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.

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

Creating a popular pop-up children's space at events


Laura Wilkinson shares a story of providing a successful bespoke pop-up children's space at a breastfeeding festival in Milton Keynes.Read more

Preparing your childcare setting against flooding

Serious weather-related events can have a disastrous effect on the running of your setting. This post outlines the ways you can prepare, how to protect your assets and what to do if the worst happens.Read more

General Election 2019: The proposals on childcare  


As the UK readies itself for an election on 12 December, political parties have been attempting to secure the votes of parents with the offer of funded childcare. 

Creative ways to use up your old pumpkins


Reduce waste and enjoy some new activities by using up old pumpkins after Halloween, explains Melanie Pilcher, quality and standards manager at the Alliance.Read more