FAQ (Admissions)

From what age can I apply for a place at the Three Little Ships Preschool?

You can apply for your child to be added to the school’s waiting list from the age of 1 year old.

Can I apply for a place in the Early Intervention Program and in the International department at the same time?

Yes, if your child is 4 years old, you can apply for a (supported) place in the International Department at the same time as you apply for a place in the Early Intervention Program. You do need to complete application forms for both schools and it is helpful if you let us know that you have applied for both. We will then look at the applications and work out which school placement is most appropriate for your child.

When will I know my child has a place?

For the Three Little Ships preschool, places are allocated in the Spring before the start of the new school year. If a place becomes available during the year we will be in contact the next family on the waiting list.

For the Early Intervention program, places are allocated as soon as a place becomes available.

What are the school fees?

There is no enrolment fee.

The cost of a  place in the Three Little Ships preschool will be €8450 for the academic year, divided over 10 equal installments.

The contribution for the Early Intervention Program for children under 5 years old is €19,800 per year.

There is an additional contribution if a child requires an individual assistant for integrating into the mainstream international Reception class.

Therapy costs are extra.

Once my child has been accepted, what are the instalments for payment?

The cost of the Three Little Ships preschool may be made in 10 equal installments of €825

The parental contribution for the Early Intervention program is made in three installments:

  1. before 1st June for Term One
  2. before 1st October for Term Two
  3. before 1st February for Term Three

Alternatively, the payment can be made, in total, once at the start of the school year.

Can my child attend the preschool part-time?

The placements in the Three Little Ships will be offered as full time. Partime placement is only possible when there is no waiting list and at least 3 or 4 allocated days. If your child is not able to cope with the preschool week, please discuss this with the Class Leader or Director.

Does my child need to be toilet-trained to attend the preschool?

It is expected that typically developing children who attend the preschool will be toilet-trained when they start attending the school. It is possible for children to receive toilet-training at school, however, and this should be discussed with the Class Leader.

The toileting needs of children with additional needs will be considered individually and nappy-changing facilities are available at the school.