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St. Teresa's Nursery School, Belfast


St Teresa’s Nursery School is a Catholic Maintained Coeducational Nursery School.  We are proud to be the first nursery in the North of Ireland to be awarded the 'Gold' Rights Respecting School Award.   Children's rights form the cornerstone of our vision, values and aims.  Please click 'read more' for more information.

We welcome children and staff from other faith denominations. During the school year 2022-23, the intake of the school will be 57. All pupils will be in their pre-primary year. Opened in 1994, St. Teresa’s Nursery School, affectionally known as ‘The Butterfly School’, is a purpose built nursery, traditionally catering for the needs of pre-school children in the parish of St. Teresa’s. Our aim is to provide high quality nursery education in a just and caring environment.

Parents and carers are a child’s first teachers. When a child comes to school, they brings with them an array of different experiences. It is on these experiences, which we build. This can best be done by parents, adults and teachers working together in partnership both at home and school. St. Teresa's Nursery is part of West Belfast Area Learning Community and we are fostering links with both our feeder childcare settings and local Primary and Special schools.  St. Teresa's Nursery has partnered in the past with Shaftesbury Nursery in the Shankhill through Shared Education and, Bornehuset Labyrinten’ in Denmark as part of an eTwinning project focused on ICT in Early Years. We hope to commence a new Shared Education Partnership in September 2022.  All of these partnerships allow the children to experience a depth and quality to their learning experiences.

In St. Teresa's we have a strong focus on meeting the individual needs of the child.  We observe children's patterns of behaviour (schema's) and plan activities accordingly to maximise children's involvement in their play, enabling them to 'be the best that they can be'.  Staff are highly skilled in meeting children's language and communication needs. We have held 'Makaton Friendly' status since 2016, and now have 'Silver Makaton Friendly Award'.  We are passionate about Outdoor Learning and are members of the Northern Ireland Forest Schools Association (NIFSA).  We have been awarded Eco School's Green Flag six times and have been awarded bronze, silver and gold awards from the Woodland Trust 'Green Tree" awards.  We have been a Fair Trade Aware school since 2016 and support Trocaire, Action Cancer and McMillan Cancer as our chosen charities. 

Vision - STNS

  • Support – the unique potential of every individual​​
  • Thrive – within an inclusive, diverse and supportive learning environment​
  • Nurture – secure, resilient, creative and emotionally  intelligent individuals​
  • Succeed – through high quality education and real world experiences


Child Centred

Supportive and Caring

Rights Respecting


Forward thinking​


Friendly and Welcoming ​

Partnership with Parents​

High Quality Teaching & Learning ​


Collaboration ​



Nurturing ​


Aims - Our shared vision is achieved by:

  • Promoting positive partnerships with parents, local schools, external agencies and in the local community. ​
  • Fostering an environment where all stakeholders feel valued, supported and listened to within our Butterfly Family. ​
  • Planning effectively to meet each member at their current point of need; recognising their strengths, and enable them to build on their skills and success – this includes all stakeholders.​
  • Providing a curriculum that builds on strengths/areas of interest and develops skills through exciting and meaningful learning experiences . ​
  • Promoting positive behaviours through encouragement, positive experiences and specialised strategies.​
  • Valuing the voice of the child and ensuring their rights and responsibilities are respected and promoted.

Latest News

11th Jan 2023
School will reopen tomorrow- thank you for your support and understanding 
6th Jan 2023
Unfortunately, as you may know, levels of Covid in our community are rising. Today,...
22nd Dec 2022
On behalf of Mrs Evans, governors and staff, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas...
8th Dec 2022
Due to the high levels of absence and illness at present, we have decided to postpone...
14th Oct 2022
St. Teresa of Avila, like Jesus used stories to help us understand more about God She...
26th Aug 2022
We are delighted to announce that we have been able to create a third class this...
9th Dec 2022
Please see Dinner Menu for next 4 weeks
9th Dec 2022
3+ Health Review Forms have been issued today.  Please return to nursery before...


Upcoming Events...

Friday, 27th January 2023
Thank you God for Grandparents (1.15)
Monday, 30th January 2023
School Trip: Roar and Explore - Butterfly Class (9.30 )
Tuesday, 31st January 2023
Roar and Explore - Blue and Red Classes (9.30)
Tuesday, 7th February 2023
Safer Internet Day


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