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Setting up a new childcare business in Sefton

Sefton Council produces an annual Childcare Sufficiency Assessment, which can be found on Sefton's website:

For any enquiries related to childcare sufficiency in Sefton please contact James Smith, Family Information Service & Childcare Sufficiency Manager, by email at:

We can also provide you with statistics around existing childcare numbers in the area you are considering setting up your business.

Whether starting a childminding business in your own home or on a new business premises, Sefton Council offer advice and support for those who choose to set up new day nursery, pre-school playgroup or out of school provision. This includes advice on completing registration applications and guidance on meeting Ofsted requirements, such as support in the preparation for Ofsted inspection, advice on staff ratios and qualifications, EYFS, statutory safeguarding and welfare requirements.   

For more information, please contact Sefton Families Information Service at

You may also be interested in the latest information on Sefton's Childcare Sufficiency


Will there be any financial support to set up my childcare business?

There is no financial support available from Sefton Council for the creation of new childcare places and the Department for Education has taken the decision to end the Childcare Business Grant Scheme.

I am interested in setting up a new childcare business in Sefton, what support is available to me?

A childminder is a person who receives payment  for working in their own home, looking after at least one child for more than two hours a day. You must register with Ofsted or with a childminder agency if you are paid to look after any children under eight years of age, for more than two hours a day in your own home.

Sefton Council can provide you with pre-registration and pre-inspection guidance and support to register as a childminder.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework 2017 states - 3.24. childminders must have completed training which helps them to understand and implement the EYFS before they can register with Ofsted or a childminder agency.

Introductory training that meets the requirements of the EYFS and equips you to start your own childminding business needs to be in place before you can apply to Ofsted (unless you hold a current early years qualification that (since 2008) covers the EYFS).

Should you decided to go ahead with the registration process you must have completed training which helps you understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This can be covered by completing a course on-line with Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) or Childcare.UK   The course covers the Statutory Guidance and Learning and Development within the EYFS. You must also complete a 12 hour Paediatric First Aid course, Food Safety in Catering, the NSPCC Child Protection on-line training and Prevent Duty training.

All registered childminders in Sefton are expected to agree to support visits from a Sefton Quality Improvement Officer.

For further information on becoming a registered childminder please contact: Collette Williams on 0151 934 3174 or email /
Sue Kirk on 0151 934 3165  or email

Once registered, what support is available to me?

Sefton provides the initial and the ongoing support to assist childcare providers to meet the safeguarding and welfare requirements, to build and improve the quality of provision and to improve the learning and development outcomes for children.

An annual training booklet is produced which offers a number of short training courses to keep the skills of your staff relevant and up to date. The courses offered will assist you in meeting Ofsted standards and the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory requirements. They include Paedriatric First Aid, Food Safety, Safeguarding, and Risk Assessments.

Please note that (in order to maintain both the quality and quantity of the training provided) there is now a charging system in place for providers who wish to access the training programme.