Apply for a full-time primary school place (4-years olds)

Page updated on: 08/09/2023

Important information: This page is for full time Primary (4-year old) applications only. We only accept applications for schools in Carmarthenshire, if you are applying for a school in another County, please contact them directly.

At the age of 4-years old your child is eligible to attend primary school full time. However, you do not have to send your children to school until they are 5-years old, but many parents find this early start beneficial. We recommend that you contact the school you’d like your child to attend before you apply. Contacting the school and speaking to the teachers is a great way of knowing if you’re making the right choice for you and your child. Only once you have made an application and had confirmation from us that your child has been accepted, can your child start school.

Find a primary school.

If you are considering sending your child to one of the Voluntary Aided (faith) primary schools, (Model, Penboyr, Pentip, St Mary’s Carmarthen, St Mary’s Llanelli) in addition to applying via this website, parents will be asked to complete the school paper application form as well.


Born between

School start date

 Application date

Notification date

Primary education (4 to 11 years)

1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021

September 2024 or January/April 2025

 31 January 2024

16 April 2024 - or the next  working day

If you've missed the deadline, you can still make a late application, but it may affect your chances of getting a place.


Born between

School start date

Application deadline

Notification date

Primary education (4 to 11 years)

1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020

September 2023 or January/April 2024

31 January 2023

April 2023

We only accept applications for Carmarthenshire schools, and you can only apply online. You will need to provide the following information:

  • Parent / guardians nameand address
  • Parent / guardians email**
  • Childs name, address and date of birth
  • Choice of school – you can choose up to three schools in order of preference

Anyone with parental responsibility must agree to this application before you submit it.
** If you don’t have an e-mail address you cannot apply. Please visit your local school and they will assist you with your online application.

You will receive an e-mail acknowledgement of your application where you can print a copy of the completed form for your records. All correspondence about your application will be sent via e-mail.

If your application is submitted on time, you will be notified on April 16th or the next working day e.g. Term starts in September 2024 you will be notified on April 16th 2024 or the next working day.

If your application was late, it reduces your chances of getting a place and we can’t guarantee your child will start at the beginning of term. We will notify you as soon as possible but the application process can take up to six weeks.

If you are offered a place, you must accept or decline the place you’ve been offered by the date noted on the e-mail. If you don’t your place may be withdrawn. Once you’ve accepted your child’s place you MUST contact the school to agree a start date.

We only refuse a child’s school place if the year you are applying for is full. However, if your child is refused a school place to any of your chosen Primary schools, there is a right to appeal against this decision. Please see the Appeals page for more information. You will also need to inform us in writing if you wish your child's name to be kept on a waiting list until 30th September and if a place becomes available, we’ll let you know. You can make a late application for other schools.

Apply for a full-time primary school place (4-year olds)

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