Our shared vision is to work together with parents and each other in the States and private sectors so we can provide the very best education and care for the children in the Bailiwick.
We aim to nurture young children so they are confident, happy and excited to learn. We hope our children will grow up to be caring and productive members of our society.
Children who experience high quality early years provision are well placed to achieve better outcomes throughout their school life and beyond into employment.
Early Years Quality Standards Framework
- All pre-schools and day nurseries work to the Early Years Quality Standards Framework (EYQSF), 2018. A copy of the Framework is available to download here: Early Years Quality Standard Framework [2Mb]. The EYQSF sets out the requirements for all providers and will help to focus on raising and sustaining a consistent quality of early year's experiences for our children and families.
- Pre-school education in the Bailiwick is predominantly provided by the private sector and any children can attend private pre-schools before starting school.
- In Guernsey and Alderney we work to secure an equality of opportunity, to develop a culture of support, reflection and empowerment within the Early Years Sector.
Pre-school Education Fund (PSEF)
- The year before children go to school (Reception year) they are entitled to free, quality, pre-school provision for up to 15 hours per week, 38 weeks a year (term time only), supported by the States of Guernsey.
- This entitlement is being delivered through a partnership with private providers. A list of pre-school and day nurseries who offer the entitlement can be found here: PSEF Providers List [250kb]
- The Assembly agreed to the funding for the implementation of the entitlement following a debate in November 2015. The proposals were amended with regards to the detail of funding sources and a cap set on entitlement to only those with a joint household income of £150,000 or less.
- Quality measures have been put in place and can be found here: key performance indicators
- Please read a copy of the Parent/Carer leaflet on how to apply for your free pre-school entitlement, you can download the leaflet here: PSEF Parent/Carer Leaflet [574kb] . A copy of the Parent Declaration Form can be found by following this link: Parent/Carer Declaration Form - Free Early Years Funding [562kb]
- Please look at the Frequently Asked Questions for further information FAQ [269kb]
Information for Pre-schools and Day Nurseries
- PSEF Information
Important dates for providers to ensure deadlines are kept, therefore ensuring prompt payment PSEF Important Dates 2019-2020 [371kb]
- Useful Documents
Under this section we have included useful documents which pre-schools and day nurseries may require. Other links can be found in the additional information/useful downloads section at the bottom of this page.
- Guernsey SuperSmiles
To order more items, please compete the order form and send to Helen Long at the Children's Dental Service. Order Form [272kb]
- The States Early Years Team Newsletter
The Newsletter is produced half termly as a way of communicating all updates and news with the pre-schools and day nurseries. The SEYT Newsletters are full of information from ourselves and our partners, if you wish to be added to the distribution list, please send us your email address.This is where you can find the latest SEYT Newsletter https://mailchi.mp/6d1b7f689363/seyt-christmas-newsletter
- SENCO Network Information
- Duration Record [215kb]
- Example Policy for Understanding and Responding to Biting [279kb]
- Event Recording Frequency Behaviour Count Form [219kb]
- My Development Plan [319kb]
- SEN Register Template [322kb]
- STAR Template [177kb]
- Building Positive Relationships with Younger Children [58kb]
- Calming and Regulating Activities for Pre-Schoolers [194kb]
- Meltdown vs Tantrum [94kb]
- Hand and Finger Activities for Preschoolers [1Mb]
- Growth Mindset and Young Children [607kb]
- My Development Plan [319kb]
- SEND Pathway of Assessment & Action [239kb]
- How to Use the Early Years Developmental Journal http://www.ncb.org.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/Early_years_docs/merged-early-years-developmental-journal.pdf
Information for Childminders
Information for Parents
Additional Information/useful downloads
- This section provides additional documents and information that you may find useful.
- Minimum standards for creches
- Minimum standards for out of school care
- A guide to your child's learning and development in the early years foundation stage What to Expect, When? [2Mb]
- The Incredible Years parenting groups can offer helpful tips on how to deal with your child's difficult behaviours and increase their self-esteem. Please see the attached poster for further information IY Poster [5Mb]
- Following on from the Alderney Early Years and Childcare Offer Questionnaire in 2018 , the document for your information can be found here Summary [478kb]
- Occupational Therapy Leaflets:
- Child's Organisation Skills [303kb]
- Fun Ways to Play [308kb]
- Handwriting Advice [535kb]
- How to Help your Child Sit at the Table Properly [315kb]
- How to Improve Your Child's Ball Skills [309kb]
- How to Support Your Child with Self-care Skills [541kb]
- Scissor Skills [320kb]
- Sensory Strategies for Parents and Teachers [470kb]
- When to Type and When to Write [401kb]
- Useful Links for OT [260kb]
Links to Articles and Research
- This section is to provide articles and research around the following areas:
- Environment & Resources
- Communication & Language
- Reading and Literature
Getting it right in the EYFS Literature Review [1Mb]
- Physical Development
- Early Years Learning & Development
Stages of Child's Writing [474kb]
- Child Development
Experiential Education Introduction [499kb]
Training and Development
- This section also provides information about training and development opportunities.
- The Assisted Place Funding is for vulnerable 2-3 year olds (and exceptional rising 2 year olds) before they access their 15 hours funding the year before they start school. The Health Visiting Team are the main referrers, however any professional working with a family who feels they meet two or more of the criteria can apply for assisted funding. The Assisted Place Panel meet monthly and if funding is agreed, contact will be made with the referrer and preschool/nursery to ascertain if space is available and if they can accommodate the child and their requests. Parents are then asked to make contact with the preschool/nursery to complete the registration forms as required by the preschool/nursery. The referral form for any professional to complete Referral Form [467kb]
Islands Safeguarding Children Partnership (ISCP)
- If you are a member of the public who has concerns about a child's welfare or safety, and if that child is in Guernsey or Alderney, call a children's service social worker on 01481 723182. Out of office hours, contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01481 725241. If it is an emergency, please call the police on 999 or 112
- Please view the Islands Safeguarding Children Partnership website for more information http://iscp.gg/
- Child Protection E-Learning Level 1 information can be found Here [411kb]
Guernsey Early Quality Standards Framework for Childminder
- The Early Years Quality Standards Framework for Childminders (GEYQSF) will replace the current Guernsey Minimum Standards for Childminders. This document is being written to ensure a consistency of quality is offered in the safeguarding, welfare, learning and development across all childminders in the Bailiwick. The preliminary document GEYQSF Childminders [2Mb] , is the first draft of new standards with suggestions which align across the wider sector whilst raising the profile and quality our Childminders offer. The States Early Years Team seeks your views and professional opinion as we seek to improve our standards for children across the Bailiwick.
- The first part of the GEYQSF for Childminders outlines general expectations and understanding of why quality standards are essential in assuring the quality of services for all children in registered early years provision and promoting their continuing improvement.
- This States Early Years Team consultation seeks views from a wide range of professionals who work with the under-fives in the Bailiwick. A joined up approach in enabling our children to reach their full potential is essential if we are to have an equitable offer for all our children and families and the standards should reflect this. The survey can be found by clicking on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/N8VGF25 Thank you taking the time to complete this survey.
- The SEYT are regularly updating the Bailiwick's Preschools, Nurseries and Childminders with the latest Public Health advise. All advise that has been distributed to the Preschools, Nurseries and Childminders can be found here SEYT Coronavirus updates [697kb].
- The SEYT would encourage everyone to read up on the latest advice which can be found at www.gov.gg/coronavirus. Please continue to ensure staff are aware of the latest advice and the importance of everyone reassuring children and parents.