Playcare Centres

Playcare Centres in Jersey

What is a Playcare Centre?

Playcare centres provide care for school age children before and after school hours and during school holidays.

A list of Jersey playcare centres can be found on this website.

General Information

  • The number of children that can be accommodated varies, ranging from 17-200.
  • The staff to child ratio is 1:8 for under 5 years and 1:10 for over 5 years old.
  • Some playcare centres may require a small deposit.

Parents’ Top Tips

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

  • Make sure they have sufficient resources, particularly whether they offer outside space.
  • Check they offer a range of regular activities.

Statutory Requirements

  • All staff are required to have: a satisfactory ‘fit person’ check (includes DBS and Health check), First Aid qualification, Safeguarding and Infection control.
  • A minimum of 75% of the staff have a playwork and or childcare qualification.
  • All playcare centres are registered annually by Childcare Registration in the Education Department. Top tip: check when they last re-registered and if it was more than 12 months ago ask why.

For more information on playcare centres, see the childcare pages of the Gov.je website.

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