Consultation on the Draft Liverpool Early Learning Strategy 2018

Consultation on the Draft Liverpool Early Learning Strategy 2018

Start date: Wednesday 12th September 2018.
End date: Friday 12th October 2018.

What we're consulting on

The Draft Liverpool Early Learning Strategy 2018, written by a multi-agency working group led by the council, aims to support Liverpool’s Inclusive Growth Plan 2018 to ensure all children in Liverpool enjoy the best possible quality of life and reach their full potential.

Currently, six out of 10 five-year-olds in Liverpool are achieving a good level of development and assessed as ‘school ready’ (2017 data). However, more girls than boys in Liverpool are ready for school, and the gap between the lowest achieving children and those who achieve is increasing.

Research shows school readiness at that age of five has a strong impact on future educational attainment and life chances. Children who don’t achieve a good level of development at five years of age are likely to struggle with social skills, reading, maths and physical skills, which can impact on outcomes in later life - including involvement in crime, educational outcomes, poor health and even mortality rates.

The draft strategy provides a summary of current research and outlines the foundations we believe will improve our children’s capacity to learn. Its three strategic objectives are:

  • Objective 1: To improve children’s readiness to learn by placing a particular focus on improving early language as a key foundation to improving early literacy and maths.

  • Objective 2: To improve the quality of provision, promote access and improve attendance in early years’ education and care.

  • Objective 3: To improve information and data sharing to enable local area needs analysis, which will then inform the development of localised school readiness action plans.

The draft strategy also suggests how to implement and measure these aims.

How to comment

The strategy is written for a wide group of stakeholders including children, parents, carers, partner agencies and professionals working with babies, young children and their families.

We would like to hear your views on it. Please complete our short survey using the link below.

Complete the online survey

What happens to my views?

All views submitted via our online survey and included in the consultation report presented to Select Committee will be anonymised. 

What happens next?

The consultation phase will end on Friday 12th October 2018 and we hope to publish the final Early Learning Strategy by December 2018.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this consultation please contact Claire Campbell on 0151 233 0502 or email