The school year for primary school children is from September until the end of June. The primary school cycle is 8 years long starting with 2 years of infant classes and followed by 1st to 6th class.
There are various early education or pre-school facilities available but they are largely private and fees have to be paid. However, the State now funds one year of free pre-schooling under the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme. There are some State-funded pre-school facilities, which are largely for children who are disadvantaged or have special needs.
You should contact your local primary school to get a copy of its enrolment policy and a copy of its enrolment form. You should apply in writing for a school place as early as possible due to long waiting lists in many areas. You will need a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate when enrolling your child in school. All schools are required to enrol in accordance with their enrolment policies. Problems can arise in securing a school place if classes are full and if there is a waiting list for school places. Some post-primary schools give priority to students from certain primary schools so it may be useful to plan ahead when choosing a primary school for your child.