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Placing Requests and Split Placements

Though most parents choose to put their child to a nursery setting in their local area, some parents may find it more convenient to use a nursery elsewhere. To ask for an alternative placement is called a 'placing request'.

A reason such as ‘brothers/sisters attend school already’ or ‘moving house’ may be considered. Parents may also want to choose another setting because of their childcare arrangements. You can ask for a place in a nursery that is not in your catchment by filling in a placing request form. We will do our best, but requests cannot be guaranteed unless there are spaces at the nursery.

If you would like to use more than one setting (which could be a local authority nursery, a private nursery or a childminder), you can request this by filling in a split placement form.

You do not need to fill in a placing request form or split placement form for your child’s second year of nursery unless you would like to change settings. Please note that your child is not guaranteed a place at that school for Primary 1, and you will have to fill in a new form when they start school.

Acknowledgement of placing requests and split placements will be sent with final decisions being made in early May. Please note that placing requests and split placements cannot be guaranteed.

Placing Request and Split Placement forms are available in PDF format from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

How are places allocated?

Usually, all eligible children are able to have an early learning and childcare place in their local school or setting. However, if no provision exists in the local area, or if the child arrived late into an area and the setting is full, the child will be offered a place in an alternative setting.

New requests for places will be prioritised in the following way:

1. The child has additional support needs which are best met in the setting. This would include discretionary deferrals following a well-being assessment.

2. The child has a brother or sister already in school (P1-7).

3. The child lives in the catchment area and requests a discretionary deferral which is supported by the school/setting.

4. New placing requests.