For information about registered and approved childcare provision available in Newcastle see Newcastle City Council's Families Information Service
For further information about children's activities, general parenting tips, family health and schooling take a look at our Childcare Resources section .
International students are not normally eligible for Benefits and Tax Credits as they are classed as 'Public Funds'. You should check in your passport. If your passport says 'No access to Public Funds', then you must not apply for Benefits and Tax Credits.
If you are uncertain about your eligibility talk to the Student Advice Centre who may be able to confirm whether you meet the residency requirements
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks of the year. From September 2013 some 2-year-olds will also be eligible. There are a number of different types of early education providers that can offer the free entitlement such as day nurseries, private nursery schools, preschools and playgroups, accredited childminders and Sure Start Children's Centre’s. Although there's no guarantee of getting a place with a particular provider, your Local Authority should take your preference into account wherever possible. There’s no voucher or grant involved- just check with your local Family Information Service (FIS) the provider is registered to offer the entitlement.