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.

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



Melanie Pilcher, quality and standards manager at the Alliance, shares some fun ideas for celebrating Chinese New Year in your setting.

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Happy children — taking care of young people's wellbeing

Sonia Mainstone-Cotton, early years nurture and wellbeing trainer, and early years consultant, explains how you and your staff can take care of children’s mental health.

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Child-centred and led learning – dispensing with the circle time


Jessica Gosling, founder of Step to Pre-school, has years of experience teaching in both the early years and primary schools, in the...Read more

Research Study - share your views on the professional identities of early years educators



Nathan Archer is a Doctoral Researcher in Education at the University of Sheffield who is conducting a research project to collect the views and experiences of professionals from across the early years sector, on...Read more

The Big Birdwatch


The RSPB is inviting early years settings to join its Big Schools’ Birdwatch – here’s how you can get involved. 

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