Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
According to a new survey from independent trust Power to Change, Liverpudlians are more likely to be aware of local council cuts than residents in Birmingham, Manchester and London.
The polling found 69 per cent of people living in Liverpool are aware of the financial cuts that have been made to council-run services since 2010, much higher that the 69 per cent average for the rest of England.
The survey also found 83 per cent of Liverpudlians said the cuts had made a slight or strong negative impact on them, compared to 70 per cent of people in London.
Richard Harries, director of the Power to Change Research Unit, said: “Continued austerity policies are being felt across England, and evidently Liverpool is feeling it more than most.
“We make a mistake if we treat local communities as passive players in all this. Increasingly, people are stepping in to save the spaces and buildings that they love and running them for themselves, like the libraries and public land brought back to life in Croxteth by Alt Valley. Even in tough times, these sorts of community businesses can transform places which are otherwise in danger of falling into disrepair."