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As a parent you want the very best for your child.  Choosing your child’s pre-school provision is the first important decision you will make about their educational future. By choosing Ravenscroft Nursery you will provide your child with an excellent start to their life in education.  We are a happy, supportive, stimulating, caring school where your child will flourish and grow.

In an ETI inspection in April 2010, it was reported that

 “ the quality of education and pastoral care provided by this nursery school is outstanding!”

What is nursery education?…

Nursery education is found in nursery schools or nursery units attached to primary schools.  Children aged 3-4 years attend daily. There is no daily charge, all places are free places. There is a nominal weekly charge for food and trips. Lunch is also provided and at present costs £2.40 per day, unless you are entitled to free school meals. Nursery education premises are purpose built and staffed by qualified teachers and qualified nursery assistants.  Ravenscroft got a fabulous, brand new nursery school in September 2009.  It is a state of the art school which is exceptionally well resourced. It has an extensive outdoor play area.


Why choose nursery education?


Nursery education offers children the best possible start to their educational life.  Recent research demonstrates that children receiving quality nursery education are being provided with a head start to life long learning.  In nursery schools/units teachers and nursery assistants provide a carefully planned and structured learning environment.


What does quality nursery education mean?

  • Specialist staff (qualified teachers and nursery assistants)
  • Purpose built premises and resources geared to the learning needs of young children, both inside and outdoors
  • A distinctive early childhood curriculum, based on the Department of Education guidance
  • Identification of individual strengths and any additional needs
  • Partnership with parents




What will your child learn at nursery school?


  • How to develop good relationships with other children and adults
  • Develop confidence, independence and self-discipline
  • Use their own initiative
  • Play alone or as part of a group
  • Respect others and acquire social skills
  • Experience success and enjoy the consequent satisfaction of achievement
  • Develop at their own rate through challenging progressive play
  • Express themselves and be creative through the exploration of a wide variety of materials and equipment
  • Experience the pleasure of books, stories, poetry, drama, song, movement and music
  • Experience the wonder of science and the natural world
  • The transition to Primary One will be eased due to close links with the local Primary Schools
  • Have FUN – children who are not happy will not learn effectively.


Parental involvement


At Ravenscroft Nursery School we aim to involve parents in their child’s education through close links between home and school. We recognise the importance of you, the parent, as your child’s first educator. Your opinions and views are welcomed and respected in our school and we have an open door policy to ensure you have maximum involvement in your child’s education.  Our nursery will become part of your child’s family life. 


Like you, we consider your child’s wellbeing and happiness to be our top priority.  Our staff is always available for guidance, support and information.


Contact us on

02890 471684

if you require any information or wish to arrange a visit.


We would be delighted to answer any queries.




Principal: Mrs N Symington








BT5 5BA Enrolment No: 52 Full-time

Telephone No: 028 9047 1684 places




Principal: Mrs Nuala Symington B.Ed Hons, ACE, PQH (NI)

Chair of Board of Governors: Mr Edward Wilson


Respective Functions

The Board of Governors has drawn up the selection criteria which will be applied at first preference stage by a Selection Sub–Committee consisting of the Principal and three Governors subject to the final approval of the Board of Governors. At second and later preference stages, the Principal and Chair of Governors will apply the admissions criteria subject to the final approval of the Board of Governors.


The Board of Governors has determined that in the event of there being more applicants than places available, the following Criteria in order of the priority set down will be applied, to select children for admission.

Please note that children who are resident in Northern Ireland will be considered for places prior to those children who are non-resident in Northern Ireland.




Priority will be given to those applicants that place Ravenscroft Nursery School as their first preference.


Statutory Criteria


1 Children born between 2 July 2014 and 1 July 2015 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are from socially disadvantaged circumstances *.


2 Children born between 2 July 2014 and 1 July 2015.


*Note. ‘’Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances’’ means a child whose parent is in receipt of Income Support or Income based Job Seekers Allowance or an award of Income Support which has been converted into an Employment and Support Allowance and the level of benefit remains the same. When parents apply for places for their child on this basis they must have their application forms stamped by the Social Security Agency to confirm that they are in receipt of a qualifying payment.




In the event of the school being over-subscribed within any of the above the following sub-criteria will be applied in the following order:


  1. Children whose parent/grandparent is a permanent member of staff/member of the school’s Governing Body.
  2. Child whose sibling/half sibling currently attends or previously attended Ravenscroft Nursery School (name and date of attendance must be supplied on application form) or Children who are the eldest/only child in the family.
  3. Twin or multiple births.
  4. Other children


In the event of over subscription in the last sub-criterion which can be applied then selection for all places remaining in this category will be on the basis of 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, then The Board of Governors will fill the place by selecting on the basis of the initial letter of the surname as per the birth certificate as set out in the random alphabetical order below:


G I J E L M H A F C K B D Mc Mac U V R N S W X Y Q O T P Z


The order was determined by a randomised 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 initials of the forenames as per the birth certificate will be used. In the event of forenames beginning with the same letter, the subsequent letters of the forenames will be used in alphabetical order.


In the event of vacancies remaining after the above criteria have been applied, the following criterion will be applied to other applicants.


Non Statutory Criteria


3 Children born between 2 July 2015 and 1 July 2016, on the basis of age i.e. eldest first. In the event of two children sharing a date of birth, then the place will be allocated on the basis of the initial letter of the surname as per the birth certificate as set out in the random alphabetical order above.


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.


Waiting list

Should a vacancy arise after Friday 3rd June 2018, all applications for admission to Ravenscroft Nursery for 2018/19 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 the end of June 2019.


The school will initially contact you by phone then 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.