Tuesday, 2 November 2021
Department of Education and Skills
In considering applications for the use of school facilities or grounds for non-primary or non-post primary related uses, a category within which a pre-school would fall, regard has to be had to the current and future education requirements of the school already located on a site. My Department notes that the area in which the primary school in question is located is targeted for significant growth under the National Planning Framework. Therefore it would be prudent to allow for the future expansion of this school for primary education. The feasibility of accommodating future expansion of the school as well as the pre-school will have to be technically assessed by my Department. To aid this assessment my Department is in the process of seeking future information from the school and parties involved.
Overall any final decision on the location of non-school facilities of a pre-school or after school nature on a school site has to take into full consideration the impact on the school, the staff and students.