Application Procedures

K1 application

K2 application

K1 aged children commence kindergarten in August each year. Each kindergarten will receive applications for K1 in accordance with the table below:

Child born between Submit application form Start date in K1 class
Jan – Dec 2017 1 – 30 September 2019 August 2020
Jan – Dec 2018 1 – 30 September 2020 August 2021
Jan – Dec 2019 1 – 30 September 2021 August 2022
Jan – Dec 2020 1 – 30 September 2022 August 2023

No child will be able to attend kindergarten prior to their allocated academic year.


Applications to K1 are invited from 1 September to 30 September of the year prior to admission. Applications should be submitted using the online application system here. Submitting an early application will receive no priority. All applications will be processed after the end of September. Places will be offered first to applications received during September. Applications for K1 received after the end of September will be allocated a place on the waiting list in accordance with their priority and date of application. An application fee applies to all applications.


Play Visits for K1 Applications

Starting in December each year, kindergartens will invite children to attend the school for a visit. The child must be accompanied by their parents. The purpose of the visit is for the kindergarten to observe the children, talk with the parents and determine whether the setting is appropriate for the child. It also enables parents to hear about the curriculum, view the premises, and to decide whether they wish to proceed with the application.

Children may be invited back to the kindergarten for a second visit if the school needs further information on the child. The kindergarten may involve the special educational needs advisor in this visit.

Kindergartens will offer places to successful applicants after the visits have taken place. In some cases, offers of a place may be conditional upon a second or subsequent visit to the kindergarten, occasionally, parents may be requested to make additional arrangements to support their child when in kindergarten.

For K1 – applications to ESF kindergartens for 2021/22 – key dates
1-30 September

Central application period for parents to submit application:

Acknowledgement email containing applicant’s reference number will be sent upon submission

First Monday of October
Deadline for receipt of supporting documents
October to November

Parents will NOT receive any notification letters these months

Application forms will be verified, parents will be contacted if there are any missing documents

Applications are processed in random order and are assigned a computer-generated sequential number and then ordered according to the priority criteria.


Parents receive interview status notification letters.

  • Invitation to interview with guaranteed place if successful; or
  • Invitation to interview with entry wait list place if successful; or
  • Confirmation of wait listing for possible future interview opportunity.
First round interviews conducted at kindergartens
Parents receive letter with interview result
March to August
Further interviews conducted by kindergartens as necessary

Applications for K2, or for K1 outside the September admissions period, may be made at any time. Places are limited, but may become available during the academic year. If no place is immediately available your child’s application will be added to our waitlist in accordance with their priority and date of application.