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Early Education and Childcare

Stockton-on-Tees Families Information Service is a free and impartial service which provides up to date and accurate information on Ofsted registered childcare, early year's education and family services across the Borough.

Contact the Families Information Service:

You can use our Citizen Portal to check eligibility and apply for free childcare for 2 year olds.

Apply for free childcare for 2 year olds

For more information on childcare and help towards the cost of childcare use the following resources.

Stockton Families Information Service

View a list of Ofsted registered childcare in Stockton.

Expansion to Funded Childcare

The government is extending childcare to support more parents returning to work after their parental leave ends.

30 hours free childcare

Working parents of children aged 3 and 4 years old could be entitled for up to 30 hours free childcare a week. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

We have a duty to produce a report on childcare available in the area on a yearly basis, view the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment for further information.

Disability Access Fund

The Disability Access Fund supports disabled children's access to the entitlements for 3 and 4 year olds. Providers receive £615 per eligible child per year.

Early Years Pupil Premium

Your chosen school, nursery or childminder may be able to claim additional funding, through the Early Years Pupil Premium, to support your child's development, learning and care if you are accessing the free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds and meet certain criteria.

Free childcare for 2 year olds

Find out if your child is entitled to a free childcare place for 15 hours a week during school term time and how to apply.

Free nursery entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to a free nursery place of up to 15 hours per week. Find out when your child qualifies and where you can access a free place.


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and they are independent and impartial. Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Tax-Free Childcare

Designed to help working parents with their childcare costs, the scheme allows parents to open an online bank account to pay registered childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay into these accounts, the government will add £2.