Securing sufficient childcare

To better understand the current position with regard to childcare sufficiency in Sefton we have put together the most frequently asked questions. If you have any enquiries related to childcare sufficiency in Sefton please contact James Smith, Family Information Service & Childcare Sufficiency Manager, by email

The Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on the Local Authority to secure sufficient childcare places (so far as is reasonably practical) to enable parents to take up or remain in work, or to undertake education and training leading to work.

The Local Authority is required to produce an annual report clearly stating the sufficiency of childcare in the area.

By analyzing the supply of childcare available, and comparing it with information about demand from parents, potential gaps in childcare provision can be identified.  This is the first step towards developing a strategy for securing sufficient childcare places through working with local providers and tailoring services to the particular needs of children and families.

The 2016 Childcare Sufficiency Assessment concludes that Sefton continues to have sufficient childcare places across all age ranges. Daycare places in general is sufficient, although childminding places are lower than usual - currently at 9% spare capacity. For information on how to become a childminder please visit our Setting Up A Childcare Business page.

Moving forward the key change to the landscape will be the increased demand associated with the extended 30 hour offer for three and four year olds in working families, from September 2017. Through 2016-17 Sefton Council will work very closely with partners and key stakeholders to plan for this extra demand.

The most recent Childcare Sufficiency Report is available to download below.