Admissions

Admission Criteria

Applicants must provide an original birth certificate in order to verify the age of a child.

The Board of Governors reserve the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support of verify information on any application form. The provision of false or incorrect information of the failure to provide information within the deadline set by the preschools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s application form.

Children who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission will not be considered for places until all children who reside in Northern Ireland have been considered.

DENI Circular 2005/09 Open Enrolment in Nursery School has highlighted new procedures to be included:

Governors can now give priority consideration to late applications for children in their final pre-school year over applications form under age children. Children already attending the Nursery no longer have an automatic entitlement to a second year of pre-school education. Parent must submit a new application, which will be consider with all other applications.

Priority will be given to children who are in their final year of pre-school.

The Board of Governors have determined that in the event of more applications than places available, the following admissions criteria will be applied, in the other set down, to select children for the available places.

  1. Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) is/are in receipt of Income Support or Income-based Job Seekers Allowance who reside in the parish of Nativity.
  2. Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 August 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) is/are in receipt of Income Support or Income-based Job Seekers Allowance.
  3. Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 from the parish of Nativity who are considered by Education and Library Board as having significant special educational needs which indicate that the child would benefit from nursery education. Documentary evidence must be submitted to Board of Governors.
  4. Children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in the parish of Nativity.
  5. Other children born between 2 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.
  6. Children born between 2 July 2011 and 1 July 2012 in order of age (eldest first).

Sub-Criteria

In the event of more pupils satisfying the last criterion, which can be applied in the order of priority set down beside, then selection for the remaining places will be on basis of the following sub-criteria.

    1. Child who currently attend our Nursery
    2. children with brother(s)/sister(s)/half brother(s)/half sister(s) presently enrolled in St. Kieran’s Primary School.
    3. Children currently on the ‘at risk’ register maintained by the Down and Lisburn Trust who reside in the parish of Nativity.
    4. Children who, in the opinion of the Board of Governors, have special home circumstances, considered in the following order:
    • a child who has one or both parents deceased;
    • a child whose parent has a serious long-term illness (medical evidence required);
    • children who are twins (or other multiple births);
    • a child from a family of three or more pre-school age children;
    • a child whose parent(s)/guardian(s) is/are currently a permanent employee in the school;
    • only child in the family.

In the event of there being more applicants than places  remaining for the last sub-criterion which can be applied, then selection will be on the basis of the chronological age (eldest first).

Where two children have the same date of birth, final selection will be on the basis of the alphabetical order of the child’s name. Consideration will be given firstly to the surname. If the two children have the same surname, the alphabetical order of the first forename as indicated on the birth certificate will be the deciding factor.

It is important that parent(s)/guardian(s) when submitting the application form give all the relevant support information and written evidence that may be needed, including the child’s birth certificate.

All criteria will apply as at the closing date on the application form.

The Admission Criteria will be applied by a Selection Committee consisting of the Principal and three Governors, subject to the final approval of the Board of Governors.