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Childcare Businesses and Training

New Businesses

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.   

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

For more information, please contact Sefton Families Information Service at fis@sefton.gov.uk

You can find more information on the Sefton Directory

Existing Businesses

We provide 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 Paediatric First Aid, Food Safety, Safeguarding, and Risk Assessments.

You can find more information on the Sefton Directory


The Sefton Early Years Training Programme is designed to allow Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Childcare and Play Practitioners to plan their training across the year.

Its primary aim is to enable practitioners to meet the required standards expected and to prepare early years settings for registration and inspection by Ofsted and to ensure all practitioners are in a position to deliver high quality practice.

You can find more information on our dedicated webpage

Last Updated on Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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