Nursery education is for three and four year olds.
A child can be admitted to a nursery at the beginning of the term following their third birthday if places are available.
This can be in a community (council) nursery school or in a private setting, which may be a playgroup or private day nursery.
Admission to community nursery schools and classes is offered for a half-day session, either morning or afternoon, five days a week.
Schools expect pupils attending the nursery to take up all the sessions available to them.
If you don't want your child to attend all five sessions each week, you may prefer to find a place at a private setting that can offer more flexible arrangements - contact Newport Family Information Service for advice.
In-year applications can be made at any time for admissions outside of the normal admissions round.
Download the in-year application form 2018/2019 (pdf)
September 2019 nursery admission - key dates
The closing date for applications was 14 September 2018 and decisions are issued 30 November 2018 for on-time applications.
Make a late application by downloading the nursery application form (pdf)
View the latest nursery admission summary (pdf)
Children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 December 2015 may be offered an early start from January 2019.
Children born between 1 January 2016 and 31 March 2016 may be offered an early start from April 2019.
Children born between 1 April 2016 and 31 August 2016 are not eligible for an early start.
Decision letters offering an early start if places are available will be issued:
- on 30 November 2018 for a January 2019 start for on-time applications
- on 8 March 2019 for an April 2019 Rising 3 start
New school at Glan Llyn development
The full statutory consultation on the council's proposal to establish a new two-form entry English-medium primary school on the Glan Llyn development has ended.
The school is due to open in September 2019 and you will be able to apply for a place between 2 July 2018 and 30 November 2018.
Read more about the Glan Llyn school proposal.
Read about school catchment areas in Newport
Where there are more applications for a particular school than there are places available, we will apply these criteria to determine which children should be admitted to a school.
Oversubscription criteria for admission to nursery
Where a school is named in a statement of Special Educational Needs, we have a duty to admit the child to the named setting before the over-subscription criteria is applied against applications received.
This will reduce the amount of places available to other applicants.
If the total number of preferences for admission to a nursery exceeds the number of places we will apply the following order of priority to allocate the available places:
- Looked-after children (children in public care) and previously looked-after children
- Pupils living within the catchment area and making an application on medical grounds or placed on the Child Protection Register and recommended by social services
- Pupils living within the catchment area
- Pupils living outside the catchment area and making an application on medical grounds or placed on the Child Protection Register and recommended by social services
- Pupils living outside the catchment area
After considering the above categories, or if the number of applications in any one of the above categories exceeds the published admission number, priority will be based on those living closest to the preferred school.
Email email@example.com with any questions about community nursery classes or schools.
Contact Newport Family Information Service for information about places in the private sector.