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Universal childcare information
Good quality childcare and early education is not only good for children; it gives parents more freedom to work, study or train for a job too. But juggling work with bringing up children is not easy. Choosing childcare and early education is a big step for you and your child. There are lots of differences between types of childcare, early education or pre-school services and also between individual childminders, nurseries, nursery classes or out-of-school clubs. Try and give yourself enough time to visit several possible options in your area to get a good idea of what could suit your child. It can be a good idea to take your child with you to see how staff interact with him or her.

Additional information for children with SEND
There is a wide range of childcare provision that is available to parents to access for their children including nurseries and childminders. Some children’s centres and schools also have childcare provision. 2-year-olds for whom Disability Living Allowance is paid are entitled to free early education. All early years settings that offer the free 15 hour entitlement for 2, 3, and 4 year olds will offer childcare for all children, regardless of special educational need or disability (SEND). All early years settings have a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) that can be contacted to discuss your child’s needs prior to attending the early years setting and who co-ordinates the provision for children with SEND once they start to attend the setting.  All setting SENCOs have access to the Sefton SEN and Inclusion Service – Early Years team and School Readiness Team who support the SENCOs and other staff members in the setting in order to meet the needs of children with SEND who attend the early years setting.

Are you looking for advice to help you choose the right childcare?

Click on the links below for advice and guidance to help you choose the right childcare:

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Are you looking for a list of childcare providers available in your area?

Interested in setting up a new childcare business?

Sefton Council offers advice and support to set up a new day nursery, pre-school playgroup, out of school provision or as a registered childminder.

This would include 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 visit the "Setting up a new childcare business" page on Sefton Souncil website