North Northumberland
Children’s Centres

North Northumberland
Children's Centres

Childcare & Early Education

Looking for Childcare

If you’re a parent or carer looking for childcare, information on the various options available can be found by clicking on the link below.

Free Education Entitlement for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

All three and four-year-olds are entitled to free high-quality early education, starting in the term after 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 after a child’s second birthday until the end of the term in which they are three.

Northumberland is part of a 30 hour childcare pilot from September 2016. This is designed to allow the Department of Education to test the delivery of the additional 15 hours in preparation for full roll out September 2017. The funding for the pilot only covers about 25% of eligible families in Northumberland, the trial will provide some rural eligible working families with an additional 15 hours childcare per week, 38 weeks of the year, totalling an additional 570 hours a year from September 2016.

For further information on all aspects of the free entitlement schemes please open the link below:

Link to Childcare Providers in Northumberland

Your local Children’s Centre Facilitator can also assist you to apply for free childcare and advice on the availability of places locally.