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 on different ages. For more see our Registered Childminders webpage or search for Registered Childminders on the Newcastle Support Directory.
Out of School Clubs provide childcare for school age children at times when schools are not open. They offer a range of activities, including drama, music, arts and crafts, sport, outings and homework support outside of school hours.
They can operate before school in the mornings as breakfast clubs, from the end of the school day and at the end of the working day as After School Clubs, throughout the school holidays as Holiday clubs, or a combination of all three. They typically cater for children aged four to fifteen.
Newcastle Play Service provides out of school clubs, holiday playschemes and community based programmes for children and young people aged between 5 and 12 years. These are provided within purpose built play centres, schools, church halls and from projects based within local communities.
Holiday playschemes are usually open from 8am to 6pm during the summer holday and some may also open over the Easter holiday and half-terms, prices vary. For more holiday playschemes/clubs visit the Newcastle Support Directory.
Schools may offer an extended range of services for pupils and their families. Extended schools provide a range of services and activities, including breakfast, homework and sports clubs, often beyond the school day to help the needs of it's pupils and their families.
For information about childcare and before and after school activities that may be offered by your child's school, view our Extended schools webpage or search for Extended schools on the Newcastle Support Directory.
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 see our Nannies and home childcarers webpage or search for Nannies and home childcarers on the Newcastle Support Directory.
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 for creche on the Newcastle Support Directory.