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At Ballymena Nursery

We provide a rich and exciting
Play based curriculum

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Our greatest natural resource
is the minds of our children

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Where work and play come together

Our School

Ballymena Nursery School is a preschool setting in the centre of Ballymena, providing preschool education for 104 children per year. Each year we have 4 part-time classes, with 2 adults and 26 children in each class. Since being established in 1967, approximately 4000 pre-school children have enjoyed the benefits of pre-school education in Ballymena Nursery School. The Nursery was built on the grounds of the Adair Family estate in 1967, where the Adair Castle originally stood. While there have been many changes to the Nursery, we keep our historical castle theme in mind during our play. Please have a look at our online galleries to see around our Nursery, or feel free to contact us to make an appointment to look around.

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What is special about our Nursery School

Vision & Mission Statements

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    Our Mission

    We aim to enable children in a friendly and caring atmosphere and through stimulating play, to develop to their full potential in every aspect of growth

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    Our Vision

    Since 1967 Ballymena Nursery School has strived and will continue to strive to provide high quality pre-school learning opportunities for young children within a happy, caring and secure learning environment.

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    Our Ethos

    At Ballymena Nursery School, we pride ourselves in providing a warm, welcoming and safe environment which is respectful and supportive of everyone.

We operate a morning and afternoon session in each classroom

Our Classes

Our exclusive curricula, combined with our own digital lesson planning tool, enable teachers to create personalized learning experiences, appropriate to every age group.

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Your child is busy learning, approaching the world with curiosity and seeking a sense of belonging....

Enrollment: 26

Staff Ratio: 1:13

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Your child is busy learning, approaching the world with curiosity and seeking a sense of belonging....

Enrollment: 26

Staff Ratio: 1:13

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Your child is busy learning, approaching the world with curiosity and seeking a sense of belonging....

Enrollment: 26

Staff Ratio: 1:13

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Your child is busy learning, approaching the world with curiosity and seeking a sense of belonging....

Enrollment: 26

Staff Ratio: 1:13

4000+

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Children graduated since 1967

104

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Children enrolled per year

760

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Classroom sessions per year

4940

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Snacks per class per year

From the Blog

Latest News

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Getting Ready to Party

With the anniversary of our Nursery creeping closer the excitement is building. A huge thanks to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for funding towards our “Artist in the community... ...

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Our 50th Anniversary

On Friday 12th May 2017, Ballymena Nursery School celebrates turning 50! Nursery school will not have classes that day, however, we will be open from 3:00-7:00pm and all children and... ...

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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... ...

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Welcome back

Welcome back to nursery everyone! We have had a very good first week and most children have settled well. The children are beginning to pick up the nursery rules and... ...

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October focus for learning - Language and Literacy

Activities at home should be designed to help your child love language and literacy. Build your child’s confidence and encourage any attempts along the road to drawing, communicating, reading and... ...

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Outdoor play

Although the weather in Northern Ireland does not always support outdoor play, we do our best at Ballymena Nursery to get outside as often as possible! We are very lucky... ...

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Half-Term and Happy Times

Our first half-term is over and what fun it has been. After an unsettling year, we hope that your children all feel settled and secure at Ballymena Nursery. We have... ...

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November focus for learning - Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor development involves the use of small muscles in the hands and fingers, and is needed for everyday activities now and in the future. It is the ability to... ...

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Children in Need

On Friday everyone wore their spotty clothes and we had a teddy bears picnic in order to raise some funds for Pudsey bear and Children in Need. We had taken... ...

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Our Virtual Open Day

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you enjoy our virtual open day. ...

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Come Visit Us At Ballymena Nursery School

#### Please follow this link to [watch our virtual open day youtube video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQTTA6ErrwY&feature=youtu.be) *JUST KEEP SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE TO DISCOVER MORE!* IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT US PLEASE... ...

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Every School a Good School

Ballymena Nursery School has been awarded the title of “Every School a Good School” in recognition of our nursery having a high level of capacity for sustained improvement in the... ...

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Sharing from the Start

“The Sharing From The Start initiative which involves over 2400 children is supported by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. It involves early... ...