Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has encouraged parents in Derry to apply for a pre-school place for their child for the 2016/17 academic year
“Parents can now apply for a pre-school place for their child for the 2016/17 academic year.
Application forms are available from all pre-school providers and should be returned by 12 noon on Wednesday 13 January 2016.
Last year, 85% of children were placed in their first preference setting, while 99.8% of children, whose parents engaged fully with the admissions process to the end, were allocated a funded pre-school place.
Only through the official process are pre-school providers allowed to enrol children, so parents should ensure they complete an official form, even if they believe their child is on an informal list with a provider.
Advice and support for parents making an application is available from the Education Authority. There is also information available on nidirect: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/funded-pre-school-education