In Newcastle there are six local authority nursery schools and lots of nursery classes attached to schools. They provide early education for children aged three to five years and offer opportunities to play and learn through structured activities.

Admissions to nursery schools or classes are not managed by the local authority. You must contact the setting directly for nursery admissions information including how and when to apply. Applications should be made directly to the early years setting.

Please note there are no feeder links between any nursery setting and how reception class places at schools are allocated. There is no advantage in attending a specific pre-school setting so if your child is settled in a private nursery or cared for by a childminder, their application for a reception place will be considered in exactly the same way as a child who attends the nursery class at the school. Children in a nursery class are not given priority for reception places in the school.

Places at nursery schools and nursery classes in Newcastle are limited but you can also access early years education and childcare at a range of private, voluntary and independent settings. These include childminders, day nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools and some independent schools. 

For information on different types of childcare, and the free early year’s entitlement please see the Choosing Childcare section.

The easiest way to find childcare providers in your area is to use the Newcastle Support Directory. You can filter your search by childcare type for example childminders, pre-school, playgroup, day nursery or out of school care, or by availability, for example part time, full time, term times or after school.

Page last updated: 
19 February 2018
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