We are offering eligible 2 year olds free early education and care places for 15 hours a week during school term time. Some early education providers offer free hours in the school holidays, for example children could access 11 hours each week for 51 weeks of the year.
Is my child entitled to a free place?
You can claim a free place for your child if you receive one or more of the following:
Children looked after by the Council
Children who have left care through special guardianship, adoption or a residence order
Children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) e.g. families whose income is below £16,190 and their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
Income based Job Seekers Allowance
Income related Employment and Support allowance
The guaranteed element of the State Pension Credit
Child Tax credit and Working Tax credit provided the annual household income does not exceed £16,190
Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
We're working to give the children of South Tyneside the best start in life.
Find out about our wide range of services for children and families. We want to build safer and stronger families, provide increased opportunities for enterprise learning and skills within healthier communities.