Please note: Entitlement to a free childcare place does not guarantee a place at any one provider or a particular pattern of care.
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.
You can check if you are eligible for the 2 Year Old Offer using the Citizen Portal.
Find childcare in your area on our two year old delivery map.
See below for list of local providers.
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.
Find childcare in your area on our 30 hour providers map.
Families apply for the 30 hour entitlement through the Government’s Childcare Choices website.
Eligible children can receive the 30 hours from the start of the term following their third birthday. Families are no longer entitled to the 30 hours when they start full-time education (i.e. reception year at school). 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 HMRC have a review and appeals process if parents disagree with the eligibility outcome as determined by HMRC.
If you are a parent who is unable to find suitable childcare, please contact EYCommissioning@northtyneside.gov.uk
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 take stretch their entitlement over more than 38 weeks and up to 52 weeks. This means taking fewer hours per week, subject to a maximum of 570 hours. Children can take their 15 hour entitlement the term after their 3rd birthday.’
A child may access their free place through:
- nursery schools or nursery classes attached to schools
- child care day nurseries
- private/independent schools
Call 0345 2000 109 for a list of local childcare providers.
Three and four 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.
This report below considers whether there is sufficient childcare in North Tyneside.
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.
- Families can find out more about the Tax Free Childcare scheme at GOV.UK.
- Families can register for the Tax Free Childcare using the Government’s Childcare Choices website.
Also see Parent Guide under 30 hour entitlement section for more information.
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 ‘Free early education and childcare places’ 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.