Pre-School Education Credit More than Doubled Since Last Year

The Isle of Man Government, in its continuing support for early education has more than doubled the Pre-School Education Credit from last year.
Pre-School Credit doubled for 2018-2019

The Isle of Man Government, in its continuing support for early education has more than doubled the Pre-School Education Credit from last year.


Ann Corlett MHK, Member for the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, said “We want children to get the best possible start in life. This significant investment demonstrates Government’s commitment to that objective.”


Parents of children turning four between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 can apply for a credit of £3,420 towards the cost of pre-school education.


“The former standard rate of the pre-school credit was doubled in this year’s Budget, increasing from £1,700 to £3,420 per child.  The credit is now a universal benefit, which means that every child is entitled to the same amount.”


Since the inception of the Pre-School credit in 2012, the Isle of Man Government has increased its support by nearly a factor of 10, demonstrating, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the priority in which they hold education.


“Good quality early years education has a positive and long term impact on children’s attainment, progress and social-behavioural development.  That’s why this administration is investing heavily in the financial support available to parents to put towards pre-school education.”


Parents may apply for this credit online. If you prefer a hard copy, you may pick one up from the Welcome Centre in the Douglas Sea Terminal and from the DESC’s Headquarters at Hamilton House on Peel Road.


The credit must be used at pre-school provision day cares that are registered with the Department of Health and Social Care. A full list of providers is available HERE.


Parents are reminded that where a child attends pre-school holds no bearing to where they will attend primary school. The island’s catchment areas delineate which areas attend which schools. If you are unsure of your catchment area, a full list is available online or by phoning the DESC at 01624 685820.


Education is and always will be the silver bullet in life. We are proud of our Island’s continued commitment to excellence in education and the furtherance of our young people.


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