Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Minister Ruane approves new school nursery classes

Education Minister Caitriona Ruane has approved the setting up of a new nursery class at St Francis’ Primary School, Lurgan.

The unit will replace the existing reception class at the school and will provide 26 full-time places for children in their immediate pre-school year.

The minister said: “I am committed to improving the quality of pre-school education provision for children in the north.

“Attendance at nursery school is an enriching experience which helps children build vital interpersonal skills and gives them confidence before they progress into primary school.

“This new unit at St Francis’ Primary School will make a strong contribution to the level of provision in Lurgan, providing an excellent stepping stone for children as they begin their educational journeys.”

Meanwhile, the minister has also approved the establishment of an additional nursery class at St Patrick’s Primary School in Dungannon.

The school currently provides 52 nursery places and the new class will provide an additional 26 places for children in their immediate pre-school year.

The new provision will help cater for the increasing demand for pre-school places in the Dungannon area.

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