Changes to nursery applications in Newport

Posted on Tuesday 30th May 2017

Applying for a nursery place in Newport is set to get simpler.

For nursery places in Newport schools in 2018, the application process and timetable is changing with the aim of making the process easier for parents.

Children are eligible for a nursery place in the term following their third birthday and in Newport this can be in a maintained nursery class/school or in a non-maintained setting (a playgroup or private day nursery).

For a September 2018 nursery place (maintained nurseries only), applications can be made between 3 July and 18 September 2017.

However, in a change to previous years, there is no need for parents to submit a separate application for a Rising 3 place. Rising 3 places can be offered to children born between 1 September and 31 March, with a nursery start date of January or April 2018.

Once a nursery application has been made, if a Rising 3 place is available, parents will now automatically be notified and offered that place.

Children born between 1 April and 31 August are not eligible for a Rising 3 place.


Key dates

3 July – 18 September 2017

Application period for all 2018 nursery places


30 November 2017

Decisions issued for September 2018 places

January 2018 Rising 3 places offered (if available)


2 March 2018

April 2018 Rising 3 places offered (if available)


The council is responsible for admission to community nursery schools but for a nursery place in a voluntary aided school or non-maintained setting, enquiries should be made directly to the school or provider.

Both Welsh and English-medium places are available.

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