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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 classes (Year R).

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. Settings are currently working within the Minimum Standards for Day Nurseries and Pre-Schools, also available on this page.

From January 2017, all three to four-year-olds will be 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.

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.


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 June 2016 Parent/Carer Declaration Form - Free Early Years Funding Early Years Quality Standards Framework 2016-17 States Early Years Continuous Professional Development Diary Spring/Summer 2016 Guernsey Minimum Standards for Day Nurseries HSSD Guernsey Minimum Standards for Pre-Schools (sessional care) HSSD

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Early Years Service

PO Box 32,  Grange Road,  St Peter Port,  Guernsey,  GY1 3AU

Call us:
01481 733000