Jersey is a safe and secure place to live, making it an ideal location for families.
Islanders value their quality of life. Business centres, homes and schools are all nearby helping to support a great work life balance. You and your family can be on the beach and enjoying the outdoors within minutes of leaving work or the classroom.
Many places in Jersey are family friendly and cater for children. Jersey is an excellent environment for you and your family to flourish.
Finding the right school for your child, 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 5 until 11 and secondary school until 16. Jersey has 22 non-fee paying government primary schools and 5 non-fee-paying government secondary schools.
There are three types of schooling systems in Jersey:
- non-fee-paying government schools
- fee-paying government schools (part government-funded)
- private fee-paying schools
Children start school in the September of the school year that they are five. Places are offered to parents in February.
A list of all primary schools and secondary schools.
The standard of schooling in Jersey is high. Exam results show how Jersey compares favourably with the UK.
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 of having a great time with the family, there is still plenty to do.
For a full list of activities and attractions see the Visit Jersey website.
Eating out as a family
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.
Finding the right childcare for your child is an essential part of their future development. 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. Prices will vary depending on which option you choose. All aim to help families have access to the support they need so each child can reach their full potential. Find out information on childcare.
It is not compulsory for children under 5 to be in nursery / childcare. However, you can register your interest for a school nursery place at any time. For most parents, places are allocated based on the date that you register so the earlier you apply the more chance you have of getting a place.
You can claim tax relief against your childcare cost if your child attends a registered child care provider.
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
There are many groups for parents and carers support on the island. From baby groups to playgrounds on various days runs by individuals, teams or parishes. Jersey Child Care Trust and Jersey Association of Child Carers are charities 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. As well as discussions, debates and ideas about raising children in Jersey.
Pets are part of the family and are welcomed on the island. If you are thinking about bringing your pet to Jersey, there are no official requirements for pet dogs, cats or ferrets travelling between Jersey and:
- the UK (including Northern Ireland)
- the Isle of Man
- other Channel Islands
No vaccinations are needed, but you should discuss your pet's health with your vet as your pet must be fit to travel and properly cared for. Pets may travel with any airline or ferry operator who agrees to carry your pet. If travelling on a private plane or boat, you must not visit a foreign port en route.
Bringing your pet to Jersey from the EU, has different restrictions. You will need to research about the pet travel scheme.
Once in the island, if you own a dog, you will need a dog licence issued from your parish. Jersey has a number of vets provide animal care for all pet owners. If you are consider getting a pet Jersey animal shelter and other pet shops can help purchase the right one for you.