With a new system in place by the Education Authority, we will not be sending letters to parents/carers whose child has been successful in being allocated a place. You will instead be able to access the Portal on the Education Authority website in which you used when applying for Pre School places, to view the outcome of your application.

Information on when this will go live will be updated when we are informed by the Education Authority. When the time comes; if you have issues in accessing/navigating the Portal, please contact the Pre School Leader by email :

For new intake 2022/2023 Pre School will be operate from 8:30am to 11:00am for children. We also offer an Extended Service/Afterschools Club which operates from 11:00am-1:00pm at a fee (Monday – Thursday).

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and regulations, we are currently unable to have an Open Day or have any visits to the setting. However, you can find lots of information about our Pre School through this website. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries that you may have either by email or telephone call. We are open from 8:15am – 3:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:15am – 2:30pm on Fridays.

Applications for the admission of children for 2022/2023 school year will be taken in line with the process for admissions from the Department of Education.

The entry criteria for admissions for St. Bernard’s Pre School is now available on the Education Authority website. Please see the link below. This is the criteria we adhere to when allocating places.

The Pre-School application portal on the Education Authority website opens at 12 noon Monday 10th January 2022 and closes at 12 noon on on the 28th of January 2022. We do not accept applications before January and we do not operate a ‘first come first served basis’ and any applications beyond the closing date will be considered as ‘late’ and applications made within the above timescale will be considered first.

If you select St. Bernard’s Pre School as your first preference then you will also need to provide us with supporting documents alongside your child’s birth certificate and this can be done online via the portal. We may also require/request supporting documentation for other preference choices. Any applicant that is in receipt of benefit defined under the ‘Socially Disadvantaged’ criterion must provide verification.

If all 26 spaces have been allocated then we offer a Waiting List. Refer to our Waiting List Policy – which can be requested by email.

For further information, please visit the Education Authority website: –