Making life easier

Making life easier

Here at Ballymena Nursery School, we always emphasise that we work in partnership with parents. We sometimes need your helping hands with extra activities or charity fundraisers, but we also want to do our best to help you.

For this reason, we hope that this post will provide you with lots of useful links to other websites that we might use or mention to you throughout your child’s year at Nursery.

www.tapestry.info – Our new online learning journal

www.eco-schoolsni.org – Eco Schools NI

www.nidirect.gov/greener-schools – Eco Schools NI, how can parents help…

www.kickscount.org.uk – Otherwise known as “count the kicks”, one of the charities which we support through school

www.gettingreadytolearn.co.uk – Parents’ support sessions provided here at Nursery

www.familysupportni.gov.uk – This site provides details of a wide range of services provided by statutory, voluntary and community organisations to support families. We suggest if your need support for your family, in dealing with children between 0-18 years old, follow the link to EISS, Early Intervention Support Services

www.early-years.org/parents – Early Years promotes high quality childcare for children aged 0 – 12 and their families

www.employerforchildcare.org – Free, impartial advice to parents to help them ensure they are accessing all the support they are entitled to

www.niacro.co.uk/early-intervention-support-service-eiss – There to support families when difficulties arise, before they need involvement with statutory services

www.ci-ni.org.uk – A range of services available for parents, including ParentLine NI. They have provided a short video about their service here 

www.safefood.eu

www.nidirect.gov.uk A-Z guide of illnesses and guidance about how to treat them

www.nhs.uk UK guidelines regarding childhood illnesses and absences from school. HOWEVER, these guidelines are more suitable for older children who can follow common hygiene rules. At nursery, while staff do their best to take care of the children there are runny noses all year long, hands go unwashed, toys go in mouths etc… While the NHS may suggest your child is well enough for school, please be considerate of staff and other pupils – many conditions (listed below) are highly contagious and we would ask that pupils are therefore kept at home until the condition passes. It is usually best if your child is unwell to keep them at home for 48 hours after their last period of illness, or 48 hours after they have started taking a prescribed antibiotic.

  • conjunctivitis
  • hand foot and mouth
  • head life and nits
  • impetigo 

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