Provision for two-year-olds

“Play is essential for children, building their confidence as they learn to explore”

Children may attend the two-year-old provision for 15 hours per week from the term after their second birthday. Some children may be eligible for a free (Government funded) place if parents meet the eligibility criteria. This information is available here.

Four of our primary campuses offer sessions for two-year-olds.

All children receive a home visit as part of their induction programme. As this is probably the first time your child will have been left at a setting, we ensure that it is a happy and stress-free experience. We insist that parents stay with their child for an hour for the first few sessions until the child is settled and familiar with the adults caring for them.

We aim to provide a fully inclusive environment where each child can experience the full range of activities and learning on offer, regardless of ability, sex, colour, race and religion.

We encourage a lot of child-initiated play. Staff are skilled in being able to join in and extend children’s learning through quality interactions and questioning. Play is essential for children, building their confidence as they learn to explore.

Each child will be assigned a key worker when they join the provision who will plan and record your child’s learning journey and development. You are invited to share and contribute to this via our online Learning Journal- Tapestry. Your child will have an online Learning Journal in Nursery and Reception also. We value parents’ contributions to the Learning Journal.

The EYFS Progress Check at Two will be undertaken shortly after your child joins us. It involves a short written summary of your child’s development being compiled under the three prime areas, as well as an assessment of which stage / age band each aspect of their development currently fits within.

Please be reassured that this does not involve testing your child or labelling them in any way. This check will be completed in partnership with you as the Parent / Carer and will be shared with your Health Visitor.  The Progress Check at Two celebrates your child’s achievements and helps identify any aspect of development with which your child may need some more support.



Our two-year-old provision at NCEA is led by graduate Early Years staff and overseen by Clare Lishman, a qualified teacher who is the Director of Early Years at NCEA. If you would like to visit any of the settings, please contact the individual settings:

Josephine Butler Primary (Held on the Robert Stephenson site): 01670 816111 ext 398

William Leech Campus (Held in Lynemouth Early Years Centre): 01670 861143

Thomas Bewick Campus: 01670 812075

Grace Darling Campus: 01670 812019