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Education and childcare

​Please allow time for children and young people to settle and recover on arrival and do not rush to apply for a school place. 
You or your host family can apply for a place for your child at a school in Cardiff. You will need to apply for a school place through the School A​dmissions process.​
You can choose which schools you wish to apply for, but it is not guaranteed that your child will get a place at that school. We would encourage you to find out a bit more about the schools in your area.
Your sponsor should be able to tell you which school is nearest to where you will live but you can also look at a map of schools in Cardiff.

The school year in Wales starts each September so you will need to complete what is known as an ‘in-year’ application.

Once you have decided which schools you want to apply for you can complete an online application.​ You will need an email address to create an account. 

If you need help with the application process, or you would like advice about schools with vacancies, please contact C2C on 029 2087 2087 or visit Cardiff Central Library.​ 

The Refugee Education UK website​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window provides advice and support to help young refugees access education.

Support for Families, Children and Young People 

Cardiff Family Advice and support offers a range of information, advice and assistance for children, young people and their families in Cardiff. The team can provide information and advice on: 

  • Family life
  • Child behaviour
  • Childcare
  • Parental support
  • School attendance
  • Employment, money and housing
  • Information and signposting to other services 


Cardiff Family Gateway 

The Family Gateway is a contact point for any professional, parent, child or young person to get the information, advice and assistance you need in Cardiff.

The Family Gateway Contact Officers are available to listen to your situation, identify what support is best for you and can help you access it. 

The Family Gateway team can help you find support services including: 

  • money advice,
  • housing,
  • welfare benefits,
  • child behaviour,
  • childcare,
  • school attendance,
  • health and well-being,
  • parental support and much more.​

The Family Gateway team work alongside other specialist teams when and where families need additional support. 

Contact the Family Gateway on 03000 133 133 or email ​

Find out more on Cardiff Family Gateway.​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Childcare services

You can get help with the cost of childcare depending on your circumstances. 

Read our information about paying for childcare to see what you could be entitled to.


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