School Admissions - Nursery Schools

Within Torfaen there are a range of settings available to nursery age children both maintained by the Authority and within the private and voluntary sector. 

It is the Authority's policy to admit children to it's Nursery schools and nursery units (known as maintained nurseries) from the beginning of the term following a childs third birthday. (Autumn Term is 1st September - 31st December, Spring Term is 1st January - 31st March, Summer Term is 1st April - 31st August).

Places are allocated on a part-time basis (morning or afternoon sessions only) for five days per week. In certain limited circumstances, full-time placements can be offered to 4 year olds. 

If you choose for your child to attend a nursery in a voluntary or private sector which is approved by the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales, and registered as an education provider by the LA, the Authority will fund your child's placement on a part-time basis (minimum of 10 educational hours over 4 or 5 sessions per week or 3 full days) (minimum of 7 hours per day).

The level of funding will be comparable with that of a four year old in a maintained provision and this currently equates to £10 per day following a childs third birthday.

Where a child attends a Private Day Nursery, parents will be responsible for any additional payments over and above the funding allocated by the LA. 

September 2023 admissions

The closing date for September 2023 admissions is Friday 7th October 2022 and therefore any forms submitted after this date will be classed as a late application and will be considered after all applications which were received on time.

You can download a Nursery School - Admission Form here or alternatively one can be obtained from the nursery school/unit or by contacting School Admissions on 01495 766915 or email, and returned to the nursery school unit of your choice.

Parents will be notified of the outcome of their application via the education service by 25th November 2022 (September 2023 4 year olds and January 2023 rising 3’s). For those pupils attending April rising 3’s, parents will be informed by Friday 27th January 2023.

Parents/carers choosing a private or voluntary setting should take the application form to the setting of their choice, who will apply for the funding on their behalf.

Full details of the Authority's Nursery provision can be found in the Parents / Carers Information Booklet or by contacting Kath Worwood, Admissions Manager on 01495 766915. 

Details of nursery provision can also be obtained from head teachers of primary schools with nursery units attached.

Details of voluntary and private providers can be obtained from the leaders/managers of the playgroup and Private Nurseries or in the Parents / Carers Information Booklet.

For more information about admissions to Playgroups, Cylchoedd Meithrin and Private Day Nurseries please contact Torfaen Family Information Service on 08000 196330 or email

Details regarding The Childcare Offer For Wales (30 hours Childcare) can be found here.

Last Modified: 17/05/2023
For more information contact:

School Admissions

Tel: 01495 766915

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