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​​​​​​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 need support with the portal please contact C2C ​on 029 2087 2087.
If you submitted an online application you will receive your Nursery place offer via Email. You will receive information that is relevant to your specific application. ​
Any application that has been refused will receive the information via post, rather than by Email.​

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 the School Admissions Booklet (5.59MB PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window​​​​

Providing your child's detail​s

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

You can also call us on:

029 2087 2087

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 1st September 2017 - 31st August 2018
Monday 18th January 2021
Online application service opens.
​Monday 22nd Febuary 2021
Closing date for receipt of 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 26th April 2021
Notification of result of applications.
Online applicants will receive an email.

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 Nursery Form at one of the Council’s Hubs (after 22nd Febuary 2021​).


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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