Nursery admissions

Nursery Admissions Round 2023

The admissions round for Nursery for the academic year commences on the 6th September 2022 and closes on 14th October 2022. Only applications received by the published closing date, with relevant supporting evidence for the receipt of application forms, will be considered in the initial round of allocations of pupils. Forms received after this date, or incomplete forms, may result in a child being refused a place at their chosen nursery school. 

Important dates for you as a parent to note can be viewed here: School & Nursery Admission Dates 2023

Going to Nursery

All children living in Blaenau Gwent are entitled to a free part-time education place at the start of the term following their 3rd birthday (e.g. if your child is 3 years of age on the 16th December 2022, they would be entitled to a nursery place from January 2023). This is commonly referred to as a ‘Rising 3’ place. Admission to nursery settings is usually on a part-time/ half-day basis for five days per week. 

  • If your child is 3 years old between 1 September 2022 and 31 December 2022 they will be eligible for a Rising 3 place in the spring term, January 2023.
  • If your child is 3 years old between 1 January 2023 and 16 April 2023 they will be eligible for a Rising 3 place in the summer term, April 2023.
  • If your child is 3 years old between 17 April 2023 and 31 August 2023 they will be eligible for Rising 3 place in the autumn term, September 2023.

If you wish for your child to attend a nursery setting at any of the schools outlined within the ‘Starting Schools Booklet’ you will need to apply for a nursery place before the closing date of the 14th October 2022. 

Applications to take up Foundation Phase Nursery entitlement at non-maintained childcare settings (Tiggys Day Care, Acorns Playgroup, Cylch Meithrin Brynithel) need to be made directly to the setting required. The Starting School booklet contains contact details for these settings.

In the case of Welsh Medium Education, the admission authority (Blaenau Gwent Council) is responsible for placing pupils at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Helyg. These pupils are then allocated a place at either the Blaina or Tredegar Campus by Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Helyg Leadership team and Governing Body.

News: Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Helyg will be opening a seedling provision in Tredegar from September 2023 for Nursery and Reception Pupils.

Please register and complete the following form fornursery admissions. 

If you are still unsure about which school to choose for your child, please see our Starting Schools Booklet.

For more information on the School Admissions Process please refer to the Blaenau Gwent School Admissions Policy for Nursery and Statutory Education 2023/24.

For further information on the admissions process or to request a copy of the Starting Schools Booklet, please email:   

Related Documents

Contact Information

Name of Team: Education Transformation team, School Admissions

Telephone Number: (01495) 355493 / (01495) 355340

Please note, a member of the team will be available to answer any calls between the hours of 9am to 12 noon every day,  if you need to speak to someone outside of these hours please email the school admissions email address below, to  request a call back and a member of the team will get back to you.

Address: Education Directorate, Floor 8, Anvil Court, Abertillery, NP13 1DB

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