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Pre-School Admissions

Pre-School Admissions

Read all the information carefully

The following information is applicable to children who are in Primary 7 and who will be transferring to post primary school in September 2018. Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs have a separate transfer process, and queries on this should be addressed to the Special Education Department of the Education Authority.

Close of Admission Procedure

Stage 2 of the pre-school admissions procedure concluded on Friday 8 June 2018 with the issue of letters to notify parents of the outcome of their application.

For information - Stage 1 of the pre-school admissions procedure concluded on Thursday 26 April 2018.

Places Available

Places Available - This document includes funded pre-school places available for September 2018 at the close of Stage 2.

What do you need to do now?

This leaflet contains information on what to do if your child is placed, or has not been offered a place, along with guidance on what to do if you want to change pre-schools or have not applied for a funded pre-school place before now.
This parents' guide provides information on how the admissions procedure operates and how pre-schools select children. Each pre-school provider has a reference guide available for viewing for their local council area.
If you have not previously applied or have applied and have received no offer of a place and wish to be considered by one of the pre-school providers with funded places available, you should read the providers admission criteria, download and complete an application form and return it directly to the provider of your choice as soon as possible.

Please note some pre-schools operate on a 'first come, first served' basis when filling vacant places.  If you wish you may also contact any private or voluntary provider of your choice directly with regard to a fee paying place for your child.

School Search Criteria

Search for School Criteria

Use the search options to find pre-schools and their criteria information.  The Keywords search will search for school name or location.  Enter a postcode if you wish to do a mileage range search.

Search Results

  • click on a School name to view full schools details
  • click the School Criteria Document to view school admissions criteria  
  • click back button to return to search results

NOTE: if searching for the term 'Mary' type a space in front of it to avoid the total return of primary.


School NameEducation PhaseArea
A B C Day NurseryPre-school EducationNorth Eastern
Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar SchoolPost Primary SchoolSouthern
Abbey Community CollegePost Primary SchoolNorth Eastern
Abbey Primary School NewtownardsPrimary SchoolSouth Eastern
Abbey PS Nursery Unit NewtownardsPre-school EducationSouth Eastern
Abbots Cross Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern
Abercorn Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolSouthern
Academy Primary School SaintfieldPrimary SchoolSouth Eastern
Academy PS Nursery Unit SaintfieldPre-school EducationSouth Eastern
Acorn Integrated Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern
Acorn Integrated PS Nursery UnitPre-school EducationNorth Eastern
Aghadowey Pre-School PlaygroupPre-school EducationNorth Eastern
Aghadrumsee Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolWestern
Aghagallon Pre-SchoolPre-school EducationSouthern
Ahoghill and District Community Pre-School PlaygroupPre-school EducationNorth Eastern
Alexander Dickson Primary School BallygowanPrimary SchoolSouth Eastern
All Children's Integrated Primary School NewcastlePrimary SchoolSouth Eastern
All Saint's Primary School, TattysallaghPrimary SchoolWestern
All Saints Nursery Unit St Colmans Primary School AnnaclonePre-school EducationSouthern
Alphabet PlaygroupPre-school EducationNorth Eastern
Altishane Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolWestern
Ampertaine Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern
Anahilt Pre school PlaygroupPre-school EducationSouth Eastern
Anahilt Primary School HillsboroughPrimary SchoolSouth Eastern
Anahorish Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern

Where can I get further help?

If you require further help, please contact the appropriate EA admissions office.


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