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

Free early learning for your child (Nursery Education Fund)

​When your child can get free hours

Your child can get free Government funded nursery education in the school year that they turn four years old.

How many free hours you can get

Your child can get up to 30 hours’ free nursery education each week, for 38 weeks, during school term-time only, from the beginning of the school year (September).

Where you can get a place

You can apply for a funded nursery place at a Government of Jersey primary school, or a NEF registered provider in the private or voluntary sector.

Different early learning providers offer different attendance options, such as mornings only, school hours or full days.

How to apply for a private nursery provider place

You can find a full list of NEF registered nurseries on the Jersey Child Care Trust website. Contact the nursery provider direct to enquire about available places. 

Day nurseries

Day nurseries are open outside of school times, for example 7.30am to 6pm, and some are open all year round (50 weeks a year).

This can help working parents as they provide both childcare and early years education.

Day nurseries are usually for children from birth until they start school but some nurseries may only take children in certain age ranges.

You can find a full list of registered Nursery Education Fund (NEF) nurseries, which offer free hours, on the Jersey Child Care Trust Website​.


Pre-school hours generally reflect the school day or offer mornings only, but hours may differ between preschools.

Pre-schools are for children from two years to school entry age.

You can find a full list of registered NE​F preschools, which offer free hours (in the year before your child starts school) on the Jersey Child Care Trust Website​.

How to apply for a school nursery place

You can register for a place at a Government of Jersey primary school. Contact the school direct to register your interest.

Registering for a school nursery place

School nursery classes

The Government of Jersey provides nursery education at most primary schools. 

School nursery classes are run by a qualified nursery teacher and at least two teaching assistants.

The following primary schools have a nursery class:

Bel Royal School website

d'Auvergne School website

First Tower School website

Grands Vaux School website

Grouville School website

Janvrin School website

La Moye School website

Mont Nicolle School website

Plat Douet School website

Rouge Bouillon School website

Samares School website

St Clement's School website

St John's School website

St Lawrence School website

St Luke's School website

St Martin's School website

St Mary's School website

St Peter's School website

St Saviour's School website 

Springfield School website 

Trinity School website 

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