Nursery Education Fund (NEF) FAQs

Families in Jersey have an opportunity to access free early learning for their child before they start formal schooling.    The States will pay for up to 30 hours of nursery education each week for 38 weeks a year term time only.   The scheme is for children who will turn four between 1st September and 31st August in the year before they start primary school.  Go to for more information.  List of NEF Provisions

Different early learning providers offer different attendance options, such as mornings only, school hours or full days, so you should ask for more information early on.

You should contact a day nursery, preschool or school directly to apply for a place for your child.

You can apply for a place at a States primary school while you look at other options.

You can register for a School Nursery place at any time, but we suggest you do it as soon as you can as most allocations are based on the date of registration.

There is no catchment area priority for Nursery places, so you can apply to any school, day nursery or preschool. However, if your catchment school has a nursery, it makes sense to apply there so that your child does not have to move to a different primary school when they start reception.

You will receive a letter in the Spring before starting the NEF.

The day nursery or preschool will contact you directly when you have a place.

You can buy extra hours each day at the States school nursery, day nursery or preschool so that your child can stay for a full day.

A day nursery is open all year round so you will have to pay for the school holidays. This is usually added together and evenly deducted each month.

A preschool follows the school hours so will close for the school holidays.

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