Welcome to Newcastle's Early Education and Childcare Directory. 

Childcare Search

to use the search simply put in the postcode where you are looking for childcare (for example your home or work). You can also use filters to find information such as who picks up from your child's school, or who offers free early education places for under fives. You can also see providers on a map and create a short list of settings.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, please email

When am I eligible for free childcare for my pre-school age child and what funding is available for childcare for all ages

Parents entitlement for free childcare is changing. At present parents are eligible from when children are two or three years old depending on their circumstances.

From April 2024 more working parents are eligible from their child’s second birthday and from September 2024 this will be from nine-months.

To find out the eligibility criteria for these and all support for childcare funding ask your childcare provider or visit Childcare Choices 

If you have children under three or are planning to you can sign up to get regular updates

What different types of childcare are there?

We work with Ofsted to provide information about registered childcare providers such as day nurseries, childminders, pre-school playgroups, before and after school and holiday clubs, as well as nursery schools and classes. In the information about each childcare setting, you will also find useful information such as the grade from their last Ofsted inspection.

Find out more about; funded or free childcare places, help with the cost of childcare or choosing and searching for childcare

If you can't find what you are looking for or you want to talk to someone about childcare please call 0191 277 4674 or email

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