Latest News Headlines
On-Air Now
Listen Live

Families to be given help to pay for nursery places

Tue, 27 Mar 2012

Families will be given money towards the cost of nursery places when government pre-schools close this summer.

The Department of Education and Children says it will be giving all parents with eligible chilren a £350 credit.

Those whose children would be entitled to free school meals will get a further £850 credit.

The funds will be available to mums and dads in all parts of the Island, not just those who live near a current DEC pre-school.

The scheme will cost around £400,000 per year, compared to £1.7m which is currently spent by the DEC on pre-schools.

Private and voluntary organisations will be given the opportunity to let Department facilities after they close.

Chief Executive of the Department Stuart Dobson admits the funding won't be enough for everyone.[play media file below]



  • Chief Executive Stuart Dobson


Subscribe to get Energy FM News direct to your mobile device

You can get Energy FM News delivered direct to your mobile device using one of the following methods.

  • In the Apple News App on iOS search for Energy FM IOM and then just add it to your favourites
  • In the Google News & Weather App just search for Energy FM and then add us as a customised section
  • If you use an RSS Reader then just add our feed to your app, click here for our news RSS feed