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St Colmcille's Nursery School, Downpatrick Co. Down

Remote Learning

When our Nursery School was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the children were able to keep on learning and working from home. We sent Work at Home packs with resources and activities for parents and carers to do with their children. Learning ideas were shared by staff online. 

Should the Nursery School have to close, or children/groups of children have to learn from home we have remote learning set up and ready to go.     

If you have any difficulties with remote learning please contact us at the school by  

Alongside school-based ideas and support, Family Support NI have launched a new, improved, brighter and better website, which can be viewed at

Have a look at the website for lots of ideas and activities for you and your child to do together.

Mr Hullabaloo has a Facebook page which is excellent and covers lots of interesting and fun topics

Ways to Help Your Child at Home

Maths activities to do at home

  • Count out the chips, sausages or carrots etc. as you serve them for dinner and you’ll reinforce his/her counting skills.
  • Cutting pizza or cake into eight slices gives your child a lesson in fractions—especially if you ask him to tell you how much pizza is left after you serve two slices.
  • Get your child to help sort out the washing: How many towels are there? Can you match the socks by colour?
  • Use a calendar and count the days until a birthday or a special holiday
  • Play simple board games where your child moves from one place to the next.
  • Use a dice to play a game and name the numbers
  • Let your child measure ingredients for a simple recipe
  • Look for shapes in the environment - road signs, windows, a clock, etc.

Help your child learn through their play by:

  • Giving your child space to play - don't fill their day with busy things.
  • Listening to your child and talking about their interests.
  • Playing with your child - encourage turn taking and don't always let your child win!
  • Setting clear boundaries and maintain them consistently - Value your child's opinion.
  • Ensure your child has regular playtime outside - enjoying space, climbing, cycling, throwing, catching, etc.
  • Creating a balance of play experiences where your child plays alone, with other children and adults.
  • Encouraging and helping your child to finish things - celebrate achievements
  • Telling your child you love them!
  • Seeing the world through your child's eyes!

Have a Good Bedtime Routine:

  • have a bath, then put on night clothes
  • have supper or a milky drink
  • brush teeth
  • go to bed 
  • share a bedtime story
  • have a goodnight kiss and a cuddle


Look at the Bitmoji Classroom for links and activities to do with your child.