Childcare in Northumberland

Childcare in Northumberland

If you’re a parent or carer looking for childcare or an early education place for your child, we can help. We also provide useful information for childcare and early years providers.

Childcare in Northumberland

Get in touch with us to discuss your childcare choices including:

  • Ofsted-registered childcare
  • non-registered childcare
  • childcare suitable for children with disabilities and special educational needs
  • finding providers who are offering places for two-year-olds
See the links below or click here to visit our Northumberland childcare directory.


 

Free education entitlement for two, three and four-year-olds in Northumberland
All parents/carers of three and four-year-olds, plus those two-year-olds who meet a range of criteria, are entitled to free high-quality early education for 15 hours per week (570 hours per year) taken over no fewer than 38 weeks.  
Bank_details_form.doc 1004 KB (.doc)
Early Years Application to Deliver Funded Education Pathway.pdf 248 KB (.pdf)
early_education_and_childcare_statutory_guidance_2014.pdf 309 KB (.pdf)
Is your child two Postcard.pdf 111 KB (.pdf)
  PDF
Northumberland Local Code of Practice FAQ.pdf 211 KB (.pdf)
Northumberland Local Code of Practice Sept 2015.pdf 730 KB (.pdf)
Parents guide to free early years entitlement.pdf 1 MB (.pdf)
Childcare & payments
Contact our team for advice on: Or click here to download our booklet on help with childcare costs.
If you’re having difficulty sourcing childcare
If you’re having difficulty sourcing childcare, our brokerage service could provide extra help.

We can: 
  • explain the childcare system
  • assess childcare needs
  • help identify sources of funding and support
  • act as an intermediary between parents and providers (where necessary)
Click here to visit our childcare and education directory website, which lists local Ofsted-registered childcare providers.
Childcare sufficiency assessment (CSA) report
We are bound by the Childcare Act 2006, which means we need to improve outcomes for children and young people, to secure sufficient childcare so parents and carers can work, and to provide information about the various forms of childcare available to you.

In order to do this, we complete a CSA report every three years.

The purpose of the report is to identify gaps in the childcare market, so we can plan how to support you to ensure sufficient childcare provision.

Additional helpful information on choosing your childcare or early years provider

Additional helpful information on choosing your childcare or early years provider

Here you will find additional information to help you make an informed choice about picking your child’s early education provider.

We want to help you to make an informed choice about your child’s early education entitlement, to explain the funding process and what to expect in Northumberland. Feel free to contact us direct via freephone: 0800 0234440 or see below to find out more.

Advice on picking your childcare provider
For more information on choosing a childcare provider, visit the Daycare Trust website. Have a look at their:
  • top tips
  • advice on what to look for
  • what to ask when you visit a childcare provider
  • advice on taking up references
Alternatively, click on the documents below:
The Daycare Trust: useful tips and advice on finding high-quality childcare providers.  Visiting childcare providers.pdf
National Childminding Association: advice on choosing a childminder. Home from Home Childminder leaflet.pdf
Find Ofsted reports
Statutory guidance for early education & childcare
As a council, we must follow statutory guidance for early education and childcare provision from the Department for Education (DfE). 
Childcare sufficiency assessment (CSA)
All local authorities are bound to produce an annual childcare sufficiency report. This helps us to provide information about the various forms of childcare available to you.