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Pre-nursery and nursery school admissions

Children are eligible for a pre-nursery place from the school term after their third birthday. The appropriate time to register your child’s details is at the age of two.

A leaflet was sent to you advising you of the process.

How to apply for a pre-nursery and nursery school place

Applications are made by completing a pre-nursery and nursery application form.  Forms are available for download and can be sent to the School Admissions Team for processing.  Alternatively, forms can be requested by phone on 01685 725000.

If you choose to apply by post it is your responsibility to make sure we received it. We recommend that posted forms are sent via recorded delivery as we will not acknowledge that your form is received.  

We are not responsible for forms returned by post and missing forms cannot be investigated without evidence of posting.

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Before applying
How we tell you about the outcome of your application

For pre-nursery applications you will be notified in writing of the decision as follows:

Children born between these dates Will start pre-nursery Notification posted
1 April 2015 - 31 August 2015 September 2018 May 2018
1 September 2015 - 31 December 2015 January 2019 November 2018
1 January 2016 - 31 March 2016 After Easter 2019 February 2019

Please note: Nursery admissions for September 2019, parents will be notified in writing on the 10 May 2019.

Information for Parents

Detailed information about school admissions can be found in A Guide to Policy and School Admission Arrangements 2019 -2020 and the School Admissions Policy for 2019 - 2020.

The entry of children into primary schools is controlled and administered by an 'Admissions Authority’ except for voluntary aided schools. For non-voluntary aided schools this is Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and for voluntary aided schools it’s the Governing body of the school.

Admissions to primary schools will normally be granted provided a schools admission number is not exceeded. Where the number of applications for admission to a school exceeds the number of places available, i.e. where an admission number has been reached, places will be allocated by applying the published oversubscription criteria.

Voluntary Aided Schools

There are 3 voluntary aided primary schools in Merthyr Tydfil. Each Voluntary Aided Schools Governing Body manages their own admissions and should be contacted directly.

Please Note: Where parents knowingly give false information in order to obtain the advantage of a particular school for their child to which they would not otherwise be entitled, the council reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place. Parents may render themselves guilty of an offence under Section 5(b) of the Perjury Act 1911.

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