Admission to nursery

Nursery-admission

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

In-year applications can be made at any time for admissions outside of the normal admissions round.

Download the in-year application form 2017/2018 (pdf)

September 2018 places 

The closing date for September 2018 applications was 18 September 2017 and decisions were issued 30 November 2017.

Download the current nursery admissions summary (pdf)

Make a late application by downloading the nursery application form (pdf)  

Applying for a September 2019 nursery place

Apply between 2 July and 14 September 2018

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 you can apply for a 2019 nursery place between 2 July 2018 and 14 September 2018.

Decision letters for September 2019 places will be issued 30 November 2018.

Please note: the online admission system will be unavailable on Tuesday 24 July 2018 while essential maintenance takes place

Login to apply online

Alternatively, download the 2019 nursery application form (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
  • 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.

Catchment areas

Read about school catchment areas in Newport

Oversubscription criteria

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:

  1. Looked-after children (children in public care) and previously looked-after children
  2. 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
  3. Pupils living within the catchment area
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Contact

Email school.admissions@newport.gov.uk with any questions about community nursery classes or schools.

Contact Newport Family Information Service for information about places in the private sector.