Childcare options for children under five years oldRegistered Childminders
Day nurseries
Pre-school playgroups
Nannies and home childcarers
Nursery classes attached to schools
Creches

Registered Childminders

A childminder offers flexible, part-time or full-time childcare, usually for children under 16, in their home for two or more hours each day. They offer your child a safe, caring environment with play and learning opportunities.

Childminders are self-employed so set their own working hours and tend to work from 8am to 6pm, but most are flexible and some may be willing to work weekends. You can expect to pay on average £3.50 per child per hour although Childminders may charge different rates for children of different ages. For more see our Registered Childminders webpage or search for Registered Childminders on the Newcastle Support Directory.

Day nurseries

Day nurseries provide care and early education for children from birth to school age. They plan a wide range of activities which are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which can help children enjoy learning through play. For more information see our day nurseries.

Pre-school playgroups

Pre-school playgroups provide care and early education for children from two to five years old. They give children the chance to become independent, socialise and get involved in fun activities and are open weekdays in term time for up to 39 weeks per year.

The cost is between £4.20 and £8.00 per session and sessions can range from two-and-a-half to four hours although an increasing number offer extended or full daycare. Most playgroups and pre-schools offer free early years places for children from the term after their third birthday. Find out more on the Newcastle Support Directory.

Nannies and home childcarers

Nannies and other home childcarers are employed by you to provide care for children in your own home. They will fit in with unusual working hours, and work part-time or even live-in.

Nannies can often work flexible hours to fit your working hours. Many nannies are happy to work part-time. A nanny's pay depends upon the type of job (live-in or live-out), the hours, the number of children to be cared for, the nanny's qualifications and experience and also upon the area in which you live. For more visit the  Newcastle Support Directory.

Nursery classes attached to schools

Nursery schools provide early learning and childcare for children between three and five years old (some will take children from two-and-a-half). They are often based at Sure Start Children's Centres, or linked to an infant or primary school.

Nurseries are usually open from 9am to 3.30pm in term time for full or half-day sessions. Some also offer care out of school hours and in the holidays. Find out more in the nursery provision section of our a-z schools webpage.

Creches

Creches care for children from birth up to eight years or above. Care is part-time and usually covers the time when a parent is doing an activity, for example training. The parent will usually stay on the same premises as the child, but must be within a contactable distance. In Newcastle, some venues are registered to provide creches and use staff from mobile creche services. Find out more on the  Newcastle Support Directory.

Page last updated: 
4 July 2016
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