Pre-school nurseries

Searching for a pre-school nursery?

You can view details of all Sefton pre-school nurseries right here on the Sefton Directory.

What is a pre-school nursery?

Pre-school nurseries, provide education and childcare for children aged two to five years. Pre-schools offer sessions of less than four hours at a time and usually follow term times. Some will offer morning or afternoon sessions and some will offer a combination of both.


Pre-schools offer a wide range of stimulating activities for children which are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Some of the activities that the children will be able to enjoy include:

  • arts and crafts
  • books and stories
  • sand and water play
  • outdoor play
  • music and
  • singing

Pre-schools are registered with and inspected by Ofsted. This means that the pre-school will be checked to ensure that staff are appropriately trained and qualified and that the premises are suitable and safe. 

Ofsted registration requirements will specify the number of children that are allowed to be on the premises at any time and the ratio of staff to children.

Paying for a pre-school

A typical rate at a pre-school in Sefton can be anything between £5 and £20 per session. Fees vary by area and by individual setting. Fees for two year olds may be higher due to the higher staff ratios required. Settings may also offer some discount for siblings.

It is strongly recommended that you contact pre-schools directly to discuss their latest fees.

Most of Sefton's pre-schools offer 15 hours of free education and childcare funding for three and four year olds and for some two year olds who meet the eligibility criteria. Ask the pre-school directly whether they offer funded places.

What to think about when visiting a pre-school

You will be the best judge of what is right for your child however the lists below may guide you on points to look for and what to ask.  Things to consider and questions to ask when looking for a quality setting:

  • Are you and your child made to feel welcome?
  • Do the children present look happy and involved in what they are doing?
  • Are the staff joining in with what the children are doing?
  • Do the activities look interesting and inviting and are there opportunities for outdoor play?
  • Ask whether your child will have a key worker
  • Ask to see their registration and insurance certificates
  • How much does each session cost? How often do you pay?
  • Is there a waiting list? If so when will you be informed of a start date?
General points to consider
  • Are there lots of toys, books and play equipment?
  • Are the premises clean, well maintained and safe for children?
  • Are the children able to move freely between activities and are they able to make their own choices?
  • Are different cultures positively represented in the toys, books and displays?
  • Are girls and boys encouraged to take part in all activities?
  • How will the provision meet any special needs your child may have? Think about equipment, access, skills, experience and training of staff.
  • Will you be given the opportunity to meet with staff to talk about your child and how will they share any records kept about your child with you?

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Last updated: 02/02/2021

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