More children will experience integrated nursery education after the Department of Education approved an increase of 26 additional nursery places at Mill Strand Integrated Primary School in Portrush. The additional nursery places will be available in September this year, replacing voluntary playgroup provision at the school site and supplementing the 26 existing nursery places.
Approving the proposal, DE Permanent Secretary Derek Baker said,
“The school is clearly popular, viable in all respects and providing good-quality education. Its nursery unit has consistently been oversubscribed in recent years… it is also clear that there is strong evidence of parental demand for pre-school provision of this management type.”
The school had operated a voluntary playgroup for four years to ensure that no-one was denied a place in the area’s only integrated pre-school setting. The IEF is proud to have supported this provision alongside the trustees of Mill Strand IPS and we are delighted that the school’s commitment to meeting parental demand for integration can now be continued with government support for nursery places.
The existing nursery at Mill Strand IPS was established in 1987 when the school opened. The school was granted permission to double its enrolment from September 2018 and is awaiting a new build funded with Fresh Start Agreement money.
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