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The Family Information Service offers free, confidential and impartial advice and guidance for those caring for a child on:

  • childcare (registered and un-registered) and early years services in Gateshead.
  • free entitlement to early years provision
  • Gateshead Local Offer. Services for children with disabilities and special educational needs 
  • Family Information Service Directory

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Childcare providers will be asked for permission to be included on this directory following Ofsted registration. Non childcare providers - If you want your services to appear in the directory please complete the application form.

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Childcare Sufficiency

The Childcare Act 2006 (Section six) places a duty of local authorities to "secure sufficient childcare, so far as is reasonably practicable, for working parents, or parents who are studying or training for employment, for children aged zero - 14 years (or up to 18 for disabled children)." 

These documents include Gateshead's information about sufficiency.

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2021 (PDF) [1MB]

Childcare Sufficiency 2019 Report (PDF) [1MB]

Childcare Sufficiency 2018 (PDF) [1MB]

Childcare Sufficiency Report 2016 (PDF) [691KB] (opens new window)

Childcare Sufficiency Report 2015 (PDF) [747KB] (opens new window)

Childcare-Sufficiency-Report-2014 (PDF) [657KB]

Childcare Sufficiency Report Plan 2011-2014 (PDF) [127KB] (opens new window)

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Refresh 2013 (PDF) [625KB] (opens new window)

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Refresh 2012 (PDF) [194KB] (opens new window)

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Plan 2011 (PDF) [529KB] (opens new window)

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Gateshead Families Information Service 
Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 5118

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