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Northern Ireland parents receive school confirmation letters - scramble for remaining places

By Rebecca Black

Almost 4% of children in Northern Ireland have not yet secured a placed a pre-school, while less than 1% are still waiting for a primary school place.

The Education Authority announced on Friday morning that following stage one of the pre-school admissions process, some 22,118 (96.72%) of children in Northern Ireland had been placed, with 87.83% being offered a place at their first preference institution. 

The second stage of the pre-school process to find places for the remaining children starts today, and is set to end on June 8.

Meanwhile the primary school admission process has seen to date, a total of 23,571 (99.47%) children placed, with 97.19% being offered a place at their first preference institution.

Parents who were unsuccessful in obtaining a pre-school place at the end of stage one or a primary one place for their child have received notification from the Education Authority (EA) advising that they can nominate further preferences.

A list of providers/schools that may have places available can be found on the EA website at, along with information for parents on the next stage of the application process. 

Are you still searching for a place for your child? Contact

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