Brefne Integrated Nursery is a controlled integrated nursery school, situated on Salisbury Avenue, Belfast. The nursery school operates a full-time class of 26 pupils. We occupy part of a larger building which was orginally built as a primary school and is now divided between Brefne Nursery School and the Women's Tec. The entrance to the nursery school is off Salisbury Avenue.
Our nursery school offers a warm, bright, welcoming, child friendly and child focused space, which has a comprehensive and stimulating range of resources and equipement. Our nursery consists of one large open classroom with access to the cloakroom area, toilets, queit room and a multi-purpose hall. Outdoors there are two play areas - our main play area has a soft surfaces and access to climbing equipement, play houses, planting areas and a large sand pit. Our second play area offers children a larger space to explore the use of wheeled vehicles.
The grounds of Brefne Integrated Nursery School also provides grassed areas allowing the children to develop their exploration of the natural world around them, through the use of mud kitchens, bug hotels, forest areas, building with natural materials and woodland sitting areas.
Our staff comprises of a teaching principal and one nursery assistant. In addition our lunchtime supervisor and building supervisor complete the team. Our staff are extremely passionate about the education and emotional well-being of the children who attend Brefne Integrated Nursery School. They are committed to the preschool curriculum and are highly qualified and experienced practioners who constantly update their knowledge and skills through courses and training.
We believe in the importance of play and natural exploration. We believe it is an integral part of a child's Early Years Foundation Stage and supports the beginning of each child's educational journey.
Through play children develop, amoung many other areas, language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. For most children play is natural and for those who need a little encouragement the staff at Brefne Nursery School are there to help. During play children practise amd develop new skills and ideas, they take risks, show imagination and solve problems. We provide time, space and resources to encourage this. We observe play and join in when invited, watching and listening before intervening. We value play and provide a safe but challenging environment helping to support and extend learning and development.