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Childcare in Sefton

In Sefton, you can access a whole host of safe, high quality childcare and early learning opportunities, including holiday clubs and schemes.

Our Sefton Directory has a full list of all childcare options in Sefton

Find details of free childcare provision below

Free Childcare 3-4 Year Olds

All three and four year old children are entitled to a free part-time early learning and education place, consisting of up to 15 hours per week, for 38 weeks per year 

Children become eligible for a place from the term following their third birthday, with terms starting from 1st January, 1st April and 1st September.

A free place can be accessed in a variety of settings including pre-school or playgroups, private day nurseries, private nursery schools, maintained nursery schools and classes, or with Sefton's accredited childminder network.

The 15 hours free entitlement can be taken over a minimum of 2 days per week. The maximum allowed in any single day is 10 hours. The free entitlement must be taken between 7am and 7pm - but please note that actual times offered may vary across settings.

Extra 15 Hours

An additional 15 hours of free childcare is available for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family), and each parent earns the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage, and earns less than £100,000 a year.

For further information and how to apply, please visit The Sefton Directory 

You will be able to access this extra support from:

  • Participating schools with nursery provision
  • Day Nurseries, Out of School Clubs
  • Childminders and playgroups

It will be possible for your child to access up to two providers to access their entitlement.

Free Childcare 2 Year Olds
Some two year olds in Sefton can get FREE early learning and childcare support if they meet one or more of the eligibility criteria. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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