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St Colmcille's Nursery School, Downpatrick Co. Down

Applying for Nursery School 2021-2022

How to apply and the School Criteria

The EA have introduced an online system which must be used when applying for a pre-school/nursery place. The Parent Portal opens at 12 noon on Thursday 7th January 2021 and closes at 12 noon 29th January 2021. Complete the application online listing the pre-school/schools on order of preference. The web address for this is:

Click on Pre-School and then the name of the school you wish to apply to. The criteria should then appear. The school criteria will be available to view through the Parent Portal.

Ensure that you email a copy of your child's birth certificate and any other verifying information to the First preference pre-school/school by 12.00 noon on Friday 5th February 2021


For those parents who are receiving Income Support or Universal Credit a Benefit Verification form can be downloaded from the website. This form must be stamped and brought to the First preference school, by 12.00 noon on Friday 5th February 2021. Information received after this date will be considered a Late Application.

The Admissions Helpdesk phone number is: 028 9598 5595