Pre-school Admissions Guide

Although pre-school isn't compulsory it has benefits. Our guide will help you understand more about the process and what to expect when applying for a place in pre-school for your child.

Adding information and verification documents

You must provide your child's birth certificate directly to the pre-school listed as first preference.  Either a long or short birth certificate is acceptable unless otherwise specified in the admissions criteria.  If you are claiming priority under the ‘socially disadvantaged’ criterion you must also provide your Benefit Verification directly to the pre-school provider of first preference.

Pre-school providers may also ask for documentation to be provided in support of your application either when it is initially submitted or alternatively a school may write during the process or after the offer of a place to request information by a certain deadline.  You need to carefully check the admissions criteria for pre-schools you apply to and provide any documentation as requested at the time of application or later in the procedure as requested by the pre-schools you have listed on your application.  Documentation requested at the time of application should be provided to the pre-school provider you have listed as first preference.  Any documentation as requested by any pre-school provider at a later stage of the procedure should be provided as per the request of that pre-school provider.

During the admissions procedure if the first preference pre-school provider cannot accept your child any documentation you have provided will be forwarded to the pre-school provider listed as second preference via the Education Authority.  This process is repeated until your child has secured a placed or all preferences listed have been exhausted.

NB If you have been asked for information you cannot supply you should contact the pre-school provider directly to ascertain what they will accept as a reasonable alternative.

Adding new information or additional documents

After 12 midnight on Thursday 31 january 2019, if your circumstances change in a way that may be important for the admissions process, you should contact the EA in writing or by email to provide this new information not later than 4pm on Monday, 25 March 2019.

Admissions Helpdesk

If additional information is required or any difficulty is experienced, parents can contact the admissions helpdesk on:

028 9598 5595

Helpline open from 9am to 5pm

or email the relevant address listed below

Last updated: 28/11/2018