Pre-School AdmissionsPortal is Now Open

If your child is born on or between 2 July 2019 and 1 July 2020 they will be in their final pre-school year (Target Age) for the school year September 2023 to June 2024. 

You can now apply for a pre-school place for September 2023. 

The application portal is open from Tuesday 10th of January until 12 noon on Friday 27th of January.

If you have a query about how to select Naíscoil Mhachaire Rátha as your preferred setting please contact us at:

or call 028 7964 5013

Proven Advantages

There are so many advantages to sending your child to an Irish Medium playschool.

Children Become Bilingual

This occurs naturally with out the children having to ‘learn’ the language in a traditional sense.

Employment Benefits

Irish is the best modern language to have in seeking employment in Ireland in the 21st century. Opportunities are to found in the rapidly growing education sector, the media, publishing, translation, civil service as well as youth and community work.

Improved Performance at English & Maths

Children who have received their primary education in the Irish-medium sector demonstrate higher levels of attainment in English and Maths than their monolingual counterparts.

Easier to Learn Foreign Languages

Bilingual children are much more likely to go on to learn a foreign language than their monolingual counterparts.

Community & Social Benefits

Children become part of a young, growing, and vibrant Irish-speaking community and develop a strong sense of social belonging, with a broader cultural experience and increased understanding and acceptance of other languages and cultures.

Mental Health Benefits

Research has also shown that Alzheimer’s disease demonstrates a much lower incidence in people who have been bilingual or multi-lingual from an early age.

Improved Problem Solving Abilities

Research has shown that bilingual children on average, demonstrate higher problem-solving abilities, better attention and task switching capabilities than their monolingual counterparts.

Improved Life Chances

In later life bilingual children have been shown on average to have a higher educational attainment, improved employment prospects and higher earnings than their monolingual counterparts.

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Naiscoil Mhachaire Ratha

Naíscoil Mhachaire Rátha Irish Medium Preschool.

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41-43 Glen Rd, Maghera,BT46 5AP

028 7964 5013

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Mon - Fri
8:15 - 11:30am