F: St. Brigid’s Primary School Early Start Enrolment Policy

Early Start is a Department of Education initiative set up in 1994 to offer pre school education to children aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months. The programme is a one-year early intervention scheme designed to meet the needs of children of pre-school age who are at risk of not reaching their potential within the school system. The project involves an educational programme to enhance overall development, promote positive educational outcomes and offset the effects of social disadvantage.

This initiative is run by one teacher and one childcare worker. The Early Start day consists of two and a half hour sessions- a morning group (9:00-11:30) and an afternoon group (12:10-2:40). Each group accommodates 15 children.

Preference will be given to new pupils in the Early Start Unit on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Siblings of children enrolled in St. Brigid’s Primary School including the siblings of recent past pupils.
  2. The children of past pupils and staff.
  3. Children from families at risk from urban social disadvantage
  4. Children living in the local area.
  5. All other children who apply for places in Early Start.

Children must be aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months on the date of admission to Early Start.

All applications must be submitted to St. Brigid’s Primary School by 1st of February on the year of admission.


This policy was developed by staff of St. Brigid’s and was ratified at the Board of Management meeting of 28/01/2015.


This policy will be reviewed in January 2017.


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