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St. Teresa's Nursery School, Belfast
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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 54. 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 schools.  St. Teresa's Nursery has partnered with including Shaftesbury Nursery in the Shankhill thorugh 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 22.  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

20th Jun 2022
Congratulations to Mrs. McIlroy, our Eco Schools Ambassador, who attended our Green...
20th Jun 2022
Looking forward to our Teddy Bears Picnic tomorrow - please remember to bring in...
17th Jun 2022
We are absolutely delighted to announce that we are the first nursery in the North...


Upcoming Events...

Thursday, 30th June 2022
School finishes for children 11.30am


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