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.

Pre-School Preference Guidance

How many preferences can I list?

At least four preferences are recommended as there is no guarantee your child will be accepted into the first preference. There is no maximum to the number of preferences you can list but please note that you will not be asked for further preferences during Stage 1 of the pre-school procedure. You will only be asked for further preferences if you receive a letter at the end of Stage 1 advising that your child has not been successful in being offered a place in the preference(s) you had listed at the time of submitting your application.

Ensure you choose the correct pre-school when listing preferences.  Some pre-schools have similar names but will be clearly identified by their locality e.g. St. Mary's PS NU Omagh, or St. Mary's PS NU Banbridge.

Any abbreviations within a pre-school provider’s name or referred to in this website are as follows:

PG = Playgroup PS NU = Primary School Nursery Unit
NS = Nursery School IPS NU = Integrated Primary School Nursery Unit
Community NS = Community Nursery School  
FT = Full Time  
PT = Part Time  

Can I list preferences more than once?

Some pre-school providers i.e. Nursery Schools or Nursery Units offer both Full-Time (FT) and Part-Time (PT) sessions.  You can list this provider as a preference once or even twice if you want the provider to consider your application for both full-time and part-time. 

You should ensure you list in your order of preference e.g.

1st Provider A FT
2nd Provider B
3rd Provider A PT

Remember to list the correct name of the pre-school provider.

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: 12/06/2019