Nursery Education for 3 and 4 Year Old Children in Torfaen

In Torfaen there are a range of settings available to nursery age children both maintained by the Local Authority and from the private and voluntary sectors.

At what age will my child be able to go to nursery?

Your child can start nursery at the start of the school academic year (September) in which he/she will be four years old (i.e. when you child is three years old). Sometimes it is possible to start from the beginning of the term following a child's third birthday (rather than having to wait until the September), if places are available.

What times will my child be at nursery?

Nursery education funded places in Torfaen are allocated on a part-time basis (morning or afternoon sessions only) for five days per week. In certain limited circumstances, full time placements may be offered to four year olds

How do I apply?

You should receive an application form in the post in the September before your child's third birthday. If you have not received an application form by the end of September of that year, contact the Admissions team on 01495 766915.

Parents will be notified of the outcome of their application via the school/unit for which they applied.

What will my child do in nursery education?

Nursery schools and classes are part of the Foundation Phase. Through well-planned play, children will develop skills such as speaking, listening, persistence, concentration, learning to co-operate with other children, as well as early reading, writing and numbers. This will help ensure that your child experiences the best possible start to his/her education.

How do I find a nursery school or class?

Details of all the Local Authority nursery schools and classes are included in the Torfaen Parent/ Carers Schools Information Booklet 2016. Parents of children eligible for a nursery place during the 2016/2017 academic year (as well as those who may be eligible to start from January or April 2017) will be sent an application form in September 2016. Applications for January,April and September 2017 will close 6th October 2016. Schools will inform parents of places the end of November 2016.

Academic Year 2015/2016

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Academic Year 2014/2015

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Can my child attend a Playgroup or Day Nursery and still be funded for nursery education?

Some playgroups, cylchoedd meithrin and private day nurseries in Torfaen are registered to provide nursery education. Torfaen Local Education Authority can fund your child's placement at one of these settings on a part-time basis for a minimum of 10 hours over 4 to 5 days or 3 full days (403 per term). Where a child attends a private day nursery, parents will be responsible for any additional cost over and above the funding allocated by Torfaen County Borough Council.

Registered nursery education providers from the private/voluntary sector are also listed in the Schools Information Booklet. You can contact Torfaen Family Information Service on freephone 0800 0196 330 or email fis@torfaen.gov.uk to request details of registered nursery education providers at any time.


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