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States to livestream public meeting on L'Ancresse East proposals
Friday 18 August 2017

A second public presentation on the proposed managed realignment of the coast at L'Ancresse is being held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22nd August.

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July 2017 unemployment
Friday 18 August 2017

There were 284 people unemployed at the end of July 2017, a decrease of 37 on the June 2017 figure.

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Prestigious speakers flying in for Early Years Conference
Thursday 17 August 2017

Parents and professionals working with young children will have the chance to hear from leaders in the field of Early Years education at a special one day conference being hosted in Guernsey on 2nd September.

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Pre-school education in the Bailiwick is predominantly provided by the private sector.

High quality early years experience provides a firm foundation on which to build future academic, social and emotional success.

The law currently requires children who reach the age of five before 1 September in a particular year to attend school for the next academic year. However, we have agreed that children who reach the age of four years on or before 31 August may also start school from the beginning of the academic year, if accommodation and staffing levels allow.

These four and five year olds are accepted into their catchment school's Reception or Year 1 classes depending on their age (see our school admissions policy).

Many children attend private pre-schools before starting school.

All pre-schools will work within the Early Years Quality Standards Framework from January 2017. A copy of the Framework is available to download from this page.

From January 2017, all three to four-year-olds are entitled to free, quality, pre-school provision for up to 15 hours per week, 38 weeks a year (term time only), supported by the States of Guernsey (NB this entitlement has now been extended until July 2018).

This entitlement is being delivered through a partnership with private providers.

The Assembly agreed to the funding for the implementation of the entitlement following a debate in November 2015. The proposals were amended with regards to the detail of funding sources and a cap set on entitlement to only those with a joint household income of under £150,000. 

Please read a copy of the Parent/Carer leaflet available from this page on how to apply for your free pre-school entitlement.

A list of pre-school and day nurseries who will offer the entitlement is also available on this page.

You can also access a wealth of supporting information about pre-school provision including a number of key performance indicators.

Downloads

FAQ Fact Sheet for Parents/Carers re Sep 2017 entitlement Development Matters - Guidance for Early Years Foundation Stage SEY CPD Diary Autumn 2017 Child Protection Training - E-Learning Parent/Carer leaflet - applying for 15 hours free pre-school entitlement for 3-4 year olds List of pre-school providers signed up to 15 hours entitlement Aug 2017 Parent/Carer Declaration Form - Free Early Years Funding Early Years Quality Standards Framework 2016-17 Self-Evaluation Review & Guidance (SER) Key Performance Indicators for Pre-School Childminders' Standards (updated 2017) All Registered Early Years Providers 2017 Childminder Vacancy list Creche Standards (updated 2017) Out of School Care Standards (updated 2017)

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Write to us:
Early Years Service

Le Rondin School & Centre,  Rue des Landes,  Forest,  Guernsey,  GY8 0DP

Call us:
01481 268313

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