The Childcare and Early Years Service (CEYS) is part of the Children, Young People, Education and Skills (CYPES). We're responsible for:
- the registration and regulation of childcare providers
- support the development of high quality practice
- providing equal opportunities for all children regardless of their needs
- respond to complaints made against registered providers in relation to their quality
of care and investigate allegations of unregistered childcare
CEYS works in partnership with other Government departments and organisations in assuring that care and quality standards for children are met throughout.
Our core values and principles
Our core values and principles are:
- children’s voices and rights are embedded and promoted through everyday activity
- equality of opportunity for children and families
- respectful and reciprocal relationships
- working together in partnership with families and communities
- effective leadership and self-evaluation
- securing quality and standards that enable all children to thrive
Registration and regulation
Our team of registration and regulation officers ensure all providers meet and maintain compliance with the articles of the Day Care of Children (Jersey) Law, 2002 and requirements set out under the regulatory frameworks. See information for registered providers or
how to become a registered provider for more information.
Our advisory team offers support, training and development opportunities to childcare providers and schools in delivering high quality play, care and educational experiences. The recently introduced
Quality Frameworks are used as self evaluation to assist in improving practice.
Early Years Inclusion Team
The Early Years Inclusion Team (EYIT) offers support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities aged 0 to 5 years. This team helps and advises families at home, private nurseries and pre-schools. They work together with other Government departments and other organisations to ensure early intervention is linked between services. For more information see
The Early Years Inclusion Team.
Law and regulations
Day Care of Children (Jersey) Law, 2002, provides the legal framework to determine the specific requirements that must be met and maintained by registered childcare providers.
CEYS has the responsibility of implementing statutory standards under this law to ensure children in their care are safe, supported and included. These principles are reflected in
three sets of statutory requirements specifically relating to the type of registered childcare provision.
Who needs to register
Childcare providers must apply to become registered if the intention is to operate under certain conditions. There are also exceptions for which registration is not required. Information can be found in
how to become a registered provider.
Types of childcare providers
The different types of childcare providers are:
- early years settings
- childhood settings
- au pairs
Early Years settings
An Early Years setting is an organisation providing Early Childhood Education and Care from non-domestic premises. It specifically operates for children under the age of 5 and may be a preschool or day nursery. Early Years settings need to be registered.
A Childhood setting looks after children age 3 years (pre-school year) to 12 years and provides care based on play and development. There are three different types of Childhood settings:
- single activity club offering a single activity to children. This could be an art club, a drama club, a nature club, a digital club, an adventure club or sports based club
- play work/multi activity club is an after school or breakfast club, a holiday club, or a combination of all three. It Provides care for children between the ages of 3 (pre-school year) and 12 years
- early childhood care is one aspect of Childhood Provision for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) children, which takes place outside of the nursery and school day
Depending on their hours of operation and conditions, childhood settings may need to be registered.
Childminders provide care in their own home (domestic premises) for children from birth to 12 years of age. As they're self-employed business owners, service agreements are between parents/carers and the childminder. Childminders require to be registered.
Nannies are generally employed by and work within the family home of the children they care for and do not need to be registered under the law. An accreditation scheme is available for those wishing to hold an accredited status which provides assurance that they're meeting required standards.
Find out how to become an accredited nanny.
Au pairs generally work for and live at a host family and do not require to be registered. Such arrangements usually involve a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare and domestic tasks, and the au pair would receive a monetary allowance. Au pairs do not need to be registered.
Find our more information on how to become a registered provider
As both data processor and controller, CEYS have a duty to use and hold the information you provide in accordance with the Data Protection Law 2018.
Jersey Childcare Trust (JCCT)
JCCT is an independent charity helping families access the care and learning opportunities they need for children to thrive. In addition to providing information and services to families, policy makers, childcare providers and other professionals, it also promotes high quality, affordable childcare for families in Jersey.
Jersey Association of Child Carers (J.A.C.C.)
J.A.C.C. is an organisation supporting childminders and parents. Childminders who are members can advertise their service and availabilities by way of personal profiles. The association also works in partnership with CEYS to support applicants and registered childminders.
Best Start Partnership
The Best Start Partnership brings together a wide range of stakeholders in a single body. It draws on the voices of children and families with local representatives from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors to provide unique insights representing the interests of children in the development, implementation and evaluation of government strategy and policy.