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O’Dowd approves part-time nursery unit at Ballymagee Primary School, Bangor

Education Minister, John ODowd, has approved the establishment of a 26 place part-time nursery unit at Ballymagee Primary School, Bangor.
Friday, 18 January 2013

Commenting on his decision, the Minister said: “The establishment of this new facility will be welcome news. I am satisfied that there is a clearly demonstrated need to create more pre-school places for the benefit of the children in the area.

“It is well-established that high quality pre-school education has a positive impact on children’s educational outcomes. To this end, a key Programme for Government target for my Department is to provide a place in their immediate pre-school year for all children whose parents wish it. This increased provision at Ballymagee will help achieve this aim in Bangor.”

Notes to editors:

  1. On 4 December 2012 the Minister outlined the future direction for early years education and learning in the document ‘Learning to Learn: A Framework for Early Years Education and Learning’. The framework is currently out for focused consultation and can be accessed on the DE website.
  2. The South Eastern Education and Library Board (SEELB) published Development Proposal No 232 on 13 November 2012, proposing that a single nursery unit should be provided at Ballymagee Primary School with effect from 31 August 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter. The statutory two-month consultation period ended on 13 January 2013. It is intended that the nursery unit would offer 26 part-time places.
  3. The Department of Education has launched a new ‘Education Works’ advertising campaign. The campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to ‘Get Involved Because Education Works’. Watch out for the ads on television, radio and outdoor locations. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit nidirect website for more information or watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel.
  4. View photos from the Department of Education in our Flickr collection.
  5. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team on Tel: 028 9127 9701. Out of office hours, contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 99 715 440, and your call will be returned.