You can search for childcare in the Gateshead Families Information Service Directory.
All of the childcare in the directory is fully registered and inspected by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education). View www.ofsted.gov.uk for childcare provider’s inspection reports.
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to five years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschool, nurseries and school reception classes.
Types of childcare available in Gateshead
Day nurseries provide care for under fives weekdays, from around 7.30/8am-6pm. Children can attend part time or full time depending on their parents' needs. Day nurseries remain open all year round. Nursery schools are open during term-time only.
You can use your children’s free education entitlement at day nurseries. There will be a charge for any extra hours.
Pre Schools and playgroups
Pre-schools and playgroups provide care for less than four hours per session for children between two-five years old. They aim to provide learning through structured play.
You can use you children’s free education entitlement at pre schools and playgroups. There will be a charge for any extra hours.
Nursery classes in schools
Some schools offer classes for children over the age of two during term time and within school hours. You can use you children’s free education entitlement. Ofsted inspect all schools on a regular basis.
Childminders look after under fives at any time and school aged children outside school hours and school holidays. This is usually at the childminder's home. They are self-employed and normally paid by the hour, at their own rate. You can use you children’s free education entitlement. They are registered with the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and regularly inspected.
Creches provide child care usually for short periods of time. Usually while parents do other things, for example shopping, sporting activities and educational classes. They are inspected and registered by Ofsted if they offer care for more than two hours on more than five days per year.
A breakfast club provides care and breakfast for school age children. This is often on a school site and is sometimes available for children who attend the school nursery. Breakfast clubs usually operate from 7.45am until school opening time and are open term time only.
After school club
After-school clubs take place after school hours until about 6pm. Some schools have their own club on the school site or an Ofsted registered private provider may offer the service.
The private provider may hold the club on the school or the children may get picked up and taken to an off-site provision.
Those who have their own site often pick up children from local schools.
The clubs are themed, for example gymnastics, languages, homework clubs or free play.
School holiday schemes
School holiday schemes provide care for children aged 3-14years. They take place at various venues, usually operating between 8am-6pm.