Bringing up children is an important and sometimes difficult task. You can get support from health visitors, teachers, family members and friends but if you need Mother and childadditional support, we may be able to help you.

Registering a birth

You must register the birth of a baby within 42 days of the date of birth. 

Family support services

Help is a hand for all families in need of support, information and advice.  Join in and become a part of the community and improve your quality of life

Childcare and afterschool clubs

We hold information on all registered childcare providers, childminders, nurseries, out of school clubs, holiday play schemes and playgroups.

Financial advice and support

Make the most of your money, check your entitlement and discounts and find out tips to make your money go further. 

Fostering and adoption

Newcastle is looking for families for children of all ages, children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, children with complex needs and sibling groups of children.

Health and wellbeingFather and child

Maintain a healthy lifestyle and enjoy life to the full.


Schools and libraries form the centre of our communities.  Find the right learning opportunities for you and your child and learn together as a family. 

  • Term dates and other school closures.
  • Search for schools with our school finder. It allows you to search by area, postcode, school type or faith.
  • Discover a world of information, learning and entertainment in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere at Newcastle Libraries.
  • Do the methods used to teach children in school baffle you? Family learning could improve your own skills. Come along and join an activity, based on early years, ICT or maths.
  • School admissions and transfers can help you apply for a reception place in first and primary school, or transfer to middle, secondary and high school. 

Family activities

Find out what's on, when and where, whether you are looking for community events, volunteering opportunities, public meetings, classes, culture or entertainment.

Page last updated: 
17 July 2014
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