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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Setting up a registered childcare centre

If you're considering establishing a registered childcare setting, you must get the right information and support to avoid unnecessary costs. This will help ensure you meet the requirements of registration and avoid delays in becoming registered.

You should read the requirements of registration for the type of childcare you are planning on setting up. This is so you can make an informed decision about becoming registered. 

These different types of setting are:

  •  day nursery
  •  preschool
  • school-age care (playcare, activity club or wrap around care)

Download Requirements of Registration Day Nurseries

Download Requirements of Registration Pre-schools

Download Requirements of Registration Playcare

Download Requirements of Registration Activity clubs

Download Requirements of Registration Wrap Around Care

Manager's Guide

The Manager's Guide gives specific information about safer recruitment including Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks, Declaration of Health and references required when interviewing and employing a member of staff in a registered setting.

Download Managers Guide for registered settings

Daycare of Children Law

You should also understand the requirements of the Day Care of Children (Jersey) Law, 2002 when establishing a registered childcare setting.

Day Care of Children (Jersey) Law 2002 on Jersey Law website

Site visits and inspections

Once you have let us know your plans, we will arrange a visit to the premises you hope to use. This visit will include officers from other States departments.

The site visit will be organised by an officer from the Childcare and Early Years Service. It will take place before you start the registration process, because we need to assess whether your premises are suitable for use as a childcare centre.

Your premises will be assessed by:

  • a Fire and Rescue Service officer, to check if the structure of the building meets the appropriate fire safety regulations for accommodating children in the age group
  • a Health Protection officer, to check if structural requirements for health, hygiene, and serving food on the premises are required

After the site visit, we will contact you to let you know if we provisionally agree your application for registration. You should wait until you hear from us before you contact any other States departments, or have plans drawn up, to avoid any unnecessary costs.

Other departments you need to contact

Once you hear from us you may need to apply to all or some of the following:

  • Department of the Environment, if any changes to your premises or its type of use are needed
  • Regulation of Undertakings, to get approval to employ staff
  • Business Names and Company Registry, to register the name of your centre
  • Data Protection Registry, to check if you need to register the business

Avoiding delays

You should stay in regular contact with the Childcare and Early Years Service officer working with you during the process. This means you can get advice on staffing, equipping and planning your premises. It will also help to avoid delays in opening your centre once we carry out the final assessment for registration.​​​​

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