Admissions Criteria

 Admissions Criteria for intake 2021/2022

The Application procedure for Funded Pre-school Places opens on  7 January 2021 at 12.00noon and applications need to be submitted online by closing date of 29th January 2021 at 12noon (punctual), after this date any applications will be considered as late.

 Apply online at under 'Pre-School Admissions', using the the following criteria. (e.g. 2a & 2d) 

Little Acorns Pre-school Admission Criteria


Pre-school Places  are available for children born between 2 July 2017 and 1 July 2018

In the event of over-subscription, the following criteria will be applied in the order set down.

1.  Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances who were born between 2 July 2017 and 1 July 2018.
      Benefit Verification will be required to confirm that they are in receipt of  a qualifying payment.

2.  Other children who were born between 2 July 2017 and 1 July 2018

Sub Criteria
In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria the following sub criteria will apply:-

a. Children who have specified Little Acorns Pre-school as their first preference.
b. Children who already attend Little Acorns Pre-school in a paying capacity and have specified Little Acorns Pre-school as
     their first preference.
c. Children who have or have had an older sibling attend Clandeboye Primary School.
d. Children who are the eldest or only child of a family.
e. Children who have had a brother/sister, half/brother/sister, mother/father attend Little Acorns Pre-school.
f.  Children who have a parent/guardian employed within Clandeboye Primary School.
g. The geographical location of the child's address on the basis of proximity to the pre-school measured by Google maps. walking    
     distance. Child closest in walking distance will be admitted first.

Please supply a birth certificate to your first Preference.  

Applicants should note that they may be required at some stage to provide documents to verify their address.

Waiting List Policy
The Waiting List Policy is available directly from the Pre-school

Non Funded Pre-Pre-school  places (children that will be three in the term in which they are admitted).

Children who have had brothers or sisters attend Little Acorns Pre-school.
Children that have older brothers/sisters, half brother/sisters attending Clandeboye Primary School.
Date of birth - oldest first.