Foundation Phase Nursery Admissions

A child can be admitted  from the term following their third birthday providing there are places available.  This can be in a Local Authority maintained nursery school or in a private setting which may be a playgroup or private day nursery.

Monmouthshire has 12 Local Authority maintained school nurseries and Children are required to attend 5 sessions per week for a half day session and will be given either a morning or an afternoon place.  Schools expect pupils attending the nursery to take up all sessions that are available to them.

In-Year Applications

In-Year applications can be made at any time for admissions outside of the normal admission round.

Applying for September 2021

If your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 you can apply for a 2021 nursery school place between 8th July 2020 and 18th September 2020.  Monmouthshire County Council has an online admission application system, which will be available for you to use when making your child’s application.  The system enables you to view and amend your child’s application up until the closing date of 18th September 2020 at Midnight.

Guidance notes to help you complete your application.

Decision letters for September 2021 places will be issued on the 2nd November 2020.

Children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st December 2017 may be offered an early start from January 2021.

Children born between 1st January 2018 and 31st March 2018 may be offered an early start from April 2021.

Children born between 1st April 2018 and 31st August 2018 are not eligible for an early start.

Decision letters offering an early start of places are available will be issued:

  • On 2nd November 2020 for a January 2021 start (beginning of Spring Term).
  • on 8th March 2021 for an April 2021 start (beginning of Summer Term).

Over-subscription Criteria

Where there are more applications than places available the following criteria will be applied in order to determine who will get the places available:

1 – Looked after children or previously looked after children i.e. children that are in the care of or have previously been in the care of a local authority

2 – Medical or social grounds highlighted by appropriate agencies.

3 – Children who have relevant sibling in attendance at the preferred nursery.

4 – After applying the categories above, or should the school continue to be in a position of over-subscription in any of the above categories, priority will be based on closeness to the preferred school, measured using the shortest safe walking route.  You will be asked to provide any appropriate documentation necessary to verify your home addresses.

You will be asked to provide any appropriate documentation necessary to verify your home addresses.

Applications to attend non-maintained approved nurseries, playgroups or Cylchoedd Meithrin can be obtained directly from the settings.  Contact numbers can be found on this website by using the Childcare Search Facility. 

Foundation Phase Nursery Funding (FPN)

There are a number of non-maintained settings that are approved to provide early education. (You can see the full list here.) This means that they follow the Foundation Phase curriculum and are inspected by Estyn to ensure that the education they offer is of an acceptable level.

Catchment areas for school nurseries do not apply. Parents may choose either a school nursery or non-maintained approved setting in Monmouthshire.

Funding is available from the beginning of the term following the child’s third birthday (term dates are defined as 1st January, 1st April and 1st September regardless of when school holidays fall).

The funding is currently set at £7.00 per session (2 hours), for five sessions a week, as long as these sessions are on different days. The funding is comparable with the funding school nurseries receive per part time pupil. Your child is permitted to attend each setting for the two hours a day free of charge but if the session is longer than two hours and you wish your child to stay for the full session available, you will be required to pay a top-up fee.

Providers will be required to complete a claim form detailing the children registered at the setting and confirming their date of birth. Providers will be required to verify children’s date of birth by examination of the child’s birth certificate.

Providers will be funded once a term and the Local Authority will aim to pay providers within four weeks of receiving their claim. Invoices must be received within three weeks of the start of term. Parents should not be asked to sign parental application forms prior to six weeks before the start of term. The forms (invoices) submitted by providers will be subject to checks by the Local Authority to verify the total claims against pupil details.

There will be no adjustments to funding once the provider has received it; therefore, if a child leaves the setting during the term, the provider can keep the grant to maintain staffing levels for the rest of that term.

If a child is attending a school nursery and an approved non-maintained setting, funding cannot be claimed for the non-maintained setting as the funding for that child is with the school nursery. Funding can, however, be shared between more than one approved non-maintained settings for up to five sessions a week, as long as the sessions are on different days.

Cross border funding agreements have been negotiated with Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Torfaen and Powys Local Authorities. Cross border funding agreements are also in place for certain areas of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

Monmouthshire County Council do not provide any financial support for childcare places, which includes parents who receive benefits of any kind.  There may be some support available through other avenues, such as tax free childcare and the 30 hour free childcare offer for eligible working parents. More details of these schemes can be found here.

If you require further information on Early Years funding please contact the Early Years Team on 01633 644527.

If you require further information about nursery admissions please contact The School and Student Access Unit on 01633 644508 or by emailing [email protected]