Children are eligible for a part time nursery place, usually five mornings or five afternoons, from the term after their third birthday.
Nursery 2023-24 Application Letter
Nursery 2023-24 Late Application Form
- Opening Date: 27th January 2023
- Closing Date: 24th March 2023
- Offer Date: The offer date for your child will depend upon the term in which they begin Nursery, please see below:
You will be notified of the decision as follows, If your child was born between:
1 September 2019 - 31 August 2020 - They will start nursery in September 2023. Notification will be posted on 19th May 2023
1 September 2020 - 31 December 2020 - They will start nursery in January 2024. Notification will be posted on 25th October 2023
1 January 2021 - 31 March 2021 - They will start nursery after Easter 2024. Notification will be posted on 17 January 2024
School Organisational Changes
To meet increased demand for primary education in the Cowbridge area, Cowbridge Comprehensive School will become an all through 3-19 school from September 2023, providing 210 primary and 48 nursery places. A nursery unit will be established at Cowbridge School for September 2023 with 48 places available for parents of nursery age children to apply for a place.
The catchment area for the primary phase at Cowbridge Comprehensive School will mirror that of Y Bont Faen Primary School, which also provides nursery provision. As with all applications, it is therefore important that parents submit more than one school preference on their application form.
St Nicholas C/W Primary
In order to meet requirements for nursery provision at the school, a nursery unit will be established at St Nicholas C/W Primary School for September 2023 with 24 places available for parents of nursery age children to apply for a place. A new 126 place school with additional 24 part time nursery places will be built replacing the previous school building.
As with all applications, it is therefore important that parents submit more than one school preference on their application form.
More information on the Council’s 21st Century Schools Programme can be found on the Council’s website
Please apply on time. You can view important dates during the application process for a school place below. If you miss the closing date you cannot make a late application online. You will need to complete a late application form on paper. Missing the application deadline could significantly affect your chance of getting the place you want.
Late applications will not be considered during the initial round of allocations on the publicised offer date. Many schools will be fully subscribed after the first round, so it is important to submit your application on time to have the best chance of securing a place at your preferred school. Following the first round of allocations, all late applications received will be considered along with any children on the waiting list.
Childcare Offer for Wales in the Vale of Glamorgan
The Childcare Offer
The Childcare Offer provides eligible working parents of 3 to 4 year olds with childcare funding, for up to 48 weeks a year. The childcare funding starts from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday and ends just before your child enters full-time education.
In term time, you could receive up to 17.5 hours per week of funded childcare in registered childcare provision. In the school holidays, you could receive up to 30 hours per week of funded childcare in registered childcare provision, allocated at three holiday weeks per term.
Please note: minimum and maximum earnings criteria apply.
For more information, application dates and the Childcare Offer application, please go to: The Childcare Offer
The Childcare Offer and Starting Nursery Education
This video explains the difference between Childcare Offer funding and starting nursery education in the Vale of Glamorgan:
Register your Child's Details
If your child is not yet of school age but you would like to be informed of when the Nursery process opens you can
Register your details
In the event of over-subscription, places are allocated in accordance with the Councils' admission criteria with priority given to catchment children. Full details of admission criteria are listed in our Parental Guide to School Admissions 2023-24.
To find out your catchment nursery please enter your postcode:
In order to assist all parents/carers, school admission forms are available in the following languages: