Pre-school admissions revealed

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Over 95% of children placed at end of Stage One of 2014/15 pre-school admissions process

Parents and guardians of children who have applied for a funded pre-school place find out today if their child has been offered a place as Stage One of the pre-school admissions process concludes.

Over 95% of children whose parents applied for a place will have secured a place in one of their preferred settings at the end of this stage.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said: “This year over 23,000 applications were received, up 2% on last year’s number. At this stage of the admissions process almost 900 more funded places have been allocated than at this time last year. The Department has provided sufficient funding to meet the growth in demand for pre-school places and the Education and Library Boards continue to work closely with pre-school providers to secure sufficient places in local areas.

“It is important to note that this is only Stage One of the process and those parents or guardians whose child remains unplaced will be invited to submit further preferences and proceed into Stage Two of the process.

“The letter these parents and guardians will receive today includes a full list of pre-school settings with funded places still available across the Education and Library Board area and an application form on which parents should list further preferences. This is not to suggest that all these locations will be suitable options for parents to consider; rather it is provided to help parents to choose further preferences from the funded places still available.”

Parents and guardians are encouraged to list a number of preferences across the range of providers at Stage Two in order to maximise their chances of securing a place for their child.

Letters advising of the outcome of this second stage of the application process will be issued to parents on Friday 30 May 2014.