- Gateshead Children's Centres
- Family Information Service and directory
- Free early education and childcare
- Toy Library
- Information for early years childcare professionals
- Information for childminders
- Concerns about a childcare provider
- Flexible working
- Gateshead's Local Offer (special educational needs)
All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This includes childminders, preschool, nurseries and school reception classes. They set standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to five years old.
Types of childcare in Gateshead
Day nurseries provide care for under five year son weekdays, from around 7.30 or 8am until approximately 6pm. You can use your children's free education entitlement at day nurseries. There will be a charge for extra hours.
Pre Schools and playgroups
Pre-schools and playgroups provide care for less than four hours per session. They are for children aged two to five years old. You can use you children's free education entitlement at pre-schools and playgroups. There will be a charge for 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 children aged under five at any time; and school aged children outside school hours and school holidays. This is usually at the childminder's home. You can use your children's free education entitlement. Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) regularly inspect childminders.
Creches provide childcare usually for short periods of time.
A breakfast club provides care and breakfast for school age children. This is often on a school site.
After school club
After-school clubs take place after school until about 6pm. Some schools have their own club on site or a private provider may offer the service. Clubs often have themes, for example, gymnastics, languages, homework clubs or free play.
School holiday schemes
School holiday schemes provide care for children aged three to 14 years. They take place at various venues, usually operating between 8am and 6pm.