Deadline for Pre-School and Primary One places

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THE closing date for submitting an application for Pre-School education in the 2013/14 school year is 12 noon on Friday, January 11, 2013.

A spokesperson for The North Eastern Education and Library Board explained that priority for pre-school places will be given to children born between 2 July 2009 and 1 July 2010.

“The aim of the Pre-School education programme is to ensure that there is a funded pre-school place for every child, either in a nursery school/unit or in a voluntary/private playgroup, for the year immediately before they are due to start primary school.

“It is important that parents list as many preferences as possible as children will not necessarily get a place in their first preference school or playgroup.”

The closing date for submitting an application for a P1 place, for those whose fourth birthday falls on or before 1 July 2013, is also January 11 at 12 noon. Application forms should be returned to the first preference school or nursery.

Application forms can be obtained from pre-school education providers, or from the Board’s website –

Further information can be obtained by contacting Open Enrolment Section, NEELB, on: 02825 662197 or 02825 662584.