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.

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.

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)
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)
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, 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.
We are bound by the Childcare Act 2006,  to improve outcomes for children and young people, and secure sufficient childcare so parents and carers in Northumberland can remain or seek employment.  We have a duty 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 CSA report is to summarise Northumberland's childcare market and to help identify any gaps in the market.  The Early Years team support childcare providers to continue to provide sufficent childcare provision.
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.
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
As a council, we must follow statutory guidance for early education and childcare provision from the Department for Education (DfE). 
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 and to identify any gaps in the Childcare Market.