Preschools in Jersey

What is a Preschool?

Preschools provide sessional care and learning for children for children over two years of age to school entry age for a maximum period of five hours per session.

A list of Jersey preschools with their details is available on this website.

General Information

  • Most will only take children who are toilet trained.
  • Number of Children.  This can vary from 22 children to 38.
  • The ratio of adults to children is 1:4 for 2-3 year olds; 1:8 for 3-4 year olds.
  • These are usually term time only and can be shorter hours, which can suit a part-time working parent.  Most offer morning sessions, but some do offer afternoons too.
  • If you require extra time, some do offer holiday sessions.
  • Most private preschools require a deposit.  This can range from £50-£500.
  • 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.  You can check on the website.

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, about whether they watch television or how they discipline children.

Statutory Requirements

  • Managers have qualifications in Management (Level 4) and Childcare and Education (Level 3).
  • 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 preschools 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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