Childcare provisions in Sunderland

There are a variety of childcare provisions available in Sunderland.

Free early education for two year olds
Many families across Sunderland can benefit from free childcare places for two year olds if they meet the relevant eligibility criteria.  It is quick and simple to apply online using our Family Portal

Download the Family Portal User Guide below that shows you how to log on, create an account and apply online.

To check which Childcare providers can offer two year old early education places, visit our childcare directory

Free early education for three and four year olds
Free early education entitlement is available to all children aged three and four years old, and children become eligible the term after their third birthday.

A list of childcare providers in Sunderland can also be accessed via the Families Information Service on 0191 520 5553 or by visiting our childcare directory.

To access free early education, please contact the childminder or day nursery of your choice. 

30 hours free childcare
A new Government initiative, launching in September 2017, offers working families with children aged 3 and 4 years an extra 15 hours of free childcare, meaning parents can access 30 hours of free childcare. Visit Childcare Choices for more information or check your eligibility online here.

A guide to completing your application online can be downloaded from the foot of this page.

Tax free childcare
A new Government initiative for working families, including the self-employed, who have children under 12 (or under 17 if disabled). For every £8 you pay in, the Government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child. Visit Childcare Choices for more information.

The Childcare Directory provides details of Ofsted registered childcare and other services, activities, and events for families.


For more information call our Families Information Service on 0191 520 5553   


Family Portal User Guide

Guide to help parents use the Family Portal to apply for Early Education places for two year olds. childcare portal guide

A guide for parents on using the childcare portal to register for 30 hours childcare

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