park along the driveway between Glenveagh and the old
Harberton School). This location has the benefit of allowing the nursery children to avail of the
main school resources such as the computer suite/PE hall and throughout the year they will be
brought over to take part in special events.
The nursery aims to promote active learning through play. Opportunities are provided for each
child to grow in self-confidence and develop a positive attitude towards play, learning and
education. Through play we aim to meet the physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs of
the child at their particular stage of development. To ensure each child is making progress,
staff keep comprehensive records detailing development throughout the year.
Educational trips and outings to places of interest are considered important in the nursery – a
number of trips are organised throughout the year.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The criteria below will be used by the Principal on behalf of the Board of Governors to
determine admissions to the 52 places available in the Nursery Unit.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
In the event of the nursery unit being oversubscribed, the following sub-criteria will be applied
in order of priority at whichever point (1-2 above) over-subscription occurs:
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a Special Circumstances
If special consideration is sought in respect of any child’s application, the Board of
Governors may in its absolute discretion, after considering any written information in
support of the application and agree to admit that child where it considers that a refusal
would cause particular hardship to the health or welfare of the child.
b Family Connection
i Children who have a brother/sister attending Taughmonagh Primary School/Unit
(Indicate name and year group)
ii Children whose parent/guardian is a permanent employee of Taughmonagh Primary
School.
c Children who reside within the Taughmonagh or Suffolk communities.
d Children who have listed Taughmonagh Nursery Unit as their first choice.
e Residence within a reasonable walking distance of the school
(as indicated by the area bounded by the Upper Lisburn Road, Balmoral Avenue,
Malone/Upper Malone Road and Finaghy Road South but including the Dub Lane and
Fairway Avenue area).
f
Children who live in the area outside that designated at (e) above*.
* Should applications still exceed the maximum intake number, criteria e and f will be applied
on a nearest the school basis. (Such places to be awarded on a proximity basis as determined
by straight line measurement between the main gate of the school and the front entrance of
the child’s home.)
3 Any remaining places will be allocated on the basis of eldest first.
The admissions policy above will be implemented by the Principal on behalf of the Governing
body of Taughmonagh Primary School.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Taughmonagh Nursery Unit
which were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June
2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish your child’s name
to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that
all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application
form or attached to it.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to
support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure
to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the
inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.
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TUDOR LODGE NURSERY SCHOOL
TUDOR PLACE
BELFAST
BT13 1LY
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 52
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9035 1684
Fax No: 028 90751145
Website: www.tudorlodgenursery.co.uk
Email:[email protected]
Principal: Mrs D A Murdoch MEd, BEd, DASE, PQH (NI)
Tudor Lodge Nursery School first opened its doors under the BELB in 1956 in the ‘Big House’
which was formerly a ladies laundry and then a nursery school run by Ewarts Mill. In 1977 it
was replaced by a new purpose built school. Today we are still proud to be an integral part of
the lower Crumlin Road community in our new state of the art building which was opened in
2004.
The school staff, all of whom have qualifications in early years, use their expertise to create a
safe and secure yet relaxed, happy and caring environment where the children through play
can develop each to their own individual potential.
Parents are always welcomed into school and are encouraged to take an active part in the
child’s education and various social events. In partnership with parents we aim to help
children to form relationships with others promoting self-confidence, consideration and respect.
This year we are able to offer parents ‘The Incredible Years’ programme which benefits both
parents and children. We have a very enthusiastic parent worker who will organise events for
parents throughout the year.
Supporting the staff in their aims we have our caretaker, secretary, dining attendant and active
Board of Governors.
Our curriculum is carefully planned taking account of the development of the whole child, using
a wide range of materials and resources and progressive experiences. We are currently
involved in the Comet Language Programme and have staff who are trained to help with
speech difficulties. Indoor activities will be further enhanced with the addition of landscaped
grounds and extensive outdoor equipment providing opportunities for physical development
and encouraging an awareness of growth and living things around us.
Throughout the year we arrange Educational outings and invite many visitors to talk to both
parents and children. We also take part in community activities and fundraising for charity and
have close links with the local primary schools. Since 1991 our school has worked closely with
Our Lady’s Nursery School allowing parents and children from both communities to participate
in joint events and trips in order to promote greater mutual understanding. We have also taken
part in the Comenius Programme adding a European dimension.
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School is opened each day from 8.15am - 3.30pm actual teaching time is 8.45am - 1.30pm.
We now also have the “Early Birds Breakfast Club” operating from 8.15am – 8.45am in the
mornings and the “Little Acorns” afterschool club Monday – Thursday 1.30 – 3.00pm.
For 6 weeks in July we run a summer club for children who have attended our nursery during
the year. Any prospective parents who would like to visit the school will be made very
welcome. Please contact the Principal to arrange a suitable time. A full prospectus is
available for anyone who wishes to contact the school or on the school website. We have an
open afternoon on Monday 16 December 2013 at 1.00pm.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
If oversubscribed at 1- 2 the following sub-criteria will apply:
a Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) is presently a permanent member of school staff.
b Children who have/had siblings or half-siblings attending/attended Tudor Lodge. (Indicate
name and date of attendance)
c
Children who have stated Tudor Lodge Nursery as their first preference.
d Children who have had parents who attended Tudor Lodge. (Indicate name and date of
attendance)
e Twins or multiple births.
f
Children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) home address is closest to the school, from front
door of residence to front door of nursery school as measured by a straight line on the
Ordnance Survey Map.
In the event of two or more children’s permanent residence being measured equal distance for
the final place, children will be selected by alphabetical order of initial letter of surname. (As
used in the telephone directory)
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
Priority will be given to the oldest children in this category. Those children born on the same
day sub-criterion c will apply for final selection.
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After Friday 30 May 2014 any parent whose child was not offered a place will be contacted to
see if they wish to remain on our waiting list.
New applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided
will be treated equally and the published criteria applied to fill a vacancy. This waiting list will
be in place until 30 June 2015.
Parents will be contacted in writing if your child gains a place by this method.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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VICTORIA NURSERY SCHOOL
VICTORIA PARADE
BELFAST
BT15 2EN
Controlled Nursery School
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9074 4247
[email protected]
Principal: Valerie O’Brien B.Ed (Hons), M.Ed. PQHNI
Victoria Nursery School was established in 1969. This purpose built nursery school is situated
in Victoria Parade, off North Queen Street and within close proximity to the city centre.
The school is a bright, modern, spacious well maintained building, fully equipped and
resourced. There is an outdoor play area, partially covered, comprising grass, a sensory
flowerbed, tarmac and safety surfacing.
We aim to provide a happy, relaxed, safe and challenging learning environment, where
children are motivated to develop skills and attitudes at their own pace. Each child is
recognised as unique and our experienced staff will ensure that each child has opportunities to
develop to his or her full potential.
Our broad and balanced curriculum provides opportunities for exploration and experimentation
through provision of carefully planned play activities, thus enabling children to experience
success, develop self-confidence and a positive self-image.
Parents are welcomed, and through daily contact with staff, information is freely shared.
Opportunities to become involved in the life of this school are encouraged through playroom
based activities, a parenting programme, frequent school outings, fundraising events and
social occasions.
Over the last 40 years we have established a strong network of family loyalty and community
spirit, which continues today.
The maximum enrolment number is 26 full-time places. The children attend from 9.00 am to
1.30 pm each day.
Any parent wishing to apply for a place in this school will be made welcome. Please contact
the principal at the above address or telephone number to arrange an appointment, preferably
after 1.30 pm.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors of Victoria Nursery School will apply the following criteria in order of priority as
imposed by DE in allocating places.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
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2 Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-criteria
In the event of this school being over-subscribed in any of the above the following criteria will
be applied:
(a) Children whose permanent residence is the shortest distance from the school. Distance
will be measured by a straight line on the Ordnance Survey Map from the front door of the
child’s home or guardian’s home, to the front door of the nursery school.
(b) Children whose brother/sister have attended or currently attend this school. (Indicate
name and dates of attendance)
Should the application of criteria and sub-criteria above fail to meet the schools enrolment
quota, then children in their penultimate pre-school year, in rank of age – oldest first will be
admitted first. Those children born on the same day ie sub-criteria (a) will be selected.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Victoria
Nursery School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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WHEATFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY UNIT
ALLIANCE AVENUE
BELFAST
BT14 7JE
Controlled Nursery Unit
Enrolment No: 26
Full-time
Telephone No: 028 9071 9824
Principal: Mr J Waugh M.B.E.
Wheatfield Nursery Unit is situated in the grounds of Wheatfield Primary School, which
occupies a large site at the corner of Ardoyne Road and Alliance Road.
It is a single unit offering full-time nursery education to 26 children with one nursery teacher
and one nursery assistant.
Parents are always welcome in the nursery. We see the nursery as an extension of the child’s
home environment and share with the parents the responsibility of helping each child develop
their full potential. Opportunities for learning are provided to encourage this development.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances who are in their immediate pre-school
year (ie born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011).
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
3
Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.
N.B
Please remember that children who attended the nursery in their penultimate preschool year must re-apply for their second year
Sub-criteria:In the event of over-subscription in any of the criteria, taken in order, the following sub-criteria
will be applied in the order set down.
A
Children who attended the nursery in their penultimate pre-school year.
B
Children who have Wheatfield Nursery Unit listed as their first preference.
C
Children who have/have had siblings enrolled in Wheatfield Primary School (P1 to P7).
(Indicate name, year group and dates of attendance.
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D
Parents’/guardians’ homes closest to Nursery. Distance will be determined by a straight
line measurement from the front of the child’s home at the time of application, to the
entrance to the nursery. Measurement will be generated electronically using the Ordnance
Survey website.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Wheatfield
Nursery Unit that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the school.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine
to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information
or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by pre-schools can result in the withdrawal
of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s
Application Form.
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Alphabetical Index
Name of Voluntary and Private Providers
Page No
Belmont Playgroup
167
Benmore Playgroup
170
Carew II Family and Training
172
Cranmore Integrated Playgroup
175
Early Learners Day Nursery
179
First Steps Playgroup
181
Flutterbies Playgroup
183
Forge Integrated Playgroup
185
Hillcrest Day Nursery
188
Holy Cross Pre-School Playgroup
190
Kids @BT9
192
Little Hands Little Feet Day Nursery
194
Malone Playschool/Nursery School
197
Naíscoil Mhic Reachtain
200
Naíscoil An Lonnáin
203
Naiscoil na Mona
205
Our Lady’s Playgroup
207
Play & Learn Playgroup
209
Resurrection Nursery & Playgroup
211
St Colmcille’s Pre-School Playgroup
213
St John’s Pre-School Playgroup
216
St Oliver Plunkett Pre-School Playgroup
218
St Vincent de Paul Pre-School
220
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Springfield Primary Playgroup
222
Springhill Playgroup
224
Stepping Stones Playgroup
226
Sunshine Playgroup
228
T.L.C Nursery
230
The 174 Trust Playgroup
231
Wee Care Day Nursery
233
Wishing Well Family Centre
235
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BELMONT PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
215 BELMONT ROAD
BELFAST
BT4 2AG
Telephone No: 02890 671050
Pre-School Leader: Hannah Nelson, Louise McSherry
Email : [email protected]
Belmont Pre-school playgroup is located in a new building in Belmont Primary School
Grounds. Belmont Playgroup has been in operation since 1965 and through development of
the Playcare Centre in September 2009 an afternoon pre-school session was introduced. The
sessions are organised to provide a variety of play opportunities to enable the children to learn
through play.
Aims
We aim to create an environment which is inclusive regardless of age, which encourages
development through a range of age appropriate activities, helping children to grow in
confidence and to build self-esteem. We aim to work in partnership with parents recognising
that you are the first educators of your child. We also aim to provide the highest possible
standard of childcare where each individual child achieves the greatest level of personal
development that he/she is capable of. We create a caring and organized environment where
each child will feel happy and secure. This together with the many skills they will acquire
during the time in pre-school will mean that the transition to school will be as effortless as
possible. They will also have a familiar and varied routine, enabling them to cope more readily
with the school day.
The Pre-school consists of a large, bright playroom, which has resources covering the
curriculum and progression throughout the year. There is a “quiet area” for story time and a
large covered outdoor play area which has been developed to offer more play and learning
opportunities.
All places offered will be on a part-time basis from 9.00am-11.45am or 12.30pm–3.15pm each
day. The staff team consists of a Leader, Deputy Leader and Assistant (all qualified to at least
NVQ 3 level), all with considerable pre-school experience. The staff to child ratio is at least
1:8. The children wear a comfortable uniform consisting of a jumper, polo shirt and jogging
bottoms. A small weekly donation is collected from parents to cover break.
Belmont Pre-school follows the curriculum which divides children’s learning and development
into 6 areas, as listed below:

Personal, social and emotional development;

Communication, language and literacy development;

Mathematical development;

Knowledge and understanding of the world including early science and technology;
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
Physical development; and

Creative development
The overall aim of the curriculum throughout the pre-school year is to help each individual
child develop and master skills. Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing
and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think. Preschool uses yearly aims and their weekly plans to provide a range of play activities which help
children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. The children
have opportunities to play independently and take part in small group, large group and one-toone play. Children are assigned to a key worker; this enables us to plan specifically to each
individual child’s needs and interests.
To support staff, we receive advice and guidance from independent early years specialists as
well as our active management committee.
Special Needs
We welcome children with special needs and will work with parents and outside agencies to
meet the needs of each child within our setting.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
We allocate places under the following criteria;
1. Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate pre-school
year.
2. Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
(a) Children who have listed Belmont Pre-School as first preference.
(b) Children whose parent is a staff member of Belmont Playcare.
(c) Children currently attend the playgroup and who have siblings who attended the preschool.
(d) Children currently attending Belmont Playgroup.
(e) Children who have a sibling attending the pre-school or playgroup.
(f) Children who have a sibling who attended the pre-school or playgroup.
(g) Children who have a sibling attending Belmont Primary School.
(h) Eldest child in the family.
If oversubscribed at any criteria, final selection will be on the basis of proximity of the child’s
home address to the pre-school. Preference will be given to those who live closest to the preschool.
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Waiting List
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission in 2014 that were
initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the above criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30
June 2015. Belmont Pre-school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the setting by
this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the setting if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
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BENMORE PLAYGROUP
FINAGHY PRIMARY CAMPUS
38 FINAGHY ROAD SOUTH
BELFAST
BT10 0DR
Telephone No: 02890 308677
Playgroup Leader: Lisa Johnston
Benmore Playgroup has been in operation since 1980. It is now situated in a new purpose
built building in Finaghy Primary Campus. Indoors comprises of a large bright playroom and a
quiet area for story time. Outdoors there is a covered play area with a safety surface, large
sand and barked areas, playhouse and a range of natural play resources.
The Playgroup also has regular access to Finaghy Library, Finaghy Primary Sports Zone and
has regular visits to the Primary School to help prepare children for the transition to P1.
Aims
We aim to provide a safe, caring, stimulating and inclusive environment for the children in our
care.
We operate a key worker system with each staff member responsible for 8 children. This
enables us to monitior children’s needs and plan for their progress on an individual basis.
Benmore Playgroup provides a range of play activities that will promote learning and
development in the six areas of the curriculum:
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•
•
•
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Personal, social and emotional development
Physical development
Language development
Early mathematical development
The Arts
The world around us
Staffing and Qualifications
Benmore Playgroup has 3 members of staff:
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Playgroup Leader – NNEB, Advanced Diploma in Childcare & Education, currently
completing Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Children’s care, learning and
development.
Playgroup Assistant – NVQ Level 2 and NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, learning and
development.
Playgroup Assistant – NVQ Level 3 Children’s Care, learning and development,
Makaton Certificate.
All staff hold first aid qualifications and have participated in child protection training. Staff
regularly attend training provided by the Early Years Organisation and other agencies.
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Opening Hours
The Playgroup operates 5 mornings per week term time, Monday to Friday 9am to 12 noon.
Special Needs
We welcome children with special needs and will work in partnership with parents and outside
agencies to meet the needs of each child within our setting.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt
of Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income
Support has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social
Security Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent
should continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate
preschool year.
2 Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
1 Children who have a committee member or staff member or committed regular
volunteer as a parent/guardian.
2 Children who have a sibling attending or who have previously attended the playgroup
3 Children who have a sibling attending Finaghy Primary School.
4 Children referred by Social Services.
5 Children are admitted in order of age (Eldest first)
6 Children who list Benmore Playgroup as a first preference.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Benmore
Playgroup that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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CAREW II FAMILY AND TRAINING CENTRE
LITTLE DUCKS PRE-SCHOOL
15 TAMAR STREET
BELFAST
BT4 1HS
Telephone No: 028 9045 1730
Fax No: 028 9046 0882
Opening Times
Monday to Friday - 9:30 am - 1:15 pm.
Playgroup Leader: Kara Waddell
Aims
We aim to provide a safe and stimulating environment which will meet the needs of all children
and to encourage development and growth around the six areas of the curriculum. We also
recognise the importance and the value of working alongside parents/carers in order to
provide for the best interests for the child.
Curriculum
All learning activities will be carried out in a fun, play environment which will offer maximum
opportunities for progression. The curriculum will be presented over six main areas of learning,
which will be planned to ensure that all children’s needs are met to provide a steady
foundation for further development
•
Personal, social and emotional skills
•
Physical development
•
Early language literacy
•
Early mathematical/science skills
•
Creative and aesthetic development
•
Knowledge and understanding of the world
The curriculum will be implemented throughout the daily routine, using a wide variety of
activities. This will encourage children to become more independent, build confidence, raise
self-esteem and learn through play.
Policies
All of our policies have been drawn up with the best interests of the users of the centre at
heart. Our child protection policy statement and a list of all policies of the centre are included
in our information sheet. A copy of the policy document is available upon written request.
Policies and procedures are reviewed on a regular basis.
Costs
£5.00 per week for snack and refreshment.
Special Needs Policy
Where a child has been identified as having special needs/requirements by either a
parent/guardian or health care professional we will endeavour to meet these needs.
Resources will dictate the ability of the centre to offer services to a child or children and
provision will be based on the following:
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•
•
An assessment of the child’s needs will be carried out by a health professional, either
organised directly by the parent or a health professional or by a carer
The additional resources needed to provide a service to that child have been assessed.
These additional resources have been obtained/secured through working with the health
professional or other agency.
Where we do accept a child with special needs/requirements there will be an agreement
with the parent/guardian to follow guidelines which differ from our usual procedures in
relation to toileting, feeding, physical - craft - learning - and developmental activities with
that particular child.
Additional Information
Carew II Little Ducks Pre-School has been selected to take part in an Early Years Project
funded by the Department of Education. The Early Years Inclusion Team (EYIT) has been set
up as a result of this project. The Team includes Specialist Teachers, an Educational
Psychologist, Health Professionals, Children’s Interdisciplinary Schools Team (CIDS) and
Classroom Assistants. The EYIT will be supporting Little Ducks Pre-School in house providing
training and accepting referrals from staff for children they feel require or would benefit from
additional support. Following assessment Pre-School staff and the EYIT can identify and
provide the most suitable method of support for the child. Parents/Guardians will be consulted
and kept informed throughout this entire process..
Carew II Little Ducks Pre-School participate and fully support The Media Initiative Respecting
Differences Project. Little Ducks have been partnered with Short Strand playgroup for the past
few years and have enjoyed joint parent workshops, venue visits and outings. We look forward
to continuing this partnership into the future.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt
of Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income
Support has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social
Security Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent
should continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
The undernoted admissions criteria will be applied in allocating places funded under the PreSchool Education Expansion Programme:
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their
immediate pre-school year;
2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If there are more applications for places which satisfy the above criteria than the number of
places available then the sub-criteria below will be applied:
a. Children who have attended the Little Owls Playgroup
b. Children who have a committee member, staff member or committed regular volunteer
as a parent/guardian
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c. Children who have listed Little Ducks as first preference
d. Children who are referred by social services or other statutory or voluntary organisation
e. Children who have a sibling attending or who have recently attended the playgroup or
pre-school
f. Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age – Eldest first
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Carew II that
were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This
waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
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CRANMORE INTEGRATED PRIMARY SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
47 FINAGHY ROAD NORTH
BELFAST
BT10 0JB
Telephone No: 028 9066 4410
Principal: Mr W Doherty B Ed.
Playgroup Leader: Miss S McCrudden BA.
Hours of opening: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 12:15pm
Cranmore Integrated Primary School Playgroup is an integral part of the primary school and
prides itself on the warm and welcoming environment for both children and parents. The
inclusive ethos of the Playgroup ensures that children have opportunities to learn and play
together irrespective of social, religious or cultural background. It is situated in a purpose-built
double unit in the quiet, secluded grounds of the primary school and has close links with it.
The playgroup aims to provide quality pre-school education in a planned integrated setting
using a child-centred philosophy and promoting high levels of parental involvement. We aim to
provide a safe, happy and secure environment in which children feel comfortable to develop
their unique personalities and abilities.
Curriculum
In the Playgroup children are given a wide range of activities so that they can learn happily
through play within a carefully planned programme suitable for the children’s needs in their
pre-school year. The children experience planned activities within the early years curriculum
in:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development

Language Development

Early Mathematical Development

The Arts

The World Around Us
The curriculum also provides opportunities for the children to use the primary school hall for
large equipment activities twice weekly. Visits to the park, farm etc are planned and visitors
talk to the children whenever the monthly theme is enhanced by this experience.
Special Needs
Children with special needs, like all other children, are welcome and admitted to pre-school
after consultation between parents and the Principal in line with the Admissions Policy.
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Our system of observation and record keeping helps us monitor children’s needs and helps us
to ensure that planning reflects progression in play.
Our key wonder system means that one adult is responsible for a small number of the children
and so they receive more adult time and attention. If it is felt that a child’s needs cannot be
met in the playgroup without the support of a one-to-one worker steps may be taken to gain
any appropriate funding that will ensure adequate levels of support.
We work in liaison with staff outside the group including therapists, health visitors,
psychologists, social workers and paediatricians to meet children’s needs.
Playgroup Staff
Playgroup Leader Miss S McCrudden BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies
Playgroup Deputy Miss S McLean NVQ3 in Early Years Care and Education
Playgroup Assistant Mrs N Fitzsimons NVQ3 in Early Years Care and Education
All staff are first aid trained and regularly update their training by attending EYO and BELB
courses in a wide variety of topics including Child Protection.
Settling in
In Cranmore Integrated Primary School Playgroup we want children to feel safe and happy in
the absence of their parents; to recognize other adults as a source of authority, help and
friendship and to be able to share with their parents the new learning experience which they
enjoy in the pre-school.
Going to playgroup is a big step in the life of any child and so we want the early days at
playgroup to be a happy experience. We expect parents or the child’s main carer to be
involved in the settling-in period. The introduction to playgroup is gradual to allow the child to
become familiar and feel secure with the new adults and surroundings.
Admissions Criteria
The Board of Governors of Cranmore Integrated Primary School has drawn up the
Playgroup’s Admissions Criteria. It has delegated to the Principal and Admissions SubCommittee its function in relation to the application of these criteria. The criteria are designed
to ensure that there is a reasonable balance between the numbers of children from the two
main cultural traditions in Northern Ireland and whose admissions to Cranmore Integrated
Primary School Playgroup will maintain a ratio of 45% Catholic 45% Protestant and 10% of
children from other religious backgrounds and/or none in any intake year. The following criteria
will therefore be applied to each category as declared on the Pupil Information Form.
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*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
In the event of the school being over-subscribed, the Admissions Sub-Committee will list all
applicants in order of priority by selecting those who fall into the following categories in the
order set out below:
1
2
Children in their final pre-school year whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub-Criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criterion exceed the number of funded place available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied:
a
b
c
d
e
Children who have a brother/sister, half-brother/sister already enrolled in Cranmore
Integrated Primary School.
Children whose parents/guardians are presently permanent members of Cranmore
Integrated Primary School staff and/or Board of Governors.
Children who are the eldest child in the family.
Children who are considered by the Admissions Sub-Committee to be deserving of
special consideration on the basis of special medical, personal or social circumstances
where this is supported by evidence from parent and statutory agency and whose
admission is not incompatible with the provision of efficient education for other children.
All other children who are in their final pre-school year.
If over-subscribed in any of the above criteria, taken in order, final selection will be on the
basis of the initial letter of the surname in the order set out below. The surname used will be
as registered on the birth certificate or as subsequently legally changed and documented.
KZJWXBAMTCDEVFGILNPSUQRYHO
The order was determined by a randomized selection of letters of the alphabet. In the event of
surnames beginning with the same letter the subsequent letters of the surname will be used in
alphabetical order. In the event of 2 identical surnames the alphabetical order of the initial
letter of the first forenames as registered on the birth certificate will be used. In the event of
first forenames beginning with the same letter the subsequent letter of the forename will be
used.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to our
admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such
information include, whether the child is the eldest child, or has brothers or sisters who are
attending the school.
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Waiting List
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission in 2014 that were
initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the above criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30
June 2015. Cranmore Integrated Primary School will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in
the setting by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the setting through the
Primary School office if you wish for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
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EARLY LEARNERS DAY NURSERY
30 WINDSOR AVENUE
BELFAST
BT9 6EJ
Telephone No: 028 9068 2632
Nursery Leader: Jane McGuckian
Our Aims

To provide a safe and stimulating environment which meets the needs of all children

To provide a happy and relaxed atmosphere which promotes good relationships
between children, staff and parents.

To promote development through the broad and balanced curriculum which will enable
all children to reach their full potential.
Curriculum
Our theme-based curriculum has been carefully planned and is regularly reviewed to ensure
all children have access to a wide range of stimulating play activities. We aim to offer activities
which promote learning in the six areas of development outlined within “Curriculum Guidance
for Pre-School Education”.
•
•
•
•
•
•
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Physical Development
Language Development
Early Mathematical Development
The Arts
The World Around Us
The staff consists of a dedicated and committed team of professionals who realize and value
the importance of play in the child’s development. They observe, monitor and record the
progress of the children as they develop throughout the year.
We regard parents as partners in the education of their children and we aim to support them in
any way we can. Regular opportunities are provided for parents to discuss their child’s
progress. Parents are also welcome to accompany us on any educational visits taking place
throughout the year.
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (9am – 11:30am Funded)
9.00 am to 1.45pm (optional)
Staff and Qualifications
Our staff comprises of 4 full-time members with the following qualifications
 NVQ3
 NNEB
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
1 NNEB1 NIPPA Diploma
Special Needs Policy
At Early Learners, we believe that all children should be given support to achieve their
educational potential within the curriculum. We welcome children with special needs and will
work with parents and outside agencies to meet the needs of each child within our setting.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The undernoted admissions criteria will be applied in allocating the places created under the
Pre-school Education Expansion Programme.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
(1) Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate pre-school
year;
(2) Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Should there be more applications than free places available, Early Learners will apply the
following criteria in order:
Sub-criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
(a) Children who are currently attending Early Learners Day Nursery.
(b) Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
(c) Children with special needs aged 3 years and over.
(d) Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age- Eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Early
Learners that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where
new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied.
This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
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FIRST STEPS PLAYGROUP
HORN DRIVE COMMUNITY CENTRE
44a HORN DRIVE
BELFAST
Telephone No: 07842669938
Playgroup Leader : Anne Robinson
Aims of the Playgroup
Playgroup staff aim to offer children the opportunity to interact with their peers, form
friendships and play in a safe and caring environment. Our role in the playgroup is to provide
opportunities, experiences and resources which enable children to develop at their own pace
and in accordance with their needs.
Opening Times
AM. Session
PM. Session
Monday – Friday
Monday – Friday
9:30am – 12noon
1:00pm – 3.30pm
Staffing
There are three permanent qualified members of staff in each session with a ratio of 1:5.
Curriculum
The planned curriculum follows the Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education as
recommended by the Department of Education. We aim to provide a varied curriculum which
takes account of the fact that young children develop rapidly during their early years and learn
at different rates. Therefore we plan and provide accordingly so that all children can develop at
their own pace.
Special Needs
Children with additional needs are included in the group. We work with parents and relevant
agencies to ensure the needs of each child are met.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
The following criteria will be applied in the allocation of places.
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year.
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2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a.
Children who attended the playgroup the previous year
b.
Children who have had siblings attending the playgroup
c.
Children registered with First Steps Parent & Toddler Group
d.
Children from new families in the area
e.
Children referred by other agencies
f.
Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age- Eldest first.
Waiting List Policy
First Steps Early Years Group is a committed provider of equal opportunities, and supports the
local community by providing access to our setting regardless of religion, disability, linguistic
needs, sexual orientation, gender or age.
We ensure the setting is genuinely accessible and families from all sections of the community.
We do this by operating a waiting list and should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all
applications for admission in 2014 that were initially refused, new applications, late
applications and applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally
and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The setting will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the setting by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the setting if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
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FLUTTERBIES PLAYGROUP
THE CENTRE
28-30 CREGAGH ROAD
BELFAST
BT6 9EQ
Telephone No: 02890 457564
Playgroup Leader: Mrs Jacqueline McKechnie
Flutterbies is located in The Centre, the community initiative project of Cregagh Methodist
Church. We are members of The Early Years Organisation and are registered with and
monitored by The Early Years Team at Belfast Trust.
The Centre has a committed Management Committee, responsible for supporting staff and
ensuring the Playgroup complies with necessary legislation.
Places are offered on a part-time from 9.15am to 12.15pm Monday to Friday. We have three
members of staff all qualified to NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Childcare and Education. Our
adult child ratio is 1:8 ensuring that each child gets the individual care and attention they need
to make this a happy and lasting first experience of learning in a formal environment.
A small weekly donation is collected from parents to cover our morning snack.
Aims
Our aim is to prepare children for school and life in general in a happy, safe and friendly
environment. We encourage development through a range of age-appropriate activities and
equipment. We aim to work in partnership with parents, the child’s first educator. We believe
all children should be given opportunities to grow in self-confidence by developing at their own
rate through challenging progressive play.
Flutterbies provides a stimulating and child centred environment. We understand and value
the importance of play in the development of young children as they learn about the world in
which they live. At Flutterbies we offer a free-flow system that enables children to control their
own learning and meet their personal needs with greater independence. Children are able to
mix with their entire peer group during each session. We provide opportunities for children to
challenge their curiosity and foster independence. Our playroom is set out to encourage
children to develop in the areas outlined within “Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education.
We have a detailed list of policies and procedures which are available to parents at all times.
Flutterbies operates an ethos of respect and inclusivity for all. We welcome the diversity of
family lifestyles and work with all families. Our staff are committed to provide a pleasant,
positive and stimulating environment in which children are secure and feel a sense of
belonging. To ensure this, staff work closely with parents/carers to meet the needs of the
individual child effectively.
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All children are respected and their individuality and potential recognised. Activities and use of
play equipment offer children opportunities to develop in an environment free from prejudice
and discrimination. We welcome children with special needs and work together with parents
and outside agencies to support and meet the needs of each individual child within our setting.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt
of Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income
Support has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social
Security Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent
should continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
The following criteria will be applied in the allocation of places.
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year.
2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
Should there be more applications than funded places, Flutterbies will apply the following
criteria in order
a
children who are currently attending Flutterbies Playgroup
b
children with siblings/half siblings who have attended Flutterbies Playgroup
c
children who put Flutterbies Playgroup as their first preference
d
children who live in the immediate area of the Playgroup. Distance will be
determined by a straight line measurement on the Ordnance Survey Map from
the front door of the child’s home address.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Management
Committee will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the
application form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child
and relevant to our admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
Examples of such information include, whether the child is the eldest child, is attending
Flutterbies Playgroup or has brothers or sisters who are attending or have attended
Flutterbies.
Flutterbies Playgroup Waiting List Policy
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014, all applications for admission in 2014 that were initially
refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided will be
treated equally and the publicised criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
Flutterbies will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the setting by this method. Your child’s name
will be automatically added to the list. Please contact us if you wish for your child’s name to be removed from the
list.
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FORGE INTEGRATED PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
20 CAROLAN ROAD
BELFAST
BT7 3HE
Telephone No: 07732 988232
Email: [email protected]
www.forgeips.co.uk
Playgroup Leader: Stephanie Cherry
General Information
Forge Integrated Pre-School Playgroup began in 2001, moving to its new building in the
grounds of Forge Integrated Primary School in 2003. The playgroup has close links with the
primary school. Most of the pre-school children transfer to P1 at Forge and a link teacher call
in on a regular basis. The buildings are bright and spacious and are equipped with a soft
surface outdoor play area which is partly covered so that the children can go outdoors even on
wet days.
We aim to provide high quality education through planned play activities to enhance the
individual child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. We are very proud
of our happy, welcoming atmosphere in which children and their families flourish together.
Our dual day operates from 8.45am to 11.45am and from 12.30pm to 3.00pm
Twenty-four children will be admitted into the morning session and twenty-four will be admitted
into the afternoon session.
Curriculum
We believe that play is the principal means of learning in early childhood. This promotes the
child’s natural curiosity and is the foundation for a good start in primary school. The curriculum
is planned through a series of themes, e.g. seasons, festivals, myself etc. through the course
of a day a child would expect to encounter
 Creative Materials

Natural Materials

Construction Materials

Pre-writing material (e.g. crayons, felt pens)

Imaginative Play (e.g. dressing up)

Table top toys (e.g. puzzles, games)

Computer time

Music

Quiet time activities (e.g. circle time, stories/books)
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There is a breadth and challenge within all aspects of the pre-school curriculum. There are
opportunities to explore, experiment and create both indoors and outdoors.
Staffing
There are 3 members of playgroup staff. The playgroup leader is qualified to NVQ Level 4 and
holds a certificate in Developing Creativity in the Early Years. The assistant and deputy leader
are both qualified to NVQ Level 3, Children’s Care, Learning and Development. All are
committed to extra training as the opportunity or need arises.
The last Department of Education Inspection Report (2010) stated many positive comments
including “The provision for pastoral care within the pre-school is very good: especially noted
is the very good care and sensitive support provided by staff and the children’s excellent
behavior and very good social skills.”
Inclusion Policy
The playgroup aims to provide appropriate play opportunities where all children can be
included. Where necessary, the playgroup staff will work with parents and other professionals
to determine if and how each child’s needs can be met.
As an Integrated Education provider, we aim to ensure that children from all religious
backgrounds and none are welcomed equally.
Parents who wish their child to be considered for the afternoon session as a second
preference in case of not gaining a morning session place should enter “Forge Integrated Preschool am” as the higher preference and “Forge Integrated Pre-school pm” on a separate line
as second third or fourth preference.
While the pre-school will endeavour to facilitate preference this may not always be possible.
Please note that the admissions criteria will be applied before morning or afternoon preference
is taken into account.
Admissions Criteria
The following criteria will be applied in the allocation of places.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year.
2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
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Sub-criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a
Children who have brothers or sisters currently attending or previously attended the
playgroup
b
Children who have brothers or sisters currently attending Forge Integrated Primary
School.
c
Children of staff currently employed within Forge Integrated Pre-School Playgroup and
children of teaching and non-teaching staff currently employed within Forge Integrated
Primary School.
d
Children who have brothers or sisters who previously attended Forge Integrated Primary
School.
e
Children whose admission to the playgroup will maintain or promote a ratio of 40%
Catholic children and 40% Protestant children and 20% of children from other faiths or
none.
To facilitate this process, parents/carers are asked to complete the additional Forge
Integrated Pre-School Playgroup application form, available from the playgroup. This
form must be completed and attached to the open enrolment application if the playgroup
has been listed as a preference
Please note that failure to do so will mean that your application is incomplete.
In the event of over-subscription and there being a tie-break situation in the last criterion which
can be applied then selection for all places remaining in this category will be on the basis of:
1 In the first instance children whose parents have elected Forge Integrated Pre-school
Playgroup or another Integrated Pre-school Playgroup/Nursery School as their first
preference (in order to honour our commitment to offer Integrated places to those parents for
whom this is an important feature of their child’s education) and;
2 In the event of there being a further tie break the initial letter of the child’s surname in the
order set out below:
G A I T F B X K H O S Mac C R D L U E W Q Y V N C Mc P Z J M
Waiting List Policy
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014, all applications for admission in 2014 that were initially
refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided
will be treated equally and the publicized criteria applied.
This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The setting will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the setting by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the setting if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
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HILLCREST DAY NURSERY
14 ANNADALE AVENUE
BELFAST
BT7 3JH
Telephone No: 028 9064 0917
EMAIL: [email protected]
Playgroup Leaders: Sarah McClung
Carley Walker
Opening Hours: 9am – 11.30am
5 days per week – September - June
Staffing
The two members of staff in this setting hold QCF Level 3 Diploma and are supported by our
management team and an Early Years Specialist who provides advice on the curriculum,
routine and development.
Our Aims Are:




To provide an environment where all children are treated as individuals and whose
developmental needs are met through a rich learning experience.
To demonstrate through language, attitude and behaviour that we positively value
diversity in race, culture, religion, gender, ability and disability.
To work in partnership with parents.
To provide a play based curriculum in line with the ‘Northern Ireland Guidance for PreSchool Education’. We will follow the foundation stage and its six areas of learning and
development.
-Personal and social development.
-Problem solving and Numeracy.
-Literacy and Language.
-Physical development and movement.
-The world around us.
-Art and Creativity.
A voluntary charge of £20 per term is levied to cover snacks, cookery activities and visitors to
the group.
Special Needs Policy
Children with special needs will be admitted after consultation between parents, the pre-school
leader, key worker and management.
We operate a key-worker system in which each member of staff is especially responsible for a
small group of children. We will therefore endeavour to meet the individual needs of any child
admitted to our pre-school group.
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Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year.
2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub Criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a. Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age - Eldest first.
b. Children who currently attend Hillcrest.
c. Children who have listed Hillcrest as their first preference.
d. Children who already have or previously have had a sibling attend Hillcrest.
e. Children who have a parent/carer employed by Hillcrest.
f. Children living (where the child lives with the main carer) closest to Hillcrest measured
by a straight line using Google Maps.
In the event of over subscription in the above categories, the children will be selected in
random alphabetical order as written on the child’s birth certificate in the order set out below:
C A M B N R Mc E V Q Y Z U I F W Mac G H J O K D L S P X T
This order was determined by a randomized selection of the letters of the alphabet. In the
event of surnames beginning with the same letter the subsequent letters of the surname will
be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of
the forenames will be used.
Waiting List Policy
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014, all applicants that were initially refused, new
applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided will
be treated equally and the publicised criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30
June 2015. We will contact in writing if your child gains a place at Hillcrest by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the setting if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, we will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s
admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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HOLY CROSS PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
FLAX STREET
BELFAST
BT14 7EJ
Telephone No: 028 9074 1131
Playgroup Leaders: Linda Davison - am
Katrina McGinn - pm
General information
Holy Cross playgroup is situated on Flax Street beside Ardoyne Youth Club. The playgroup
has developed its curriculum plan based on the guidelines stated in the pre-school curriculum
guidance document (1997). The pre-school curriculum plan aims to provide developmentally
appropriate activities to promote each of the areas of development outlined in the guidance
document-personal, social and emotional development, physical development,
creative/aesthetic development, language development, early mathematical experiences, early
experiences in science and technology, knowledge and appreciation of the environment.
The programme of activities is reviewed and amended on a regular basis to ensure that the
individual needs of the children are being met.
Holy Cross Playgroup provides a settled, caring atmosphere with good relationships being
enjoyed between the staff and the children. Our dedicated staff work closely as a team and
work very hard to ensure they maintain good links with parents.
Dates and times of opening
The playgroup is operational five days per week for 38 weeks from September to June.
We operate two sessions per day:
Morning 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Afternoon (Non Pre-School) 1:30 pm to 4:30pm
Staffing
3 Staff in morning session have completed NVQ Level 3.
2 Staff in afternoon session, 1 NVQ Level 3 and 1 NVQ Level 2
Special Needs Policy
Our playgroup aims to provide an appropriate learning opportunity for all children. Our
admissions are open to those children with special needs and will work with parents and
outside agencies to meet the needs of each child within our setting.
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Admissions criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
As there are only a limited number of free places available, all applications for free places must
satisfy the following admissions criteria:
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year;
2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If there are more applications for free places which satisfy the above criteria than the number
of free places available within any of the above criteria, the following sub-criteria will be
applied:
a
Children residing within Holy Cross Parish and /or children outside the parish but within
walking distance of the playgroup.
b
Children referred by Social Services.
c
Children with special education needs as identified by letter from a GP, medical
consultant, social worker etc.
d
Children who have had a brother/sister at the playgroup.
e
Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age – Eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Holy Cross
Playgroup that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it
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KIDS @ BT9
58-60 ULSTREVILLE AVENUE
BELFAST
BT9 7AQ
Part-time places
5 days per week
Telephone No: 028 90665266
Email : [email protected]
Hours
9.30-12noon
Nursery Manager: Jill McWilliams
[email protected] is delighted to have the opportunity to offer funded places for children of pre-school
age. We are registered for 24 pre-school children. Additional day care can be offered around
the funded place, offering care for your child in the pre-school room from 7.30am – 6.30pm
Monday to Friday.
The pre-school children have access to a wide range of learning experiences both indoors and
outdoors. We offer every child the opportunity to learn through play in a safe and stimulating
environment, meeting their individual needs through observation and planning. Every child is
important and is given the opportunity to grow and develop socially, emotionally and physically
during their time at [email protected] We aim to work in partnership with parents recognizing that
you are the first educators of your child.
Children must attend five days per week running from 9.30 am until 12 noon. Clearday
Nurseries employ an Early Years Specialist who works closely with the pre-school team, all of
which hold a relevant childcare qualification. The Early Years Specialist provides support and
advice on the curriculum, routine and development
An Open Evening for parents considering an application for [email protected] will be held on
Monday 16 December at 6.00pm.
Admissions Criteria
The admission policy and criteria will be applied in allocating the places created under the preschool education expansion programme.
Allocation of funded places can only be considered for those children in their immediate preschool year. (Born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011).
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Nursery will only take
into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents
should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the preschool’s admission criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such
information include, whether the child attends [email protected] in a paying capacity, state name of
parent/guardian who is employed by the organization, if the child has a sibling who has
previously attended [email protected] in a funded or paying capacity.
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Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1 Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year.
2 Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
1. Children who are currently attending [email protected] on a full-time or part-time basis.
2. Children who state [email protected] as their first preference.
3. Children whose parent/guardian is an employee of the organisation
4. Children who have a sibling who is currently attending or has previously attended
[email protected] in a paying or funded capacity.
5. Children living (where the child lives with main carer) closest to [email protected] measured by
public road (using google maps).
If the event of oversubscription in the above categories or a tie break is required the following
criteria will be applied:Children will be selected for admission on the basis of initial letter of surname (as entered on
their birth certificate) in the order set out below:H J R B F W K O Mac D A E L Y M S U Mc T P Q I Z C X V N G
This order was determined by a randomized selection of the letters of the alphabet. In the event
of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of the surname will be
used in alphabetical order. I the event of two identical surnames the alphabetical order of the
initials of the forenames will be used.
The pre-school’s policy on the consideration of application after the Open Enrolment procedure
concludes on Friday 30 May 2014 is available directly from [email protected] Nursery. Should a
vacancy arise, the above criteria will be applied to select pupils from our waiting list.
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LITTLE HANDS LITTLE FEET LTD.
DERRYVOLGIE HOUSE
73 MALONE ROAD
BELFAST
BT9 6SB
Telephone No: 028 9066 5037
Our premises are situated on a secure one-acre site on the Malone Road. The Little hands
Little feet building is a visually stunning large detached Victorian House with an extensive lawn
area to the front and a secure playground on one side. With a strong emphasis on high quality
play and education, the site allows the nursery to offer pre-school children unique activities,
both in and outdoors, in-line with our planners and in keeping with the pre-school curriculum
recommendations.
Aims
At Little hands Little feet Ltd. we have a clear understanding of the importance of a child’s
early years and the impact these years have upon a child’s later development and education.
In light of this our aims include:

The holistic development of the child to encompass all their emotional, physical and
educational needs
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To provide a stimulating age and development appropriate setting, in line with the preschool curriculum

To build a strong parent/carer partnership through meetings, newsletters, diaries,
parental help and information boards to enhance a child’s development, both at home
and school

To offer children high quality interactions with adults who are highly passionate,
dedicated and in line with the recommended adult to child ratios with the appropriate
qualifications in education and childcare
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To follow the Pre-School Curriculum and its six areas of learning and development:
o Physical Development and Movement
o Early Mathematical Experiences
o Language Development
o The World Around Us
o The Arts Aesthetic Development
o Personal, Social and Emotional Development

To enhance a child’s development through observations, developmental records,
individual education plans and child assessments
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
To offer education and care to children with special needs. At Little hands Little feet
Ltd. feet we believe it is every child’s right to learn in a safe, stimulating and sensitive
environment regardless of religion, culture or special needs
Hours of Opening
Little hands Little feet open 5 days per week, Monday to Friday 7.30 am – 6.00 pm
The Pre-School will operate: 9.00 am – 11.30 am (Funded)
11.30 am – 12.30 pm (Supplement Charged)
11.30 am – 2.30 pm (Supplement Charged)
11.30am – 6.00 pm (Supplement Charged)
Nursery Staff
Miss Emma McKelvey - B.A . (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
Mrs Amanda Ferguson – B.Ed (Hons) Primary School Education
Admissions Criteria
The undernoted admissions criteria will be applied in allocating the places created under the Preschool Education Expansion Programme.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1. Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate pre-school
year.
2. Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub Criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a. Children already in attendance at Little hands Little feet.
b. Children whose brother/sister have attended or currently attend Little hands Little feet Ltd.
c. Children whose permanent residence is in the shortest distance from the school.
Distance will be measured by a straight line on the Ordnance Survey Map from the front door of
the child’s/guardians home, to the front door of Little hands Little feet Ltd.
d. Children who have a parent as a member of staff.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Little hands Little feet
Pre-School that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list
will be in place until 30 June 2015.
Little hands Little feet Pre-School will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by
this method.
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Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact Little hands Little feet Ltd. if
you wish for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, Little hands Little feet Pre-School
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents
should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s
admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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MALONE NURSERY SCHOOL
SIMPLY ME MALONE
KING’S HALL COMPLEX
BALMORAL
LISBURN ROAD
BELFAST BT9 6GW
Telephone No: 07803 167969
Website: www.malonenurseryschool.com
Nursery Leader/Early Years Specialist: Alison Madill
The Nursery School and Playschool are incorporated within Simply Me Malone in South
Belfast offering quality early years experiences to develop the “whole” child.

Kindergarden style nursery classes – Education Board free places.

Feeder into Fullerton Prep., Stranmillis, St Bride’s, St Anne’s, Finaghy and all
local Primary schools.

Highly professional graduate team of Early Years practitioners.
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Individual personalized record of each child’s development.
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Full-time Educare including Breakfast Club, Children’s workshops and After
school.
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Spacious, bright, child orientated classrooms.

Endless scope for outdoor play in a country environment within a city setting.
Aims
A child learns more during the first seven years of his/her life. Our aim is:

primarily to help develop the whole child by enabling children to pursue their own
interests within a stimulating environment;

to involve children in the wheel process of active learning through materials,
manipulation, choice, language and adult support;

to implement a “plan-do-recall” process;
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to offer high quality adult-child interaction;

to learn as much as possible about each child’s interests and abilities through daily
anecdotal notes and child assessment;
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to form a strong partnership between home and school.
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Early Years Curriculum
The playschool curriculum employs a stepping stone approach to learning based on fun
characters to allow learning through play. Meanwhile the nursery classes follow a more
structured nursery curriculum following the Reggio Emilio approach. Children in the Reggio
and High-scope program engage in the plan-do-recall process. This enables children to plan
and choose an activity to work at…work to follow through a plan and problem solve… and
reflect on what they have learned from their experience.
Hours of Opening
Monday to Friday
Toddler Playschool
Playschool
Nursery Class:
After School including workshops
8:45 am – 12.15pm
8:45 am – 12:15pm or 8.45am – 2.15pm
8.45 am – 11.15pm (Funded)
8.45 am – 12.30pm or 2.30(Supplement)
2.00pm – 5.30 pm daily
Special Needs Policy
Developing the ‘whole child’ and meeting each child’s individual needs are the most important
part of our special needs policy. Specialist staff are able to adapt or devise a personalized
learning program to meet the individual needs of the child.
Staff
Nursery Principal/ Early Years Specialist
Alison Madill
B.A Ed. (Hons) Early Years Specialist
Nursery Teacher
Amy Hunt
Mrs Susan Chambers
Nursery Assistants
Laura Madill
B Ed. Hons. With Early Years
B.Ed (Hons) Early Years/Science
BSc Hons Architecture Doctorate
Educational Psychology (Pending),
Miss Claire Lawlor
Miss Sarah McCreight
Mrs Karely Alvarado-Ruiz
Mrs Hannah McCollum
HND Early Years
BA Early Childhood Studies
BA Early Childhood Studies
Diploma in Early Years
B.Sc Speech Therapy
Playschool Leader
Mrs Deirdre Crawford
Diploma in Early Years
Mrs Paula Martin
Toddler Playschool Leader
Miss Emma Reid
Early Years Assistants
Miss Tara Williams
Mrs Sarah Nelson
BA Early Childhood Studies
BA Early Childhood Studies
BA Early Childhood Studies
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Admissions Criteria
The undernoted admissions criteria will be applied in allocating the places under the Preschool Education Expansion Programme.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt
of Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income
Support has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social
Security Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent
should continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year.
2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a
Children already attending Malone Playschool
b
Children who have a parent as a member of staff
c
Children in order of date of birth, the oldest children being selected first
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Malone
Playgroup that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of
such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending
the school.
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NAÍSCOIL MHIC REACHTAIN
THE 174 TRUST
DUNCAIRN AVENUE
BELFAST
BT14 6BP
Telephone No: 028 9074 0831
Naiscoil Co-ordinator:
Naiscoil Mhic Reachtain is an Irish Medium Pre-school and a feeder nursery to Bunscoil Mhic
Reachtain (The McCracken Primary School). Our aim is provide play experiences, learning
opportunities and adult support to help children develop physically, intellectually, emotionally
and socially.
We Offer
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An effective second language acquisition programme, which provides children
with a good grounding in the Irish Language.
A well-developed theme-based curriculum, which covers the seven areas of
learning outlined in Curriculum Guidance for Pre-school Education.
Opportunities for children to engage in activities planned by adults and also
activities they initiate themselves.
Age and stage appropriate activities/experiences, which build on what children
already know and can do.
A warm, caring environment in which all children feel included, secure and
valued.
The support of a personal key worker who will engage in the children’s play,
support their interests and converse with them.
Assessment and observation - each child is assessed and observed regularly
throughout their time in the Naiscoil and regular meetings are held with parents
to report on the achievements and needs of the child.
Irish classes are available on site to all parents.
Opportunities for you and your family to be directly involved in the activities of
the groups and in your own child’s progress.
Policies
All our policies are designed to offer the best possible experience for the children and families
in the group. Our policies are reviewed on a regular basis and comments and suggestions are
always welcome. Our policy statements are included in our parent’s booklet.
Dates and hours of opening
The nursery opens 5 days a week during term time.
Pre-School 9.15am - 12.45
Pre Pre-School 9.15am – 12 noon
The Pre Pre-School session caters for those children who are 3 years old and there are 16
places available.
Entry Dates
There are two dates for entry into the Naionra one in September and one in February.
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Adult Resources
At present we have 4 full time childcare workers. We are proud of the high ratio of adults to
children in our group. This ensures individual attention to the needs and development of each
child. Promoting an inclusive environment for immersion into Irish language.
Qualifications
(1)
Playgroup Supervisor: NVQ Level 3, Diploma in Irish Language, Child
Protection, First Aid Training, Behaviour Management.
(2)
Playworker: Diploma in Irish Language, NVQ Level 3, Child Protection
(3)
Playworker: B.A. (Irish), Child Protection. First Aid
(4)
BA Hons in Irish Language and Literature. Promoting an inclusive environment.
Training
Our membership of NIPPA and close liaison with ALTRAM ensures that we are constantly in
touch with new training in the field of child education and care. We believe that effective initial
and ongoing training for early years ‘teacher-carers’ is a hallmark of quality. Our staff are
encouraged to avail of any training opportunities.
Special Needs
The Naiscoil is committed to making Irish medium education available to all children. We are
experienced in working in close liaison with professionals across the range of special needs.
If you would like to discuss the group’s ability to meet your child’s special needs you can
speak to our pre-school leader or your child’s key worker.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
2
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year.
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub Criteria
Should there be more applicants than places available, the following admissions sub-criteria
will apply;
(a) Children with siblings at Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain or at Naiscoil Mhic Reachtain
(b) Children from an Irish Language background and for those parents who demonstrate a
commitment to promotion of the language ie. willing to attend Irish classes.
(c) Children in the order on which they have registered for Mhic Reachtain
(d) Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age – Eldest first
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Naiscoil Mhic
Reacthain that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list
will be in place until 30 June 2015. The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in
the school by this method.
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Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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NAISCOIL AN LONNÁIN
61 FALLS ROAD
BELFAST
BT12
Telephone No: 02890 240241
Playgroup Leader: Lauren Morgan
Naíscoil an Lonnáin is a multi-denominational Irish Medium Nursery Unit which provides a
high standard of curriculum-based activities through the Irish Language for children aged 34yrs. The Naíscoil is located on-site with Gaelscoil an Lonnáin, Irish Medium Primary School,
and the After School Club (An Cumann Iarscoile), all of which work closely together in order to
provide the highest possible standard of childcare and academic attainment for each child on
a bilingual basis.
Learning through the Irish Language
All Naíscoil activities are taught through the medium of the Irish Language, although English
be the first language of your child, numerous studies commissioned by the Department of
Education has highlighted the clear advantages of children acquiring another language at this
important stage of a child’s development. The naíscoil staff also have established a code of
practice to ensure that parents with no spoken Irish can continue to play a significant role in
their child’s development. (Parental Irish classes are available during the whole academic
year).
Curriculum
Curriculum based activities on offer, Monday - Friday 9.00am - 12.30pm includes;
Sand
Home Corner
Jigsaws
Song & Rhymes
Outdoor Play
Water
Junk Art
Clay
Interest Table
Cookery
Dressing up
Construction
Stories
Visits
Paint
Dough
Woodwork
Crafts
Staffing
There are 3 members of staff who between them hold the following qualifications: NVQ 3,
NVQ 2, including also Child Protection Training and First Aid Training, Degree in Irish,
Diploma in Irish and Incredible Years Training. Staff continue to meet the high standard for all
practices within the Naíscoil, as is expected.
Parental Involvement
All parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s learning, through parental meetings
and other activities such as the Summer Scheme Activities that are organised for naíscoil
children and their parents, in particular.
Special Needs Policy
The Naíscoil aims to provide a welcome and appropriate learning opportunity for all children.
Children with special needs, like all other children, are admitted after consultation between
parents, the pre-school leader and the keyworker.
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Modus Operandi
Our system of observation and record keeping, which operates in conjunction with parents, enables us
to monitor children’s needs and progress on an individual basis.
Our keyworker system ensures that each adult is specially responsible for and close to just 6 or 7
children, so that each child receives plenty of adult time and attention.
Wherever possible, we will provide for the needs of children in the community who have particular
special needs. Whenever possible, our staff attend in-service training on special needs. This training
is arranged by our partnership bodies.
We work in liaison with staff outside the group including therapists, health visitors, psychologists, social
workers and paediatricians, in order to meet the children’s specific needs.
All activities will be taught through the medium of Irish, which will be adapted according to constraints
(academically, linguistically or physically) to suit the child’s needs.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
2
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate pre-school year;
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-Criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a
b
c
Children whose siblings are current or past pupils.
Children referred by Social Services.
Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age – Eldest first.
During the Naíscoil year, when places become available, children will be admitted on the basis of the
above criteria. Children in their pre-school year will be given preference.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Nailscoil an Lonnain
that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information
has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in
place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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NAISCOIL NA MONA
5 MONAGH GROVE
BELFAST
BT11 8EJ
Telephone No: 02890 619773
Playgroup Leader: Annette Small
Is Naíscoil Lán-Ghaeilge í Naíscoil na Móna ina dteasgactar an curaclam tríd an Ghaeilge.
Beidh daltaí a dhéanann freastal ar na Móna dátheangach. Tá sé sé cruthaithe go bhfuil
buntaistí ag baint le líofacht in dhá theanga ag aois chomh hóg sin I dtaca le forbairt
phearsanta, intleachtúil, shiosialta agus chultúrtha an dalta. Is scoil idirchreidmheach í na
Móna. Is í an páiste croílár na scoile. Bíonn caidrimh oscailte agus láidir idir pháistí,
tuismitheoirí agus fhoireann na scoile. Bítear ag súil go rachaidh tuismitheoirí dhalta na Móna
chuig ranganna Gaeilge ionas go mbeidh siad pairteachin in oideachas a bpáistí fein.
Naiscoil na Mona is an Irish Medium Nursery School where the curriculum is delivered through
the medium of Irish language. Pupils attending na Móna will become bilingual. Fluency in two
languages at such an early age has proven to be advantageous to the pupils’ personal,
emotional, social and cultural development. We actively promote an enriched curriculum and
encourage parents to become involved in their children’s education.
Naiscoil na Mona is an interdenominational nursery school which celebrates all children
regardless of religious or political background. There are open, strong and positive
relationships between pupils, parents and staff in the nursery school with the pupils’ whole
development being the main aim.
We are an integral part of Gaelscoil na Mona. We offer a wide range of Afterschool’s and
evening cultural activities and have a strong parent’s group. We also provide a breakfast club
and lunch club.
Further Opportunities
We do not only support the children in the pre-school curriculum we also offer a wide range of
additional activities for the whole family which include

Breakfast Club

Lunch Club

Saolúr Surestart 2 year old programme

Family Days

Languages Classes

Training opportunities for parents
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Aims and Objectives
Naíscoil na Móna is committed to providing high quality childcare provision through Irish in a
warm and friendly atmosphere.
We aim to promote a high standard of Pre-School Education and a love of the Irish language
and culture through the medium of language and play thus encouraging learning. We believe it
is important to maintain a close relationship with our parents for the benefit of our children. We
aim to involve parents and volunteers in the provision, providing training where possible, and
are continuing to forge links with other groups and schools in the area.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from
socially disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
Sub Criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
1
Children with siblings or half-brothers/half-sisters attending Gaelscoil na Móna
2
Children with other family members attending Gaelscoil na Móna
3
Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age – Eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 31 May 2014 all applications for admission to Naiscoil na
Mona that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where
new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied.
This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015. The school will contact you in writing if your
child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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OUR LADY’S PLAYGROUP
DEANBY GARDENS
BELFAST
BT14 6NN
Tel No: 02890 741668
Playgroup Leader: Karen Havlin
Curriculum
Our Lady’s Playgroup has a well developed theme based curriculum derived from ‘Curriculum
Guidance for Pre-School Education. The Pre-School Curriculum aims to provide appropriate
activities to promote each of the areas of development outlined in the guidance document.
This programme of activities is reviewed and amended on a regular basis to ensure that the
individual needs of the children are being met.
Hours of opening
Morning session
9.00am – 11.45am Afternoon session 12.30pm – 3.00pm
Staffing
Our Lady’s Playgroup have 2 staff. A full-time supervisor who is trained to NVQ Level 3 and an
assistant currently completing NVQ Level 3.
Playgroup Information
The playgroup occupies a bright, spacious, beautifully furnished classroom. The children have
access to a separate and secure play area for their outdoor play. The school assembly hall
and literacy room are timetabled for playgroup use. The playgroup staff are very caring and
are dedicated to the welfare and happiness of the children. There is a strong link between the
primary school and playgroup staff.
Special Needs
Our Lady’s Playgroup welcome children with special needs providing that the number of
children with special needs may be catered for by staff, bearing in mind the needs of other
children.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Should there be more applications than free places available, the playgroup will apply the
following admission criteria:
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Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year;
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Children who are referred by social services, other statutory or voluntary organisations
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Children deemed to be At Risk or In Need.
Children with Special Educational Needs.
Children from another cultural background
Children who already have or previously had a brother or sister attending the playgroup
Any remaining places will be allocated on the basis of eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Our Ladys
Playgroup that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you
wish for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application
form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and
relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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PLAY AND LEARN PLAYGROUP
HOLY CROSS GIRLS’ PRIMARY SCHOOL
ARDOYNE ROAD
BELFAST
BT14 7HZ
Telephone No: 028 9039 1771
Playgroup Leader : Andrea Mullan
Curriculum
Our title ‘Play and Learn’, reflects the basic philosophy of our centre — that young children
learn through play and personal experience. In order to allow this learning and development to
take place we aim to provide:
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a warm caring atmosphere between staff and children in which the child feels secure and
loved.
a stimulating environment both inside and outside with appropriate material for play and
discovery.
a curriculum which evolves from the individual needs of the child and which promotes
learning in the areas of:
personal, social and emotional development;
physical development;
creative/aesthetic development;
language development;
early mathematical experiences;
early experiences in science and technology; and
knowledge and appreciation of the environment.
careful planning of the programme and monitoring the achievements of each child to
ensure progression in all areas.
a book-rich environment in which a high priority is given to developing a love of books. A
wide variety of books is available for parents to read to children at home.
stimulating play materials within a bright attractive play room.
frequent use of the facilities and equipment of the primary school in which the centre is
situated
an outdoor play space and garden for growing plants.
trips to places of special interest e.g. zoo, farm, seaside etc.
The playgroup leader and assistants are well trained and highly motivated to fulfil our aims
and to help our children learn and develop in all areas. We hope that our children will leave the
playgroup feeling secure and happy, ready to explore the world around them and tackle new
situations with enthusiasm and confidence. There will be an additional charge of £3 per child
per week to cover a mid-morning break.
Dates and hours of opening
There is one session per day, beginning at 9:00am and finishes at 1.15pm. The playgroup
operates from Monday to Friday during the school term.
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Staffing numbers and qualifications
There are three permanent members of staff. The leader has HND in Early Childhood Studies and the
assistants have NVQ Level 3 and NNEB. A trainee with NVQ Level 2 who is studying for NVQ Level 3
also works in the group at present.
Special Needs
It is the policy of the playgroup to welcome children with special needs providing that:
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the number of children with special needs may be catered for by the staff, bearing in mind the
needs of the other children;
professional guidance is sought to ensure that the child will be able to avail of this type of preschool education; and
the integration of the child into the group will be carefully planned.
Staff will work with professionals to devise individual educational plans if necessary. If the child’s
physical disability is such that she or he may be easily integrated into the playgroup every effort will be
made to accommodate him or her.
Admissions Criteria
The maximum number of places in each session will not exceed 24 children.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
2
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate pre-school year;
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criterion
In the event of oversubscription the following sub-criteria will apply in the order stated
(a) children who reside in Holy Cross Parish and whose siblings attended Play & Learn and for
whom Play & Learn is their first choice
(b) children who have brothers or sisters currently attending Holy Cross Girls’ or Holy cross Boys
Primary Schools and for whom Play & Learn is their first choice.
(c) children who reside in Holy Cross Parish and for whom Play & Learn is their first choice.
(d) Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age- Eldest first.
Waiting List
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the waiting list. Please contact the setting if you wish
your child’s name to be removed.
The setting will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the setting by this method.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014, all applications for admission in 2014 that were
initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been
provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until
30 June 2015.
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RESURRECTION NURSERY & PLAYGROUP
120 CAVEHILL ROAD
BELFAST
BT15 2LS
Telephone No: 028 9039 1012
Playgroup Leader: Rachel McAuley
Hours of Opening
Morning
Afternoon
Monday - Friday:
Monday - Friday:
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
12:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Resurrection Nursery and Playgroup is situated on the Cavehill Road behind the Church of the
Resurrection. We have been operating now for 14 years.
Staffing
At present Resurrection Nursery & Playgroup is staffed by 4 permanent members of staff, and
1 student.
Three members of staff are qualified to NVQ Level 3 in child care and education and are
continuously upgrading their skills through training courses.
Each member of staff and all volunteers are thoroughly vetted by the North and West Health
and Social Trust and the Police.
Our Aims are
1. To provide a happy and safe environment which is structured to meet the needs of
each child.
2. To provide a highly stimulating and motivating environment, conducive to the overall
development of each child to his/her full potential through a broad and balanced
curriculum.
3. To create a caring atmosphere where qualities of mutual respect, tolerance and
acceptance of diversity are modeled and developed.
4. To foster the development of personal qualities such as self-discipline, self-esteem,
independence, confidence and resourcefulness.
Curriculum
Resurrection Nursery & Playgroup offers a balanced curriculum through play which will
promote development in the following areas:
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The Arts
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Physical Development and Movement
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Personal, Social and Emotional Development
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Language Development
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Early mathematical experiences
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The World Around Us
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Special Needs
Resurrection Nursery and Playgroup welcomes children with special needs providing that:
1. The number of children with special needs can be catered for by our staff, bearing in
mind the needs of other children.
2. The nature and degree of a child’s special needs can be catered for by our staff,
bearing in mind the needs of other children.
3. Professional advice is sought to enable staff to meet the needs of all the child’s
requirements before he/she comes to the group.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
2
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year;
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If there are more applications for free places which satisfy the above criteria than the number
of free places available then the sub-criteria below will be applied.
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b
c
d
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Children who listed Resurrection Nursery and Playgroup as first preference
Children who attended the afternoon session
Children with brothers/sisters who previously attended the playgroup
Children of parent(s) working in the playgroup or are members of the management
committee
Children who, through their ethnic, religious or cultural background, will enhance the
diversity of the group
Children with special needs
Children in order of age; the eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Resurrection that
were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has
been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place
until 30 June 2015. The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this
method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s
admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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ST COLMCILLE’S PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
191 UPPER NEWTOWNARDS ROAD
BELFAST BT4 3JB
Telephone Number – 07936197434/02890472724
Pre-school Playgroup Co-ordinator – Kathy Doherty BSc (Hons) BA Education (Hons)
The playgroup operates five days per week from September – June
Hours of opening
Monday – Friday 09.00 am – 12 noon (two groups)
Monday – Friday 12.30 – 3.30 pm (two groups)
St. Colmcille’s Pre-school Playgroup has been operating for twenty years. The pre-school is
sited in new purpose built premises and has an adjoining safe surface outdoor play area. The
group is situated in the grounds of St. Colmcille’s Parish Church on the Upper Newtownards
Road and operates on a term-time basis.
A wide range of planned activities are available on a daily basis and this includes opportunities
for outdoor play. Through well planned curriculum activities covering the six areas of learning
– physical, emotional and language development, the arts, the world around us and early
mathematical experiences, children will progress at their own pace emotionally, physically,
socially and intellectually. The group is inspected by Social Services each year and recently
was inspected by the Education Training Inspectorate. The very good report that we received
can be read at www.etini.gov.uk
The pre-school is community based and organised by the Management Committee. We
welcome children from all cultural and religious backgrounds. Parents are actively encouraged
to participate in outings and class discussions. Throughout the year, parents and staff will
meet formally and informally to discuss their child’s progress. Booklets, newsletters and
notice boards provide parents with information regarding the monthly planned curriculum
activities. The pre-school ask for a donation of £30.00 per term for school fund to cover the
costs of photographs that are displayed in the play rooms, included in each child’s individual
work portfolio and snack. The playgroup is supported by Early Years, the Organisation for
Young Children and hold two Accreditation Awards from Early Years for groups in recognition
of the quality of care and education being provided.
Staffing
St. Colmcille’s Pre-school Playgroup employs eleven staff. All staff hold qualifications of a
high standard:
MA Early Childhood Education, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, NNEB, NVQ Early Years
Care and Education Level 3. Child Protection Training.
First Aid Trained, Makaton Trained. Designated Persons Training
Aims
- To provide a caring, safe environment which is structured to meet the needs of each child.
- To provide a relaxed atmosphere and create a stimulating learning environment in order to
promote the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of each child.
- To develop personal qualities of self-confidence, self-discipline, self-esteem and selfexpression.
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To support individual personal development in the six areas of learning in the curriculum as
a base for future learning.
Curriculum
St. Colmcille’s Pre-school Playgroup offers a balanced curriculum through play that will
promote development in the following areas:
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Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Physical Development
Language Development
The Arts
Early Mathematical Experiences
The World Around Us
Admissions
Being a committed provider of equal opportunities, we support the local community by
providing access to our setting regardless of religions, disability, linguistic needs, sexual
orientations, gender or age. We ensure the existence of the playgroup is widely known in all
communities through advertising, making our equal opportunities ethos known and describing
the playgroup in terms that make it clear that we welcome all sections of the community.
Special Needs
St. Colmcille’s Pre-school Playgroup operates a special needs policy and welcomes children
with special needs providing that the number of children with special needs can be catered for
by the staff, taking into account the needs of other children. Children who require skilled
support from professionals are welcome provided we can put the proper support and backup
in place.
Waiting List
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the waiting list. Please contact the setting if
you wish your child’s name to be removed.
The setting will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the setting by this method.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014, all applications for admission in 2014 that
were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Should there be more applications received than places available, the playgroup will apply the
following admissions criteria as set down by the Board:
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year;
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2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If there are more applications for free places which satisfy the above criteria than the number
of free places available then the normal playgroup criteria will be further applied as follows:.
(A) Priority will be given to those who put St. Colmcille’s Pre-school as their first choice;
(B) Children who already have or previously had a brother or sister attending the playgroup
(whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending the school;
(C) Children referred by Social Services or other statutory or voluntary organisations;
(D) Children who reside in the parish of St. Colmcille’s;
(E) Children whose parents are employed by St. Joseph’s Primary School or St. Colmcille’s
Pre-school Playgroup, or volunteers with more than one years’ service;
(F) Tie-breaker
 METHOD A– ALPHABET – A criterion that prioritises applicants by where the letters
of their name places them on a rank established by any order of all the letters within the
alphabet.
 Children will be selected for admission on the basis of initial letter of surname (as
entered on birth certificate) in the order set out below:
E M Y K T S L Mac Z Q O G N A Mc I H F V P R W D B C U J X
 This order was determined by a randomised selection of the letters of the alphabet
 In the event of surnames beginning with the same initial letter the subsequent letters of
the surname will be used in alphabetical order. In the event of two identical surnames
the alphabetical order of the initials of the forenames will be used.
The Board of Governors reserve the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may
determine to support or verify information on any application form. The provision of false or
incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by the preschool can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of
any pre-school nominated on the applicants form.
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ST JOHN’S PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
464 FALLS ROAD
BELFAST
BT12 6EN
Telephone No: 02890 315945
Playgroup Leader: Alison McGuiness
1 The playgroup operates 38 weeks in the year (September - June), 5 days per week.
2 The centre is accessible to those with special needs in terms of layout and admission to
the group.
The playgroup is registered by Social Services.
Staffing
The playgroup is staffed with 4 members of staff who hold suitable qualifications.
Curriculum
St John’s Pre-school Playgroup, offer a wide range of activities which comply with the preschool guidance curriculum document (1997).
The pre-school curriculum plan aims to provide developmentally appropriate activities to
promote each of the areas of development outlined in the guidance document. This
programme of activities is reviewed and amended on a regular basis to ensure that the
individual needs of the children are being met.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
2
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year;
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If there are more applications for free places which satisfy the above criteria than the number
of free places available then the sub-criteria below will be applied.
a
b
c
d
e
f
Children who are referred by Social Services, other statutory or voluntary organisation.
Children with special educational needs as identified by letter from a GP, medical
consultant, social worker etc.
Children from another cultural background.
Children who already have or previously had a brother or sister attending the playgroup
Children related to staff or volunteers of the playgroup
Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age – Eldest first.
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Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St John’s
Playgroup that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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ST OLIVER PLUNKETT PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
ST OLIVER PLUNKETT PRIMARY SCHOOL
GLEN ROAD
BELFAST
BT11 8AY
Telephone No: 028 9062 1720
Playgroup Manager: Pauline Boyle
The St Oliver Plunkett Pre-school Playgroup is a newly built facility situated within the campus
of St Oliver Plunkett Primary School. It is a bright and cheerful environment for young children.
The playgroup follows the DENI curricular guidance for the delivery of the Pre-School
curriculum and provides a stimulating learning environment where each child is recognized as
an individual. All children in the setting are respected and encouraged to fulfill their potential
through a well-planned, balanced programme of play activities, events and trips which will
facilitate and enhance the all round development and progress of each child who attends.
The playgroup operates on a term-time basis and works in conjunction with primary school
breaks. The playgroup opens for 188 days per year. The playgroup session is 9.00am –
1.00pm.
Special Educational Needs Policy and Provisions:
It is the policy of St. Oliver Plunkett Pre-School Playgroup to consider children with special
educational needs for enrolment and to accommodate these children in the playgroup, if, after
assessment it is felt that there is sufficient staff and physical resources to deal with their early
education and care. The playgroup staff will endeavour to meet the special educational needs
of any child after admission to the group.
Admissions Criteria
The playgroup is registered with Social Services and is also participating in the Pre-school Education
Expansion Programme.
Under the Pre-school Education Expansion Programme some places in the playgroup will be free.
Under this Programme places in the playgroup will only be allocated to children in their immediate preschool year.
A child will only be offered a place in the playgroup which is situated within a catchment area of the
child’s home address.
Should there be more applications than free places available, the Playgroup will apply the following
admissions criteria:
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are on their immediate preschool year;
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2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
In the event of over subscription the following Sub-criteria will apply in the order
stated:
a
Children who reside in St Oliver Plunkett Parish or Hannahstown Parish and whose
siblings attended St Oliver Plunkett Playgroup and for whom the playgroup is their first
choice
b
Children who reside in St Oliver Plunkett Parish or Hannahstown Parish and whose
siblings attended St Oliver Plunkett Primary School and for whom the playgroup is their
first choice
c
Children whose parents are employed in a permanent capacity in St. Oliver Plunkett
Primary School and St Oliver Plunkett Pre-School
d
Children who reside in St Oliver Plunkett Parish and for whom the playgroup is their first
choice
e
Children who reside in Hannahstown Parish and for whom the playgroup is their first
choice
f
If oversubscription occurs in any one criteria, then children will be selected in random
alphabetical order as written on the child’s birth certificate
M R Q N H B W MAC MC E C Z G X T O Y D L S V I F U J K A P
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St Oliver
Plunkett Playgroup that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and
applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the
published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL PRE- SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
169 LIGONIEL ROAD
BELFAST
BT14 8DP
Telephone No: 028 9071 3401
The Saint Vincent de Paul Pre-school playgroup is Catholic maintained and is situated within
the campus of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish Parochial Hall on the Ligoniel Road.
The purpose of the pre-school playgroup is to serve the needs of pre-school children from St
Vincent de Paul Parish. It follows the DENI curricular guidance for the Pre-School curriculum
and provides a safe, caring and stimulating learning environment where each child is
recognized as an individual. All children are respected and encouraged to fulfil their potential
through a well planned, balanced programme of play activities, events and trips which facilitate
and enhance the all round development and progress of each child.
The playgroup operates on a term-time basis and works in conjunction with primary school
breaks. The playgroup session is 9.00am – 1.00pm.
Staff numbers and qualifications
An Early Years Specialist
1 Playgroup Manager
5 Early Year Assistants NVQ Level 3
Curriculum
Saint Vincent de Paul Pre-School Playgroup offers a wide and balanced curriculum to meet
the children’s needs, exploring, through play, the following areas:
The Arts; Physical Development and Movement; Personal, Social and Emotional
Development; Language Development; Early Mathematical Experiences; The World Around
Us
Special Educational Needs Policy and Provisions:
It is the policy of Saint Vincent de Paul Pre-school Playgroup to consider the children with
special educational needs for enrolment and to accommodate these children in the playgroup,
if after assessment it is felt that there is sufficient staff and physical resources to deal with their
early education and care. The playgroup staff will endeavour to meet the special educational
needs of any child after admission to the group.
Admissions Criteria
The pre-school playgroup is registered with Social Services and is also participating in the preschool Education Expansion Programme.
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*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
We allocate places under the following criteria:
In the event of over subscription the following sub-criteria will apply in the order stated:
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year.
2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
A. Children who reside in Saint Vincent de Paul parish and whose siblings attended Saint
Vincent de Paul Nursery Unit or Pre-School Playgroup and for whom the Pre-School
Playgroup is their first choice.
B. Children who reside in Saint Vincent de Paul Parish and whose siblings have previously
attended Saint Vincent de Paul Primary School and for whom the pre-school playgroup
is their first choice.
C. Children whose parents are employed in a permanent capacity in Saint Vincent de Paul
Primary School and Saint Vincent de Paul Pre-School Playgroup.
D. Children who reside in Saint Vincent de Paul and for whom the Playgroup is their first
choice.
If over subscription occurs in any one criteria, then children will be selected random in
Alphabetical order as written on their birth certificate.
H F S V T K J D M N I A C O Q P U Y X (Mac Mc) Z E B L R G W
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to St Vincent
de Paul Playgroup that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and
applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the
published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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SPRINGFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
SPRINGFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
425 SPRINGFIELD ROAD
BELFAST
BT12 7DJ
Telephone No: 07582291807
Email: [email protected]
Playgroup Leader Mrs Shirley Menabney
Springfield Primary School Playgroup is situated in a ground floor classroom in Springfield
Primary School. Springfield Playgroup has been in operation since 2005 and through
continuous development we are able to provide an afternoon session as well for younger
children. The sessions are organised to provide a variety of play opportunities to enable
children to learn through play.
Aims of the Playgroup
We aim to provide an environment which is inclusive regardless of age, which encourages
development through a range of age appropriate activities, helping children to grow in
confidence and to build self-esteem. We aim to work in partnership with parents recognising
that you are the first educators of your child. We aim to provide the highest standard of
childcare where each individual child achieves the greatest level of personal development that
he/she is capable of. We create a caring, safe and stimulating environment where each child
will develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. This, together with the many skills
they will acquire during the time in pre-school will mean that the transition to school will be as
effortless as possible. They will also have a familiar and varied routine, enabling them to cope
more readily with the school day. This will be achieved through quality experiences in an
attractive environment by qualified and committed staff.
The Playgroup consists of a large, bright playroom which has resources covering the
curriculum and progression throughout the year. There is a “quiet room” for story time and
song time. We have access to all the facilities in the school and the use of the outdoor
playground which has a wide range of suitable outdoor equipment.
Opening Times
Monday – Friday
8.55am – 12.15pm
Monday – Thursday 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Morning Session
Friday 2.45pm Finish Afternoon Session
Staffing
The present leader is qualified to NVQ Level 3. There will be a ratio of at least 1:8 by
assistants who are also trained to NVQ Level 3 and have considerable pre-school experience.
Curriculum
We have a monthly theme-based curriculum which is based on the six areas of learning from
the Curriculum Guidance for Pre-School Expansion which are:

Personal .Social and Emotional Development.
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Language Development
Mathematical Experiences
The World around Us
Physical Development
Creative Development
To support the staff, we receive advice and guidance from an early years specialist, social
services and a very active management committee. We are inspected by the Education
Training Inspectorate.
Special Needs
We welcome all children into our setting regardless of special need, religion or class. We will
work with parents, carers and outside agencies to meet the needs of each child.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
We allocate places under the following criteria:
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year.
2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)
Children who have attended Springfield Primary School Playgroup the previous year.
Children who have had brothers or sisters at this playgroup.
Children on the waiting list in order of chronological age.
Children in alphabetical order.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Springfield
Playgroup that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015. The school will contact you in
writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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SPRINGHILL PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
SPRINGHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
247 BALLYGOMARTIN ROAD
BELFAST
BT13 3NH
Telephone Number: 028 90391987
Playgroup Leader - Sandra Paul
Hours of opening
The Playgroup operates 5 days a week from September to June
 Monday – Friday 9:00 – 1:00
The ethos of our Playgroup is ‘Valuing every child ‘
Springhill Playgroup is situated in Springhill Primary School, Ballygomartin Road. There are
two adjoining classrooms, fully equipped with a wide range of activities to stimulate and
encourage all children to achieve their full potential. We pride ourselves the strong links
between the School and the Playgroup.
The Playgroup is Social Services approved and Early Years Organisation affiliated, with
registration allowing 24 children. We are also inspected by ETI (Education and Training
Inspectorate). The Playgroup received a grade of ‘very good’ in a recent ETI Inspection.
Curriculum
Springhill Playgroup has developed a theme based Curriculum which is based on the six
areas of learning from the Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education. Our Curriculum is
carefully planned to meet each Childs individual needs. Our work with the children will support
their development in the six areas of learning.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Language Development

The Arts

Early Mathematical Development

Physical development

The World around us
Staff
The staff consists of a Leader, Deputy Leader and one Assistant all qualified to NVQ Level 3
and above. The staff to child ratio is 1:8. Our friendly and professional staff are currently
upgrading their skills through training and are all committed to ensuring that all of our children
learn and develop to the best of their ability. All staff have undergone Police and Health
checks as laid down under the Children’s NI Order (1995).
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Special Educational Needs
We welcome children with Special needs and will work closely with parents and external
agencies to meet the needs of each individual child within the setting. Staff are currently
involved in the project with The Early Years Inclusion Team to enhance their skills and
knowledge with Special Educational Needs and provide an inclusive environment. A monthly
charge of £10 is levied to cover snack, cookery activities etc
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
As there are a limited number of free places available, the setting will apply the under noted
admissions criteria;
1 Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate pre-school
year;
2 Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a Children who have Springhill Playgroup as first preference
b Children who have had siblings who previously attended the playgroup
c Children of child-care workers employed by Springhill Playgroup
d Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age. Eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Springhill
Playgroup that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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STEPPING STONES PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
722 ANTRIM ROAD
BELFAST
BT36 7GP
Telephone No: 07526481688
Playgroup Leader: Tracey McNeill
Curriculum
Stepping Stones has developed a theme – based curriculum which is derived from “Northern Ireland
Guidance for Pre-School Education.” The curriculum aims to provide a wide range of appropriate
activities to promote each area of development, including a wide range of appropriate activities to
promote each area of development, including:
Personal, social and emotional development

Physical development and movement

The Arts

Language development

Early mathematical development

The World Around Us
The programme of activities is regularly reviewed to meet the individual needs of each child. Staff
engage in professional development courses regularly to further their expertise.
Aims of the Playgroup

To provide a safe and stimulating environment to meet the needs of each individual child.

To provide a happy and relaxed atmosphere with good relationships between staff, children and
parents.
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To promote development in all areas through a broad and balanced range of activities, which
will enable children to reach their full potential. To create such communication that will help and
support parents in the development of their child.
Dates and Times of Opening
The playgroup operates five days a week from September to June.
Monday - Friday
9:15am – 1:15pm
A monthly charge of £12.50 is levied to cover snacks, cookery activities and visitors to the group.
Special Needs
It is the policy of the playgroup to admit children with special needs providing:

The number of children with special needs may be catered for by staff, bearing in mind the
needs of other children.
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Professional advice is sought to enable staff to meet all the child’s requirements before he/she
comes to group.
Staff will work closely with parents and other professionals to ensure that all the needs of a child with
Special needs will be met.
Staff
We have three full-time members of staff and one student:
Supervisor
NVQ level 3 Childcare and Education, ILM level 3 First Line
Leadership
Assistant 1
NVQ level 3 Childcare and Education
Assistant 2
NVQ level 3 Childcare and Education
Management and
The playgroup also uses the Early Years Organisation for Young Children.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
As there is a limited number of free places available the following criteria will apply:
1
2
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate pre-school year;
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
1
2
3
4
5
6
Children who have listed Stepping Stones as their first preference
Children who currently attend the playgroup
Children who already have or previously had a brother or sister attending the group
Children whose mother/father attended the group
Children who have a parent/carer employed by the group
Children whose parent/guardian’s homes are closest to the nursey as measured by a straight line
on an Ordanance Survey Map from the front door of the child’s home to the front door of the
nursery.
An open day will be held in December. For more information contact Tracey McNeill on
07526481688 or 02890 775007.
Waiting List Policy
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014, all applications for admission to Stepping Stones
that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information
has been provided will be treated equally and the publicized criteria applied.This waiting list will be in
place until 30 June 2015.
The setting will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the setting by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the setting if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
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SUNSHINE PLAYGROUP
CURRIE PRIMARY SCHOOL
111-113 LIMESTONE ROAD
BELFAST
BT15 3AB
Telephone No: 02890 747982
Acting Principal: Mrs A Galway
Leader in Charge: Mrs L Stewart
Opening Times
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 1.30pm
General Information
The Sunshine Playgroup has an excellent facility, fully equipped with a wide range of activities
to stimulate and encourage children to develop fully according to their individual needs. The
central hall and library are timetabled for playgroup use during the week. A new outdoor play
area provides many opportunities to enhance play outdoors. The staff are very caring and
dedicated and there is a strong link between the school and playgroup. The curriculum will be
developed in accordance with the Dept. of Education guidelines and covers the following:
personal, social and emotional development, physical development, the arts, language
development, early mathematical education, the world around us.
Our playgroup provides opportunities for all children regardless of disability or learning
difficulties, to enable them to progress at his/her own rate in all areas of the curriculum.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
The criteria will be applied in allocating places as follows:
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year.
2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
In the event of over subscription priority will be given to children
Sub-Criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a
where brother/sister is currently or was formerly a pupil at Currie Primary School.
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b
whose parent/guardian is a former pupil of Currie Primary School. (Name and date of
attendance).
c
where parent/guardian is in permanent employment at Currie Primary School.
d
children who in the opinion of the Board of Governors have special circumstances,
considered in the following order:
i A child who has one or both parents deceased
ii A child whose parent has a serious long term illness (medical evidence required)
iii Children who are twins (or other multiple births)
e
children who live in the immediate area of the school. Priority will be given those who live
the shortest walking distance door to door as measured on an Ordnance Survey Map.
f
Other children in their immediate pre-school year on the basis of age (eldest first).
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Sunshine
Playgroup that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications
where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria
applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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T.L.C NURSERY
152 CAVEHILL ROAD
BELFAST
BT15 5EX
Telephone No: 028 9028 2249
Playgroup Leader: Christine Singh/Colette Loughran
Curriculum
We have a monthly theme based curriculum which is based on the six areas of learning from the
curriculum guidance for pre-school education.
Opening times
The pre-school will operate Monday-Friday: 9.00-11.30am funded
11.30-12.30pm supplement charge only if parent wishes
to avail of this extra hour
Charges
A monthly charge if £10 is levied to cover snacks, cookery activities and visitors to the group.
Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income
Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support has been
‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security Agency has confirmed
that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should continue to be treated as being in
‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
We allocate places under the following criteria;
1
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially
disadvantaged circumstances*.
2
Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
In the event of the school being over-subscribed within any of the above criteria the following subcriteria will be applied.
Sub-criteria
(a) Children attending this playgroup
(b) Children in alphabetical order by their surname as listed in the Belfast phone book.
Waiting List
Should a vacancy arise after 30 May 2014 all applications for admission in 2014 that were initially
refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided
will be treated equally and the above criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until 30 June
2015. We will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the setting by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the setting if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only
take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should
therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions
criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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THE 174 TRUST PRE-SCHOOL
DUNCAIRN AVENUE
BELFAST
BT14 6BP
Telephone No: 028 9074 7114
Fax No: 0289074 9299
Playgroup Leader: Evelyn McCarthy
Curriculum
Our topic-based curriculum has been carefully planned and is reviewed to ensure all children
have access to a wide range of stimulating play activities. We aim to offer activities which
promote learning in the six areas of development outlined within the “Curriculum Guidance for
Pre-School Education”

Personal, social and emotional development

Physical development

The Arts

Language development

Early mathematical development

The World Around Us
Opening Times
The Playgroup operates Monday - Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm term time
Staffing Numbers and Qualifications
(1)
(2)
(3)
Playgroup Co-ordinator - BTEC National Certificate in Childhood Studies and
Highscope CTC Training
Deputy Leader
- NVQ 3 in Childhood Studies.
Playgroup Assistant
- BTEC National Certificate in Childhood Studies
Special Needs
The 174 Trust Playgroup welcomes children with special needs providing the number of
children with special needs may be catered for by staff, bearing in mind the needs of other
children.
The interest of children with special needs into the group will be carefully planned and staff will
work with professionals to devise individual educational plans if necessary. Every effort will
also be made to integrate children with physical disabilities into the playgroup.
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Admissions Criteria
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
We will allocate places using the following criteria;
1
2
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year;
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-Criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a
b
c
Special factors ie. medical or social services.
A brother/sister who has attended the Playgroup.
Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age – Eldest first.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to The 174
Trust that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This
waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors
will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.
Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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WEE CARE DAY NURSERIES
8 KINGS ROAD
BELFAST
BT5 6JJ
Telephone Number: 02890582002
Pre-School Leader: Hannah Chapman
Email: [email protected]
Weecare Pre-School is located within a purpose built unit on the Kings Road. The Wee Care group
has been established for over 25 years. Currently we offer a Pre-School programme from 9am to
11.30am. During this time play sessions are provided in order to stimulate and encourage the
children’s growth and development in all areas of the curriculum.
Aims:
Here at Wee Care we strive to provide the best possible pre-school education programme for our
children. A mix of highly trained, enthusiastic staff and age appropriate, curriculum based activities
helps us to meet the educational, personal, social and emotional needs of the children in our care.
We aim to create an environment where the children’s development is paramount. We aim to work
alongside parents in all that we do and highly encourage their involvement at each level. Creating a
well-structured, planned environment enables the children’s development to flourish in a setting where
they feel safe, valued and cared for.
All places will be offered on a part time basis in a morning session from 9am-11.30am. However
nursery care is provided on a daily basis Monday- Friday 7.30am- 6pm. (Normal fees will be applied for
remaining hours)
The Pre-school is run by a pre-school leader who has been with Wee Care for 13 years and is
currently studying a degree in Early Childhood Education. There are two pre- School assistants, one
qualified with a degree in Early Years Education and another who has achieved her level 3 ccld
qualifications. All staff have been in the Pre-School room for a length of time and work 35-40 hours
each week. Child ratio is at least 1:8.
Management at Wee Care are highly dedicated to ensuring all legal requirements of the Pre-School
are adhered to at all times. As a team they are very supportive of staff and parents involved in the
setting.
Admissions Criteria:
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt of
Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income Support
has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social Security
Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent should
continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
In the event of oversubscription places will be offered on the following basis:
1. Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances*, in their immediate Pre-School
year.
2. Other children in their immediate pre-School year.
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Sub-Criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a Children who have listed Wee Care as their first preference
b Children who currently attend Wee Care
c Children who already have or previously had a brother or sister attending Wee Care
d Children who have a parent/carer employed by Wee Care
e Children whose parent/guardian’s homes are closest to the nursery as measured by a
straight line on an Ordnance Survey Map from the front door of the child’s home to the
front door of the nursery.
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Wee Care
that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This
waiting list will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The setting will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in Wee Care Pre-School by
this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the setting if you wish
for your child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Nursery will only take
into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents
should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the
Nursery’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
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WISHING WELL FAMILY CENTRE
7- 9 ALLIANCE CRESCENT
BELFAST
BT14 7PL
Telephone No: 02890 740454
Fax No: 02890 740454
Playgroup Leader: Muriel Dalzell
Hours of Opening
Monday – Friday 9.00am – 12noon (September – June)
Wishing Well Family Centre is a locally based integrated, community organisation that offers
support to families, responding in a caring and open way to social, educational, economic and
environmental needs within our community.
The Curriculum
The Wishing Well Family Centre provides a wide range of activities for the pre-school group
following the Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education. Our Pre-School Curriculum aims
to provide appropriate activities promoting each of the following areas:1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
2. Mathematics
3. Knowledge and Understanding of the World
4. Creative Development
5. Communication, Language and Literacy
6. Physical Development
We encourage children to explore all areas and develop and recreate learning experiences
that help them to make sense of the world. Our staff support the children in practising and
building up ideas, concepts and skills. This is reviewed and amended on a regular basis to
ensure each child’s individual needs are being met.
Staffing
There are three members of staff and one trainee, the leader and deputy leader both holding
an NVQ Level 3. All staff are fully vetted and are constantly up-dating their training.
Special Educational Needs Policy and Provision
At Wishing Well Family Centre we aim to promote an inclusive environment where all the
children, whatever their needs, can learn and develop in a happy, caring and educational
environment. If the educational and/or developmental progress of a child is causing concern
we would first discuss this with the parent. This concern may arise through general
observations or through our progressive play system.
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With the consent and assistance from the parents we would liaise with the parents, the Centre
Manager, the Early Years Manager and other professionals involved with the child. We would
with parental consent, monitor the child closely and keep up-to-date, accurate records.
Admissions Criteria
The admissions criteria is intended to enable the Wishing Well Pre-school Nursery to make
objective decisions about which children to admit to the nursery if more applications are
received than places available.
*A child from socially disadvantaged circumstances means a child whose parent is in receipt
of Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; where an award of Income
Support has been ‘converted’ into an Employment and Support Allowance and the Social
Security Agency has confirmed that the level of benefit remains the same then the parent
should continue to be treated as being in ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’.
Children should be admitted to places in the following order:
1
Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances* who are in their immediate preschool year;
2
Other children in their immediate pre-school year.
Sub-criteria
If applications meeting the statutory criteria exceed the number of funded places available, the
following sub-criteria will be applied in the order set down:
a
b
c
d
e
f
Children who are currently enrolled in Wishing Well
Whether a brother or sister is attending the setting
Whether a brother or sister has attended the setting
Children who have a parent/guardian employed by Wishing Well
Children who have previously attended Wishing Well
Any remaining places will be allocated in order of age – Eldest first.
Waiting List
Should a vacancy arise after Friday 30 May 2014 all applications for admission to Wishing Well Family
Centre that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new
information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list
will be in place until 30 June 2015.
The setting will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in by this method.
Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the setting if you wish for your
child’s name to be removed from the list.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Management will only take into
account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore
ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to our admissions criteria is stated on
the application form or attached to it.
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