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Pre-School Education in Schools (Admissions Criteria) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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2.—(1) In these Regulations—

  • “Board” in relation to a school means the education and library board for the area in which the school is situated;

  • “children” means children after they have attained the age of 2 years and before they have attained the lower limit of compulsory school age;

  • “child from socially disadvantaged circumstances” means a child whose parent is in receipt of income support or income-based jobseeker’s allowance;

  • “final pre-school year” in relation to a child means the school year immediately prior to the school year in which that child is of compulsory school age;

  • “income-based jobseeker’s allowance” has the meaning given to it by Article 3(4) of the Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(1);

  • “income support” means income support under Part VII of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992(2);

  • “the 1998 Order” means the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1998; and

  • “the criteria” means the criteria to be drawn up under Article 32(1) of the 1998 Order.

(2) For the purposes of these Regulations a child in his final pre-school year seeking admission to a school shall be treated as having special educational needs where, in the opinion of the Board, he has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of his age and that difficulty is not solely attributable to the fact that the language (or form of language) in which he will be taught is different from the language (or form of language) which has at any time been spoken in his home.

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