Day Nurseries

Day Nurseries in Jersey

What is a Day Nursery?

Day nurseries provide all day, year-round care and learning for children, from birth to school entry age.

A list of Jersey nurseries and their details is available on this website.

General Information

  • Check if the setting is participating in the 20 free hours per week for children in the academic year before your child starts reception class in school.  This is during term time only (38 weeks) but runs for the whole of that preschool year.  Check on the Gov.je website.
  • The ratio of adults to children are 1:3 for babies, 1:4 for 2-3 year olds and 1:8 for 3-5 year olds.
  • Most require a deposit which can range from £50-£500.
  • Most have key workers for individual children to ensure they get the attention they need while still enjoying the social side of a nursery community.
  • Some provide cooked meals, check with them to find out.
  • Some may have higher qualified staff, for example carers who have trained as teachers or done degree-level Early Childhood Studies, though this not a requirement.
  • They can offer shorter sessions for flexibility, which can be great if you work part-time or simply wish your child to have time socialising without you there.
  • The group setting provides opportunities for children to interact with lots of other children.
  • They often have specific rooms for the different age groups, for example, they may have a baby room, an in-between room and a preschool room so that they can cater effectively for the needs of the children as they grow.

Parents’ Top Tips

Please note: these are opinions from parents and are not those of the Trust.

  • Ask the Manager about their levels of staff turnover.  A higher staff turnover offers less opportunity to form stronger bonds with carers.
  • Ask key staff members how long they have worked there.  Also ask what they enjoy about working there, as this can give you a different perspective.
  • The best guide is your own gut reaction to a place.  Does it feel warm and friendly?  Is it clean?  Do the staff seem caring, calm and confident?
  • With a higher number of children around there is a higher chance of infection.  Common complaints include colds and headlice, but also other childhood illnesses such as chicken pox and slap cheek can spread easily in group environments.  You may think this is good for their immune system or be concerned for these things spreading to siblings.
  • Ask questions that are important to you.  For example, what is their policy on the children having time outside, on naps (where do they go to sleep), about whether they watch television or how they discipline children.

Statutory Requirements

  • A minimum of 75% of the staff have a childcare and education qualification.
  • All staff are required to have: a satisfactory ‘fit person’ check (includes DBS and Health check), First Aid qualification, Safeguarding and Infection control.
  • All day nurseries are registered annually by Childcare Registration in the Education Department.

Please note: unlike England, there is no public information giving an insight into each setting, outlining areas of strength or developmental need.

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