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Finding a childcare provider

The first thing you will need to do when arranging childcare is find out exactly what is available in your area. Once you have found local providers, you will need to do a bit of research to see which will suit your child best.

Your local Council provides guidance and information on finding the best childcare for your children.   If you want up-to-date information on childcare providers or free early learning and care for three and four year olds contact your Local Family Information Service:

North Tyneside
South Tyneside  

Choosing a childcare provider

Choosing childcare and early education can be a big step for many families. As well as making sure that the type of childcare you choose is the one that best meets the needs of you and your child, you also need reassurance that your child will be safe, secure, well looked-after and happy. The Gov UK web page provides you with all the information you need including:

•  How to search for childcare providers
•  Types of childcare available to you
•  Things to look out for when visiting potential childcare providers
•  Questions to ask when visiting childcare providers
•  Childcare provider inspection reports

Childcare at Northumbria 

The University does have a nursery based at the main city campus, although this is primarily a resource for staff, students can use the University Nursery if there are places available.

For further details please see Northumbria University Nursery.

Applying for Help with Childcare Costs

To apply for a Childcare Grant follow these steps:

1.     Send Student Finance England an estimate of your childcare costs using form CCG1.

2.     Send proof of the child’s identity and financial dependence on you eg their original birth certificate, your Child Benefit or tax credits details.

3.     You’ll be sent a letter telling you how much Childcare Grant you’ll get.

4.     During each term, you and your childcare provider must confirm your actual childcare costs using form CCG2.

5.     If the actual childcare costs are higher or lower than your estimated costs, your next payment will be adjusted.

Please visit childcare costs for more information.

Students from outside of England should provide proof of childcare costs as required by their own funding providers.  Please see the below links for further information:

Childcare -Student Awards Agency Scotland

Childcare -Student Finance Wales

Childcare -Student Finance Northern Ireland


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