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Inter-island passenger only ferry services - full tender launched
Friday 15 December 2017

The governments of Guernsey and Jersey have today launched an open tender process to identify and select the operator of a new passenger-only ferry service between the islands.

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Last Chance to See Science Fiction Exhibitions at Candie
Thursday 14 December 2017

Guernsey Museum's science fiction exhibition 'Engage Warp Drive' will be closing on December 31st. New Year's Eve will also be the final day for 'Warp 2', featuring futuristic artworks by Chris Foss in the greenhouse gallery. Both have proved highly popular this autumn.

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Channel Islands Christmas Lottery First Prize Update
Wednesday 13 December 2017

The guaranteed first prize in this year's Channel Islands Christmas Lottery has now risen to £950,000.

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Early Years

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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 Spring 2018 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 Nov 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 Registered Childminders Creche Standards (updated 2017) Out of School Care Standards (updated 2017) Early Years Snack Guide

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Early Years Service

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

Call us:
01481 268313

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