Admission to nursery


Children will be admitted to nursery in the September of the academic year in which they become four years old.

A nursery place can be in a school, playgroup or private day nursery.

Admission to community nursery schools is made through the council, while for a nursery place in a voluntary aided school or non-maintained setting, you should contact the school or provider.

New nursery to open at Pentrepoeth primary school in January 2018

Admission to 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 non-maintained setting that can offer more flexible arrangements. 

September 2017 nursery admission 

You can make an in-year application for a nursery place at any time outside of the normal admissions round.

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

September 2018 nursery admission

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

If you applied online, log in to view your decision

Download the current nursery admissions summary (pdf)

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

New nursery at Glan Llyn

The council is consulting on the proposal for a new English-medium primary school at Glan Llyn from September 2018.  

The consultation closed 12 November 2017.

While the council is unable to guarantee that the school will open as planned in September 2018, parents may express this as a preference during this application window.

You are advised to also select alternative preferences for existing schools, details of which can be found in the School Admissions Policy 2018/19 (pdf)

Should the planned opening of the new primary school at Glan Llyn  be deferred, your second preference will be promoted for consideration.

You can apply for a September 2018 nursery place at the new Glan Llyn school by downloading the nursery application form (pdf).

We'll handle these applications under our late admissions process - see the School Admissions Policy (pdf) for details - and decisions will be issued in January 2018 and then each month.  

As the Glan Llyn school will not open until September 2018 it will not be possible to allocate any Rising 3 places in January or April 2018. 

If your child is given a nursery place at the new Glan Llyn school any previous offer you have received will be automatically withdrawn. 

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.

Rising 3 places

Once allocated a September nursery place, children born between 1 September and 31 March may be offered an early start in the term following their third birthday, if places are available.

This is commonly referred to as a Rising 3 place.

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

If Rising 3 places are available, eligible pupils will be offered an early start at their allocated nursery as follows:

  • On 30 November 2017 for January 2018 Rising 3 places
  • On 2 March 2018 for April 2018 Rising 3 places


For nursery places in the private sector contact Newport Family Information Service