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Pre-School Admissions

Pre-School Admissions

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The Pre-School Admissions Procedure is in two stages.

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the pre-school admissions procedure which deals only with target age children concluded on Thursday 26 April 2018 with the issue of letters to notify parents of the outcome of their application. If you received a letter read the Information Leaflet - What do you need to do now?

Stage 2

Stage 2 of the pre-school admissions procedure runs from Friday 27 April 2018 and concludes on Friday 8 June 2018 with the issue of letters to notify parents of the outcome of their application.Read the Guide for Parents below.

Places Available

Places Available - This document includes pre-school funded places available for September at the close of Stage 1.

This parents' guide provides information on how the admissions procedure operates and how pre-schools select children.
If you have not previously applied and wish to be considered by one of th pre-school providers with places available, you should read the provider's admission criteria, download and complete an application form and return to the first preference provider to arrive no later than 4pm on Friday 25 May 2018.

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
Macosquin Community Pre-SchoolPre-school EducationNorth Eastern
Macosquin Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern
Maghaberry Primary School MoiraPrimary SchoolSouth Eastern
Maghaberry PS Nursery Unit MoiraPre-school EducationSouth Eastern
Maghera Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern
Magheradroll Nursery Unit BallynahinchPre-school EducationSouth Eastern
Magherafelt High SchoolPost Primary SchoolNorth Eastern
Magherafelt Nursery SchoolPre-school EducationNorth Eastern
Magherafelt Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern
Magheralough Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolWestern
Magilligan Community PlaygroupPre-school EducationWestern
Maguiresbridge Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolWestern
Maine Integrated PlaygroupPre-school EducationNorth Eastern
Maine Integrated Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern
Mallusk Community PlaygroupPre-school EducationNorth Eastern
Mallusk Integrated Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern
Malone CollegePost Primary SchoolBelfast
Malone Playschool/Nursery SchoolPre-school EducationBelfast
Malvern Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolBelfast
Maralin Village Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolSouthern
Maralin Village PS Nursery UnitPre-school EducationSouthern
Markethill High SchoolPost Primary SchoolSouthern
Markethill Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolSouthern
Mary Queen of Peace Primary SchoolPrimary SchoolNorth Eastern
Matt Talbot Nursery SchoolPre-school EducationBelfast

Where can I get further help?

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


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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