We’ve gathered together a comprehensive list of nursery and preschool child care provision in Guernsey. Please note that many of the preschools and nurseries get booked well in advance so do enquire as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
The Early Years Service of the States of Guernsey Education Department is responsible for regularly inspecting and monitoring all preschools, nurseries, creches and private schools that take children under 5 years. Check out this link for further information.
Nurseries run slightly different to pre-school, they are open for longer hours. They will also open for Monday-Friday for most of the year, only closing for bank holidays and Christmas. Aswell as opening for the large part of the day, most nurseries will take babies from a young ages, generally around 3 months, which means that a parent is able to return to work quickly if that is something they need and want to do. Nurseries can be flexible with the times that you need to drop off and pick up your children. They will generally provide a cooked lunch for the children, as well as a morning snack and and a light tea in the evening. Each nursery is different and so it is good to see what every nursery has to offer to see which best suits your needs.
Rainbow day nursery – tel:01481 720026, opening times: Monday – Friday 8am-6pm
First Steps Day Nursery – tel: 01481 713484, opening times: 8am – 5pm
First Steps Day Nursery II – tel: 01481 249584, opening times: 8am- 3pm
Le Petite Ecole Nursery – tel: 01481 726589, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, opening times: 7.30am-6pm
Little Angels Nursery – tel: 01481 724501, email: email@example.com, opening times: 7.30am – 6pm
Little Learners Nursery – tel: 01481 727610, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, opening times: 7am – 6pm
Monkey Puzzle Nursery – tel: 01481 725791, email: email@example.com, opening times: 8am -5.30pm
Sunshine Day Nursery – tel: 01481 720063, opening times: 7.30am -5.30pm
Whilst it is not compulsory for children to attend a preschool, many parents choose to send their children to one of the island privately run ones establishments, before they start school. Most pre-schools will accept children from 2 to 5 years, with many operating separate groups for the 2-3 year olds and the 3-4 year olds. Preschools on the Island often have waiting lists and also vary in their requirement of whether children should be potty trained or not. It is always a good idea to check with each individual school.
Our preschools maintain a self-imposed good standard and are also monitored and inspected by the Health and Social Services Department.
New plans were recently approved which entitle all preschool aged children to 15 hours of free preschool education for 38 weeks of the year. Technically this new law will be coming into effect from September 2016 but no agreement has been reached as to details about financing this scheme and whether it will be means tested.
Preschools generally open from Mondays through till Fridays during term times, however there are a few preschools that remain open during some of the school holidays. Most preschools will run morning sessions and many now remain open until early afternoon. The opening times and sessions vary from preschool to preschool and it is important to talk to the individual schools to find out what they offer in order to help with your decision.
Castel preschool – tel: 01481 251716, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, opening Times: 8.30am-2.30pm
Hillside preschool – tel: 01481 256882
Stepping Stones preschool – tel: 07781 109049
Forest preschool – tel: 01481 237614, email: email@example.com, opening Times: 8.30am-2.30pm
Blanchelande preschool – tel: 01481 237200, opening Times: 9am-2.30pm (early bird from 8.30am available)
Diddy Days preschool – tel: 01481 239222, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, opening times: 8.30am-2.30pm
St Martins preschool – tel: 01481 237665, email: email@example.com, opening times: 8.30am-2.30pm
Butterflies preschool – tel: 01481 249222, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, opening times: 8.30pm-12pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday till 2pm)
Kinder preschool – tel: 01481 248437
Mes Amis preschool – tel: +44 7781 167355, email: email@example.com, opening times: 8.30am – 12.15pm
Preschool Duval – tel: 01481 247590
Happy Days preschool – tel: 07839 179079
Les Jardins Des Enfants preschool – tel: 01481 264854, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, opening times: 9.15am- 2.15pm
Little Bears preschool – tel: 07781156109 – email: email@example.com, opening times: 8.30am-2.30pm, places from £3.95 per hour, mini explorers holiday scheme 2-8 years £3.95 per hour.
Daisychain preschool – tel: 07781 400795
St Peter Port
Elizabeth College preschool Acorn House – tel: 01481 724993, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, opening times: 9am -2.30pm
Seesaw Preschool – tel: 01481 715859
Wesley Preschool – tel: 01481 700277
Ladies College Pre-Preparatory department – tel: 01481 716635, email: email@example.com, opening times: 8.45am-2.45pm
Torteval preschool – tel: 01481 265322, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, opening times 8.30am- 2.30pm
A registered childminder will look after your child along with other children, in the childminder’s own home. Children can go to a childminder from a few months old, right through until they reach secondary school, although childminders are only required to register to look after children aged under 8.
They are allowed to care for up to six children under the age of eight, including their own children – but only three of them can be aged under five, one of which can be under 1. Childminders are also allowed to look after children over the age of eight, as long as they don’t adversely affect the care of the under 8’s.
Childminders are self employed and so they decide their own working hours. Most Childminders will work between the hours of 8am and 6pm, however many are willing to work early mornings, and evenings which is perfect for school and preschool drop offs and collections and holidays. Some childminders may even be willing to work weekends.
All registered childminders are required to complete a basic training course, including first aid, and most go on to further training and professional development, including extra qualifications.
States of Guernsey maintains a list of registered childminders but as of now it is not available on their website.
Nannies tend to work for one family rather than looking after children from lots of different families like a childminder. They will work from the family’s home and not their own and many are seen as part of the family. A nanny is likely to be more expensive than a childminder, however they will often help with other duties around the house such and washing, cleaning and cooking, as well as looking after the children. Nannies can often be more flexible, and will often babysit in the evening and travel with families when they go on holiday.
At the moment there is no single comprehensive nanny listing resource for Guernsey – we recommend to Google but more importantly ask around as personal recommendations are always best.