Friday, 25 September 2015

New post with an old flavour!

Settling in Post from September 2013 is still relevant and worth reading today - please take a wee look!
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Our nursery gets a mention!!!

We had visitors on Friday 3rd October from Windmill nursery in Dungannon. Kierna Corr - nursery teacher and lover of outdoor education for preschool children wrote this post following their visit - AND our caretaker gets a mention too.

Please check it out and feel free to comment below!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Jump Jiggle Jive

Thursday 2nd  October 2014

What fun!
All the children, staff and many parents walked together to the Coleraine West community centre where we were met by Amanda who enticed us to Be Active and move together to music!

Moving to music

Feather dancing

There were lots of props and tunes to help us move in a large variety of ways and everyone enjoyed the day!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014


A very big word for a magical process.  We've spent the last few weeks observing our caterpillars closely and anticipating the day when they would emerge from their cocoons and become .....

Beautiful Butterflies!

We had lots of opportunities to talk about the changes that happen, how the butterfly moves, the colours, caring for them, feeding them and then watching as they flew away....
or sipped nectar from the flowers!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Visit to the Giants Causeway

Tuesday 13th May 2014
Fabulous weather!

Interested children!

Interested adults!

What a super combination for a great educational visit!

Wednesday, 30 April 2014


Transitions from home to nursery or from nursery to primary school can be challenging for some children.  When transitions work well they help children to develop confidence and acquire skills to manage future changes in their lives.  

In Kylemore Nursery School we want to provide support from the earliest stages in Education for Life.  Thanks to DSD Neighbourhood Renewal  funding we now have  an additional member of staff who supports families - especially during Transition.  Agnieszka, our Transition support worker, works with families in the nursery, who have worries about their children.  She also offers guidance and a 'listening ear' to families and children where English is not their first language. 

She supports language development every day with children in nursery.  She also works for part of the year  in St.John`s Primary School and Killowen Primary School.  Through simple games and songs she helps children to build their vocabulary, confidence and communication skills.   This term her role will also include liaising with families and children transferring from the 2 year old programme to our school in September.

Parental involvement in a child`s learning is extremely powerful, so Agnieszka organises workshops for parents and children.  Sharing learning experiences can be an important part of support, as families gain the skills and confidence to support their child’s learning at home through play and everyday activities.  

During the workshops in Kylemore parents have an opportunity to work with their child and also share ideas as they work.  They can also meet other families and share experiences.  The workshops are a great opportunity for parents and children to have some “me” time together.  Positive feedback about our workshops has been encouraging andthose parents who have come along have really enjoyed them.

There are a few more planned for this term so keep an eye out!!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Bug Hotel or Minibeast Mansion?

Our latest Eco-school project.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of Barry from Coleraine Borough Council and William one of our daddies, the bugs and minibeasts in the Heights area of Coleraine now have a new 5***** dwelling!

What makes a good bug hotel or minibeast mansion?

The best bug hotels have lots of small spaces in different shapes and sizes and made from different materials.  Ideally, some should be nice and dry inside, and others a bit dampish.  Bug hotels are generally made from reclaimed materials, or natural objects, which reduce cost, helps them blend with their surroundings and is probably more attractive to the mini-beast guests.

We began by gathering together wooden pallets, some bamboo canes, old straw and other bits and pieces.  Then we asked for some Mammies or Daddies to volunteer to come and help Barry and the children to build and drill holes in logs. 

...ready to start.

Willing volunteers!!

Real tools - real tasks

Securing the foundations.....

Push, poke, fill it up!