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Apply for a nursery place

In Swansea all primary schools provide part-time nursery education.

From September 2021 onwards, schools in Swansea will be responsible for the administration of their nursery applications and parents wishing to apply for a nursery place for the coming academic year can do so by contacting the school of their choice directly. The school will provide parents with an admission application form to complete which will need to be returned directly to the school.


How to apply for a nursery place

Please contact the school directly to request an application form.

When completing the form the pupil's main residential address should be used (not the address of grandparents, other family members or childminders). For more detailed information regarding the home address please refer to our school admission arrangements.


When can children start nursery?

Children can access a part-time nursery place from the start of the term after they have turned 3, or the day after their 3rd birthday, and depending on the provision and availability of places at a school. Nursery provision is non-statutory which means that parents can decide whether or not they want to take up a nursery place for their child.

For information on the Government funded childcare offer, please refer to: Government funded childcare offer.

Important information to consider before applying for a nursery place

You can submit an application for a place at your catchment school or any other school for which you may have a preference. It is not always possible for children to be admitted to a nursery class within the catchment area for their home address or your preferred school. If there is not a place available in the nursery provision, your child's name will be placed on a waiting list. There is no right of appeal against the refusal to offer a nursery place in a specific school.

Children attending the nursery class of a school will not have an automatic right of admission to full time education in the Reception class at the same school. Parents will need to apply for a place in Reception along with other applicants.

If a school is oversubscribed, places are allocated in accordance with the council's admission arrangements and oversubscription criteria.

You may wish to visit schools before making a decision about which schools to apply for and visits to school should be arranged directly with the headteacher of the school. School websites also provide useful information about schools.

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