Welcome to the Alliance blog, where you’ll find expert advice, best practice tips and ideas, thoughtful opinion pieces and successful case studies. For everyone who is passionate about the importance of Early Years.

Coronavirus – what you need to know



In recent weeks the headlines have been dominated by news of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China which has now been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The declaration has been prompted by...Read more

Celebrating Chinese New Year - ideas and activities for early years settings


Melanie Pilcher shares some fun ideas for celebrating Chinese New Year in your nursery or early years setting.Read more

New resource: Emotion Coaching in the Early Years

Being an emotion coach requires adults to respond fully to young children’s expressions of their feelings and to help them to learn to regulate them for themselves — not just to make them feel better but as a crucial part of their development into fulfilled, balanced human beings.Read more

Why we must recruit more men into the early years — and how we can do it

Latest figures show that in England and Wales only 3% of staff in early years education are male. Dr Jeremy Davies from MITEY (Men In The Early Years) outlines why this is such a big problem and how we can address it.Read more

Why the DfE's proposed changes to the early learning goals are flawed


The DfE is currently consulting on proposed changes to the EYFS with a focus on the proposed new early learning goals. But there are genuine concerns about whether the new goals can succeed, argues the Alliance's Melanie Pilcher.Read more