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At Ben Madigan, we gently stretch and inspire active little minds and bodies to take small, rewarding steps towards self-expression and independence, for a seamless transition to Preparatory education. We welcome pupils from the age of three.

The pre-school building is located close to the Downview Park West entrance with convenient drop-off points and parking for busy parents. Four bright, spacious classrooms have been purpose-designed with energetic little learners in mind. Two colourful, well-equipped practical areas are used for structured play. Our school community spirit blossoms in our Assembly Hall which is also used for P.E.

Prep classes 1 and 2 are also situated within this building, so our pre-school children enjoy the advantage of a seamless transition to primary classes, thanks to familiar surroundings. Our early morning breakfast club and after-school day care services similarly operate from this building.

Pre-School Life

Ben Madigan’s Pre-School curriculum provides structure yet allows each child to control his or her learning in a safe, stimulating, caring environment. Carefully planned by our experienced and highly qualified staff, we create a unique, thematic weekly programme based on Northern Ireland Early Years Guidelines. Differing skills, experience and needs are continually monitored and we fulfil and surpass the Northern Ireland Curriculum requirements.

Music, drama, P.E., cookery and crafts classes let creative talents soar. Pre-writing, reading and mathematical activities, including shape and colour recognition, are all absorbed effortlessly as children enjoy their day. Many friendships and life skills are formed as social little chatterboxes join their new friends for story-telling and sing-songs. A love of the great outdoors becomes second nature as they explore the seasons in our beautiful grounds with glowing cheeks and excited laughter.

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It’s an absolute joy to watch each child’s character take shape as ideas and play become a little more sophisticated. We take great pride in the confident young school children that emerge from the toddlers they were on day one, all ready and raring to face the challenges of Preparatory School!

Mrs Leah Kyle

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Pre-School Day

  • Pre School pupils attend between 8:50am and 2:30pm (there is the option for pupils to finish at 12:30pm if required).
  • The Pre-school class is open for pupils from 8:30am using the main entrance to the Pre-school Department.
  • From 8:30 – 8:50am pupils enjoy supervised play before beginning the school day.
  • Pupils also have the option to join the Breakfast Club from 8:00 – 8:30am and enjoy a nutritious breakfast.
  • School holidays are the same as the rest of Ben Madigan Prep School.
  • A fresh, healthy, nutritious meal is provided by our expert cook at lunch-time and individual dietary requirements can be catered for in our ’Ben Appetit’ cafeteria.
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Pre-School Fees

Pre-School fees are £6.75 per hour from 8:30am – 12:30pm.
Wraparound care is also available at an additional cost of £6.75 per hour, or part hour, from 12:30 – 5:30pm.

Breakfast Club

£3.75 per day from 8:00 – 8:30am and includes breakfast.

After-School Care

£6.75 per hour, or part hour, from 12:30 – 5:30pm

All childcare must be booked in advance.

Application for Pre-School

An application form for admission into Pre-School can be downloaded below. Please complete the form and email it to or print them off, complete and return them to the School Office.

Get in touch

Our office is open 9:00am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday