Admission to Nursery

Nursery class

Ordinarily your child will begin their nursery place in the September following their third birthday. However:

  • Children born between 1 September and 31 December may be offered an early start from the January following their third birthday, if places are available

  • Children born between 1 January and 31 March may be offered an early start from the April following their third birthday, if places are available

  • Children born between 1 April and 31 August are not eligible for an early start

You can choose Welsh-medium, English-medium or a faith-based education and you do not need to be fluent in Welsh or even a Welsh speaker for your child to attend a Welsh–medium school.

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 making an application, you are applying for a September place and letting us know whether you would be interested in an early start (Rising 3 place), if places are available. To be offered an early start, all of the following must apply:

  • Your child is born between 1 September and 31 March

  • You have been allocated a September nursery place

  • Early starts are available in the nursery you have been allocated for September

  • You requested an early start when submitting your application

3 ways to make a nursery application for September 2024

  • Apply online from: online applications have now closed.
  • Print out an application form (pdf) and post it to us at: School Admissions Team, Newport City Council, Civic Centre, Newport. NP20 4UR  
  • Call 01633 656656 to request an application form and post it to us at the above address.  
  • Closing date: 15 September 2023, 5pm

How September 2024 places have been allocated (pdf)

Nursery September 2023 

For admission to Nursery outside the annual admissions round including Nursery 2023 you will need to make an in-year transfer application


[email protected] for questions about community nursery places.

Newport Family Information Service for information about places in the private sector and/or the childcare offer.

Telephone: (01633) 656656