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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.

The EIF: Conveying intent, implementation and impact in your curriculum

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The Education Inspection Framework (Ofsted 2019) places greater emphasis on your approach to curriculum with Ofsted stating that ‘curriculum’ is what is taught and ‘teaching’ is how curriculum content is taught.Read more

Cultural capital in the EIF: what you need to know

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The term Cultural Capital has been added to Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), due to come into effect in September. Here, Alliance quality and standards director Michael Freeston explains what it means for the early years.Read more

Tackling childhood obesity through play

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In response to Britain's childhood obesity crisis, Micro Scooters has launched Play for Life — an online resource for adults caring for pre-school children that explores toddlers’ physical development. This blog has been supplied as part of a paid partnership with Micro Scooters.Read more

Reducing plastic in nursery settings — stories of success

To mark the end of Plastic Free July, we're sharing some amazing stories of nurseries who have radically reduced or cut out single-use plastics.Read more

A new inspection approach

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Gill Jones, early education deputy director at Ofsted, shares some updates on the new Education Inspection Framework, coming into place in SeptemberRead more

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