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.

Applying for a Pre-School place in the school year September 2019 - June 2020

The pre-school admissions procedure is in two stages and has now closed on 11 June 2019 :-

Stage 1 deals with: target age applications only.

Stage 2 deals with:

  • those target age children who did not secure a place during Stage 1 and who have nominated further preferences from a list of settings with funded places available;
  • also deals with those children not yet in their target age year i.e. underage;
  • new applications for a target age child; and
  • with children with Republic of Ireland addresses.

Target Age (born on or between 2 July 2015 and 1 July 2016)

  • If your child is born on or between 2 July 2015 and 1 July 2016 they will be in their (target) final pre-school year and you are eligible to apply for admission to a funded pre-school place in either a Nursery School or Nursery Unit or Playgroup for the school year 2019-2020. 
  • If your child is in their final pre-school year and you have not previously applied and wish to be considered by one of the pre-school providers with funded places available now at the close of Stage 2 you should check the funded places available list here. Read the the provider's admissions criteria, download and complete an application form (see below) and bring directly to the provider.

Underage (Penultimate) (born on or between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017)

  • If funded places are still available after target age children are admitted then underage (penultimate) children born on or between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017 may also be admitted.  If your child falls within this age group you will be eligible to apply to only a Nursery School or a Nursery Unit.
  • If you have not previously applied for your child who is underage and wish to be considered by a Nursery School / Nursery Unit who may have funded places still available now at the close of Stage 2 you should check the funded places available list here. Read the provider's admissions criteria, download and complete an application form (see below) and bring directly to the Nursery School/Unit. 

Click here to access Pre-School Admissions Application Form - Admission in September 2019

Children under 2 years old

  • If your child is under 2 years old click here for information.
Last updated: 12/06/2019