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Nursery school admissions

School offers were announced on Wednesday 17th April for all applications that were received on time.  We have done this ahead of the planned deadline (April 22) to support parents and give them more time with their offers.

There are a number of children who have been declined places. As you will appreciate this is a stressful time for families concerned. Please notify us by Tuesday 7th May 2019 if you wish to accept or decline the community place offered to you by the Council as this will enable us to reallocate places as soon as possible.

In the event we are notified that you have accepted an offer with another admission authority for example, Out of County or Voluntary Aided School, the offer of a Community School place will be withdrawn.

Please note that the allocation of morning and afternoon places will be decided by the Head teacher.

If you have not been offered a place in a Community School the Admissions Team have arranged for you to be sent details of Community Schools that still have nursery places available and how to apply for an alternative place.

Please be aware that parents have no statutory right of appeal under the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998 for applications to Nursery education.

If you would like further advice, you can contact the School Admissions Team​.

​Children are entitled to a part-time nursery place from the start of the term after they have turned 3.  

They will stay in nursery school until the September after their fourth birthday when they start reception class in primary school

If you require support with the portal please contact C2C ​on 029 2087 2087.
If you submitted an online application you will receive information via email. If you submitted a paper form you will receive information by post. You will receive information that is relevant to your specific application. ​
Any application where all preferences were refused will also receive the information via post.
You can download copies of the generic information provided with each offer:

How to apply for a Nursery School place

If you have provided us with your child’s details you will receive information about the application process.

Before completing the online application, please read School Admissions Booklet (3MB PDF)​​​​Link opens in a new window ​​​​

Providing your child's detail​s

You can provide us with your child's details so that we can provide you with information on the​ application process at the appropriate time.

Send us your child’s details via our contact us form or by post to:

Schools Admissions
County Hall
CF10 4UW
You can also call the admissions office on:

029 2087 2909 (this is an automated phone service).

You must give us your child’s full name, address, and date of birth.

Your preferred school

​We recommend that you visit schools before you complete your application. Each school has its own prospectus and staff are happy to show parents around if you make an appointment. View list of schools.


Please note that Roman Catholic schools and some Church in Wales schools have separate admission arrangements to other LA schools. Please contact the school directly for more information.

If you would like help to complete your application form you can visit one of our advice hubs​. 

The benefits of applying online include:

  • ​You can access the service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week up to the closing date.
  • Be confident your data is secure and protected.
  • Receive a confirmation email that ensures your application has been submitted.
  • Change your application up to the closing date.
  • Get your offer email without waiting for a letter in the post.
  • There is no risk your application will be lost in the post
  • You will receive an email confirming receipt that your application has been submitted and received by the Authority. 

Please take note of the important dates listed in the table so that you know:


  • when the application process starts, 

  • the deadline for applying, and​
  • when you will be notified of the result of your application.​

​​Children born between 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016
Monday 14th January 2019
Online application service opens.
Preference forms will be available from Hubs​.
​Monday 18th February 2019
Closing date for receipt of preference forms and online applications.

Any application received after this date will be considered late and will not be considered in the first round. Schools may already be full by the later rounds.​
Monday 22nd April 2019
Notification of result of applications.
Online applicants will receive an email.
Preference form applicants will receive a letter posted on this date.

Important dates, details of Early Years funding and other information about applying for a school place can be found in the Admissions to Schools Booklet (3mb PDF)​​​​Link opens in a new window

If you have missed the deadline for applying for a nursery school place you will need to complete a late application form (1.19mb PDF)​​​Link opens in a new window ​​​​


We will consider late applications after all on-time applications have been processed. Details of our admissions criteria are available in our Schools Admissions Booklet (3mb PDF)​​​​Link opens in a new window ​​ We normally process late applications on a monthly basis.

If you have a question or would like more information, please co​ntact us.



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