Childcare

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Welcome to the childcare database which aims to help you find up-to-date and accurate information about childcare in Newport.

The Family Information Service works with childcare providers in Newport to maintain this information.

The database gives you peace of mind that the childcare providers are:

  • who they say they are
  • if they need to be, are registered with the Care Inspectorate Wales
  • and are therefore inspected, regulated and aim to exceed the national minimum standards outlined in legislation

Under the Childcare Act 2006 councils in Wales have to secure sufficient childcare to meet the requirements of parents in their area.

Search for childminders

Search for local day nurseries

  • Day nurseries offer care during the working day for children from birth to 5 years
  • Suitable play provision and equipment should be available as well as access to secure outdoor play space
  • Some nurseries offer part-time early years education funded by the local authority from the term after a child’s third birthday

Search for playgroups/cylchoedd meithrin

  • Playgroups and cylchoedd meithrin provide part-time care for children aged 2 ½ – 5 years
  • They are open during the school term and each session lasts no longer than four hours
  • They provide learning experiences through structured play in groups and the cylchoedd meithrin offer pre-school experiences through the medium of Welsh
  • A suitable range of play provision and equipment should be available
  • Some playgroups and cylchoedd meithrin are able to offer part-time early years education, funded by the local council from the term after a child’s 3rd birthday

Early education providers

  • Some nurseries and playgroups offer part-time early years education funded by the council from the term following a child's third birthday
  • These providers are registered with CIW and Estyn to provide both childcare and early years education for 3 and 4 year olds

Search for breakfast clubs 

  • Breakfast clubs offer care and play opportunities for children aged 3-14 years before normal school hours
  • Breakfast is provided for a charge
  • Early starts and drop-off services to local schools are often provided
  • If you are registered with CIW, childcare vouchers or tax-free childcare schemes can be used to help with fees

Search for out of school clubs

  • Out of school clubs care and play opportunities for children aged 3-14 years outside school hours and during the holidays
  • Children under 8 years must be escorted to and from the club

Search for holiday clubs

  • Holiday clubs offer care and play opportunities for children aged 3-14 years outside school term-times
  • Children under 8 years must be escorted to and from the club
  • They provide holiday care during most school holidays and often include meals and snacks 
  • If you are registered with CIW, childcare vouchers or tax-free childcare schemes can be used to help with fees

Search for parent and toddler groups 

  • Parent and toddler groups offer social activities for parents or carers and children
  • Most are not registered with CIW and parents or carers must therefore attend with children
  • Parent and toddler groups are a good way to meet other parents and carers
  • They offer play and development opportunities for children from birth to 3 years

Read about Newport playschemes and play clubs 

A crèche will provide occasional day care for children under 8 and need to be registered if operating for more than 2 hours a day, even where individual children attend for shorter periods.

A nanny will care for your child in your own home and does not have to be registered with the local authority, for further information contact a reputable agency. 

Further information  

Download information about Choosing Childcare (pdf) 

Download How to choose quality childcare (pdf) 

Download information about support for parents and financial help with childcare costs (pdf) 

Read the 2014 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (pdf) 

Neighbouring Family Information Services 

Torfaen FIS 0800 0196 3300

Cardiff FIS 029 2035 1700

Caerphilly FIS 01443 863232

Monmouthshire FIS 01633 644527