Apply online for a preschool or primary school place – applications close at noon on Thursday 30 January 2020

DO you have a child starting pre-school or primary school in September 2020?

The online application process for pre-school and primary school places is currently open and will remain open until 12 noon on Thursday 30 January 2020.

Parents and guardians should visit to search for preschools and schools in
their area, review the admissions criteria and to complete an online application.

Speaking about the process, EA Acting Director of Operations and Estates Dale Hanna, said:
“To date the EA has received almost 40,000 applications for pre-school and primary schools
places for September 2020.

“With an anticipated 47,000 applications due we are reminding all parents to apply before online applications close in just over a week.

“As each application is assessed against the admissions criteria, it is important that parents
read carefully the published criteria for each pre-school/school that they are applying to and
indicate on the application how their child meets them.

“Parents can list as many preschools/schools as they wish and we recommend listing at least four in order of preference.

“Once the application is submitted, parents should then bring their child’s birth certificate
and any other verifying information to the first preference pre-school or primary school by
12 noon on Friday, 7 February 2020.”

Parents and guardians can be reassured that places are not allocated on a first come first
served basis, and schools and playgroups will not consider applications until after the closing

If any parent/guardian requires any further help with their child’s pre-school or primary
school application, or encounter any difficulties they can contact the Admissions Helpdesk
on 028 9598 5595 or email or

The Helpdesk will be open Monday – Thursday 8am – 8pm and Friday 8am – 5pm until 30 January 2020.

For further information visit the EA website:

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