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.

Should your early years setting go meat-free?

With a growing number of families cutting down on meat, or ditching it altogether, Under 5 magazine editor Rachel Lawler speaks to vegetarian settings to find out how they are making a vegetarian menu work.

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Under 5. Find out more and subscribe to the magazine here.Read more

Taking the lead: the role of a designated lead for safeguarding in the early years


Rachel Buckler, managing director at Safeguarding Training Ltd and co-founder at the Early Years Hub, explains the role of a designated lead for safeguarding in the early years....Read more

Q&A: Lisa Potts


Inspirational speaker Lisa Potts speaks to Under 5 Read more

World Book Day: how to make a great book corner

Melanie Pilcher, quality and standards manager at the Alliance, shares some ideas for creating a book corner, or story area, to help encourage children to develop a love of books and reading. This is an...Read more

Are you up-to-date? Changes to minimum wage and pension contributions

How will increased minimum wages and increased pensions contributions affect your nursery or early years setting? As confirmed in last year’s Budget, the minimum wages are set to increase again this April, alongside an increase in the minimum employer pension contributions. But is your childcare business ready for the change?
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