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.

Late Applications

During the admissions procedure when pre-schools are applying their admissions criteria punctual applications will be considered before late applications are considered.  

The application procedure opens on 7 January 2021 at 12 noon and an application submitted by the closing date of 29 January 2021 at 12 noon will be treated as a punctual application

The application process is NOT FIRST COME FIRST SERVEDPre-School providers do not consider applications until after 12 noon on 29 January 2021.

An application received after 12 noon on 29 January 2021 will be treated as a late application – Late in Stage 1 (Target Age) and late throughout the procedure for a penultimate (underage) application

All late applications must be made on paper as the online Citizen Portal will not be accessible after the closing date/time to make an application. 

You can submit a late application at any time but only those received by 12.00 noon on 5 February 2021 will be processed during the Pre-School (Target–Stage 1) admissions procedure.  Late applications received after this date will not be considered until after the Stage 1 admissions procedure has ended on 27 April 2021. A late application for a penultimate (underage) child will be processed in Stage 2 commencing 28 April 2021.

Having a late application could reduce your child’s likelihood of gaining a place in your preferred pre-school i.e. should the pre-school you are applying to receive more applications than it has places available it will firstly consider all punctual applications (including second and subsequent preference applications) before your application is considered.

Admissions Helpdesk

If additional information is required or any difficulty is experienced, parents can contact the admissions helpdesk via the email addresses below:

Monday – Thursday (8am – 8pm)
and Friday (8am - 5pm)

Last updated: 18/12/2020