School Admissions Changes

Powys Local Authority has changed the age of admission for pupils attending its schools so that from 1 September 2017 there will be only one school intake in each school year - at the beginning of the Autumn Term after a child has attained their 4th birthday.

Pupils born between Can start School
1 September 2013 – 31 August 2014 September 2018
1 September 2014 – 31 August 2015 September 2019
1 September 2015 – 31 August 2016 September 2020
1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017 September 2021

What does this mean for Parents/Carers?

To enrol your child in a pre-school setting you should contact the setting of your choice during the term of your child’s 3rd birthday.  A current list of providers in your area is available here.

Admission arrangements will change during 2018-19 as Powys plans to manage the admissions process for all pre-school settings from September 2018.  More information will be provided when available.

There is no guarantee that a child who attends a pre-school setting at a Powys school will be able to attend the attached primary school.  You will need to apply for a place by completing an Application Form and returning it to the Admissions and Transport Team by the closing date for applications in January 2018.  Note:  Church Aided primary schools manage their own admission arrangements and you will need to contact the school to apply for a place for your child.

3 and 4 Year Old Provision (Pre-School)

A child can attend a registered and funded pre-school setting, such as a nursery, Cylch Meithrin or a playgroup, from the beginning of the term following their 3rd birthday.

From September 2017 pre-school provision for 3 and 4 year olds will increase from the current 10 hours to 12.5 hours per week. 

If your child was born between

Eligible Term to Commence


1 April and 31 August

Autumn Term after 3rd birthday

1 September and 31 December

Spring Term after 3rd birthday

1 January and 31 March

Summer Term after 3rd birthday


Activities are based on Foundation Phase principles and offer good quality experiential learning.  Learning is informal and appropriate to the age and stage of the child.

All settings approved as providers of funded Early Years Education are monitored by the Powys Foundation Phase Team, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) and HM Inspectorate (Estyn)

Find out which settings provide funded Early Years Education here

For more information please contact:

Helen Stock


Phone: 01597 826962

Address: Transforming Early Years, Powys County Hall, Spa Road East, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG