Support & resources for childcare & early years providers

Support & resources for childcare & early years providers

Help for those interested in becoming a registered childminder or childcare provider and those who are already registered.

Support for childcare providers & childminders

We offer ongoing support and information to childcare providers, including childminders in Northumberland and those wishing to set up.

About the Northumberland childcare team
The childcare team offers support to registered childminders and childcare providers in Northumberland.

We’re responsible for:
  • supporting the development of new childcare places
  • supporting the development of the early years and childcare workforce
  • promoting the quality of services
  • ensuring key elements of the Sure Start programme are delivered
We also have a childcare development team who are there to support, advise and train all childcare providers.
What our childcare development team do
Our team of development workers are there to support, advise and train all childcare providers:
  • provide information, advice and training to all childcare providers
  • develop new childcare places in areas of identified need
  • facilitate engagement by childcare providers with initiatives, eg children’s centres, the extended school’s programme and community regeneration
  • make contact with individuals, groups and networks within communities, in order to bring people together in planning and providing childcare
  • support local communities and providers in accessing resources from external funding sources
  • support and mentor childcare providers to improve quality of care
Meet our childcare development team
We have a childcare development officer responsible for specific areas of Northumberland:
  • Julie Murray, central Northumberland (including Ashington, Bedlington, Choppington, Lynemouth, Morpeth, Newbiggin and Pegswood)
  • Maureen Doherty, north Northumberland (including Alnwick, Amble, Belford, Bamburgh, Berwick, Felton, Coquet, Rothbury, Seahouses and Wooler)
  • Jill Prescott, west Northumberland (including Corbridge, Halthwistle, Hexham, North Tyne, Ponteland and Prudhoe)
  • Diane Williamson, southeast Northumberland (including Blyth, Cramlington, Seaton Delaval and Seaton Sluice)
To contact any of the team call: 01670 623563.

Useful information for early education/childcare providers

Helpful documents about early education/childcare provision.

Early years training, professional development & SLA’s
Statutory guidance for early education & childcare
Information for free entitlement providers
All three and four-year-olds are entitled to free high-quality early education, starting in the term following a child’s third birthday until compulsory school age.

The current free entitlement is 15 hours a week (570 hours a year) for 38 weeks of the year.

Parents/carers of two-year-olds who meet a range of criteria are entitled to the same amount of free high-quality early years education or childcare, from the term following a child’s second birthday until the end of the term in which they are three.

Below are useful documents for early years care and education providers who are on our list of approved free entitlement providers.

To find out how to get on our list of approved providers, please read our local code of practice FAQ below and call us on: 01670 623563.
 
Northumberland local code of practice Early years funded free entitlement for two, three and four year old education
Northumberland local code of practice Sept 2017.pdf
 
Northumberland local code of practice FAQ Frequently asked questions for childcare and early years education providers, plus parents/carers Northumberland local code of practice FAQ.pdf
 
Application to deliver funded education pathway. Application for early years providers Early years application to deliver funded education pathway.pdf
Funding documents for early years providers
Click here to download our funding guide and bank details form:
Childcare sufficiency assessment (CSA)
Local offer for children with special education needs & disabilities
Information on safeguarding children