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St Colmcille's Nursery School, Downpatrick Co. Down

Starting School


Starting Dates and Times

All parents have been posted out specific start dates/ times and the name of their child's class teacher. This information is very important; please make sure you read all the relevant documents.

Confidential Forms

Please send these forms back to school asap,  in the stamped-addressed envelope provided.

Free School Meal Applications

If you are entitled to Free School Meals, you must log on to

Fill out an online application. If your application is late, it may not be processed in time for the start of school dinners.

Toilet Training

We would expect the children to be fully toilet-trained by the time they start Nursery School.

School Uniform

 School uniform is: a purple sweatshirt with our school logo

                                  white polo shirt

                                  Navy/ black leggings or tracksuit bottoms

All shoes/trainers must have Velcro fastenings NOT laces. 

Sweatshirts can be bought directly from school, priced £15 each. 

Snack Money

We ask all parents to contribute towards the children's daily healthy snack. This will initially be priced at £1.50 but will increase to £3 per week from October. Please make sure this is sent in, alongside dinner money, on a Monday morning. 

Settling in period

Our aim is to make our new children feel happy, safe and secure in their new school. We want to achieve this as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Children will start school at different times throughout September, initially for a short period, and then increasing their times as they grow more confident. 

The children will stay for an hour a day for their first week, and then this will be increased throughout the month, depending on how each child is feeling. We want to make this a very positive experience for both you and you child, and hope that they settle in quickly.