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Life in Jersey promotes a good work life balance and being family friendly. When it comes to people saying what they like most about the island, these are at the top of the list.

Education

Finding the right school, and understanding how Jersey's education system works is important. Jersey’s education system consists of nurseries, pre-schools and compulsory primary school from age 4 until 11 and secondary school until 16. The standard of schooling in Jersey is high. Exam results show how Jersey compares favourably with the UK.

Family activities

Jersey is the perfect place to share unique family experiences and cater for all budgets. Helping your children make friends and get involved in activities is important for them. It is a great way for parents to meet other adults too. There are plenty of outdoor activities in the good weather. Playing on the beaches, exploring parks and woods and discovering hidden bunkers are for free.

Don't let unpleasant weather stand in your way either there is always plenty to do. Jersey Library is a great place to shelter from the rain. They offer a variety of free activities for children of all ages. With daily story and rhyme time session for preschool children. Children over 7 years old can get involved in the Library’s weekly Bookblast reading group. Others can enjoy programming in the Children’s Library weekly Scratch Coding Club. For students studying for exams, the Library offers a wealth of resources, study space and free Wi-Fi. 

For a full list of activities and attractions see the Visit Jersey website.

Eating out

Jersey has a wealth of family restaurants from beach-side cafes to friendly local pubs. Each one providing a great welcome to all and a real flavour of Jersey local produce. Many places cater for children and babies.

Find out information on a selection of Jersey family restaurants.

Childcare

Finding the right childcare for your child is an essential part of their future development and settling into the island. There are a range of options available in Jersey when it comes to childcare, including registered private childminders, day nurseries, local pre-schools and school age settings. Find out information on childcare and how to register for childcare.

Your child can get up to 20 free hours per week of Government-funded nursery education in the school year that they turn four years old. These free hours are term time only (over 38 weeks) and start from the beginning of the school year in September. Find out information on free early learning for your child.

Support for parents and carers

From baby groups to playgroups on various days runs by individuals, teams or parishes, there are many groups for parents and carers support on the island. Jersey Child Care Trust is a charity which does invaluable work for parents and children. Some of the other groups that provide support:

All have useful information for families to connect, share, support and each other. Many hosts discussions boards, debates and ideas about raising children in Jersey.

Pets

There are different criteria if you're brining your pet from the UK, EU or from other countries. Find out more information about the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and what you need to do to bring your pet to Jersey.

If you own a dog you will need a dog licence from your parish.

If you're bringing a horse into the island, you'll need a horse passport.

Email the States Veterinary Officer for more information.

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