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This page contains useful information on childcare in the Isle of Man. Whether you are looking to find out about accessing childcare services, or are considering becoming a childminder or establishing a childcare centre.

Accessing Childcare

There are numerous child care options from childcare centres (nurseries) to childminders in the Isle of Man, offering support to those parents who wish to access the appropriate service. A full list of childcare services available across the Island can be viewed below:

Ages 0 – 3

Ages 3 - 4

Children attending pre-school are eligible for pre-school credits – a universal credit of £4,166 is available for each eligible child for the academic year. To be eligible, your child will be a resident of the Isle of Man, have their fourth birthday during the academic school year for which credit applies and is registered with an Isle of Man Government registered pre-school provider.

Childcare for children with additional needs or disabilities

Day care services are offered through two Resource Centres

Working in Childcare

Childcare job opportunities

Available jobs in childcare in the Isle of Man can be found on either:

Locate Isle of Man Talent Portal – this is a skills matching platform where you can register your skills and be matched with employers looking for employees. 

Childcare training opportunities or courses

Careers advice and guidance on working in childcare including what qualifications you would need and information on salaries.

University College Isle of Man (UCM) offer childcare or social care courses.

Support available for individuals and businesses

Vocational Training Assistance Scheme – this scheme offers financial assistance to both businesses and individuals wishing to undertake vocational training including childcare and enhance their won skills or skills of their workforce. Eligible applications will be offered 30% of the cost of training, with individuals limited to maximum of £1,500 in any 12months and businesses limited to maximum of £15,000 in any 12 months.

Micro Business Scheme – Those looking to start up their own business or are in the early stages of their business may be eligible to receive the necessary training, funding and mentoring to get their business off the ground.

Financial Assistance Scheme - This scheme can offer help childcare services with the following:

Support for additional child care & nursery provision – grant towards rent, modification to building and play equipment, toys etc.

Employee relocation incentive – grant of up to 20% towards bringing new employees to the Isle of Man to help fill skills gaps 
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