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Please note: Entitlement to a free childcare place does not guarantee a place at any one provider or a particular pattern of care.


Information for providers of childcare / early education is available here

Two year old offer

Eligible 2 year olds can get 15 hours of free childcare a week, for 38 weeks (a maximum entitlement of 570 hours).  Parents can stretch their entitlement over more than 38 weeks by taking fewer hours over more weeks.  Children can take their 2 year old entitlement the term after their 2nd birthday.

Families of eligible children can apply now for Spring Term 2020, please ensure that your child has started their 2 year old place by 16th January 2020.   

You can check if you are eligible for the 2 Year Old Offer using the Citizen Portal unless you meet the extended 2 year old eligbility criteria below: 

Extended 2 Year Old Eligbility Criteria

Two-year-old children in low income families are now able to take up a free place when their parent(s) have one of the following types of immigration status:

• Zambrano carer (derivative right to reside in the UK under European law as the primary carer of a British child or dependent adult)

• Leave to remain with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) granted on family or private life (Article 8) grounds

• ‘Appeal rights exhausted’ (ARE) asylum seeker receiving asylum support from the Home Office under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Parents who are Zambrano carers or who have leave to remain with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), must also be able to demonstrate that they have a low income.

If you think you are eligible under these criteria you will have to complete a separate application.  Please email with your contact details and request a TYO application form.

Find childcare in your area on our two year old delivery map.

See below for list of local providers.

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30 hours entitlement

Eligible working families with children aged 3 to 4 years are entitled to 30 hours of free childcare a week, for 38 weeks of the year. This is a total of 1,140 free hours a year.

Families apply for the 30 hour entitlement through the Government’s Childcare Choices website.  Parents must register for the 30 hour offer on the Childcare Choices website the term before they want to start taking their 30 hour entitlement.  The deadline for registering with Childcare Choices to receive the 30 hours in spring term 2020 was 31st December 2019.   Watch this step by step video for information on applying for the 30 hours.  Parents must have taken up their 30 hour place by 16th January 2020 to receive funding for Spring Term 2020. 

Eligible children can receive the 30 hours from the start of the funding period following their third birthday (click here for more details). Families are no longer entitled to the 30 hours when they start full-time education (i.e. reception year at school).

Parents must renew their code to remain eligible.  Children starting a 30 hours place in Spring Term 2020 MUST have had an eligible code on the 1st January 2020 to receive their 30 hour entitlement.

If you are a parent who is unable to find suitable childcare, please contact

Compensation claims and complaints to HMRC regarding 30 hours applications

If a parent misses out on a 30 hours place, through no fault of their own, they may be eligible for some monetary redress from HMRC. Please note: the parent must have made their application before the termly deadline; and must have paid out for childcare that they would have otherwise have been entitled to for free (i.e. they must meet all other eligibility requirements, such as the child’s age and earnings threshold). If a parent thinks they meets these conditions they should make a complaint by the completing the standard HMRC complaints form or call the childcare service helpline on 0300 123 4097.

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Universal 15 Hours (3 & 4 Year olds)

All three and four year olds are entitled to 570 free hours of early education per year, equivalent to 15 hours a week over a minimum of 38 weeks. Children can stretch their entitlement over more than 38 weeks a year.  This means taking fewer hours per week, subject to a maximum of 570 hours during the accademic year.  Children can take their 15 hour entitlement the term after their 3rd birthday.  Eligible children must be attending a setting by 16th January 2020 to receive a funded place in Spring Term 2020.

A child may access their free place through:

  • nursery schools or nursery classes attached to schools
  • playgroups
  • child care day nurseries
  • private/independent schools
  • childminders

Call 0345 2000 109 for a list of local childcare providers.

Three year olds born between dates shown (inclusive) will be eligible the term following their 3rd birthday:

1st April to 31st August.
The start of the autumn term following their 3rd birthday. That is September.

1st September to 31st December.
The start of the spring term following their 3rd birthday. That is January.

1st January to 31st March.
The start of the summer term following their 3rd birthday. That is April. (Please note that this is the case even if the Easter break falls after 1st April).

Families can find out more about support with childcare costs at the Government’s Childcare Choices website.

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Childcare sufficiency

This report below considers whether there is sufficient childcare in North Tyneside.

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Tax-free childcare

Tax-Free Childcare is a Government scheme to help working families with their childcare costs.

Parents will be able to open online childcare accounts to pay their registered childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in to these accounts, the Government will add £2, and the total amount in the account can only be spent on childcare. Parents can receive up to £2,000 in Government support per child, per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.

More information is available in the Parent Guide, which can be found in the 30 hour entitlement section.

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Support to access the free early education and childcare places is available to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.  More information can be found in the Support for Children aged 0-5 Years section of the Local Offer.

Early years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 & 4 year olds.

Complaints About Funded Childcare Offers

If you are not satisfied that your child has received their free place or with any aspect of the way they have received it you can follow the Authority's complaints procedure.