Children and family services
Local Alliance member and family support is a priority for us.
Through our network of nine Service Hubs and member forums we:
- provide practical support for Alliance members, early years practitioners and families across England
- work closely with partners — including local authorities, community organisations and funding agencies — across the country to deliver a range of affordable early years services to all kinds of families
- work with local families through our parent forums, volunteer groups, childcare and drop-in services, children's centres, family advice centres, adult learning programmes, and specialist family services.
Services provided by the Early Years Alliance
(Covering Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire)
- Flying Start: Luton — The Alliance, Luton Council and Luton & Dunstable Hospital work on this integrated project for the delivery of Luton antental care to five year strategy
- Manage various projects for Luton Borough Council including providing back office support in relation to the 2y offer and 30 hour funding
- Payroll service
- Safe at Home: Luton — a home safety scheme in partnership with Bedfordshire Fire Service
- Stay and play, creche and toy services in Milton Keynes
- Building Better Opportunities, Milton Keynes — a Big Lottery-funded project supporting participants to get into work.
(Covering Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex)
- Being a partner in the Community Connections, Building Better Opportunities project which is joint funded by the Big Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund
- Running workshops and member forums.
- Family Support Workers – on a referral basis, support to families for when they first receive or whilst they are waiting for a diagnosis of autism. This project is delivered in partnership with Southend Borough Council and A Better Start Southend.
- Early Years Development Team — working in partnership with Southend Borough Council, the team provides advice and support to early years and childcare providers to ensure high quality practice for children within Southend.
(Covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire)
- Bespoke crèche services
- Regular training and workshops for early years staff including Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid
- Toy library and toy exchange service
- Delivering the Best Start contract within Lincolnshire County Council's children's centres and in some outreach locations. This service has two elements: the Early Years Service (services for children) and the Skills Development Service (supporting parents into volunteering, adult learning and/or employment)
- First and Foremost national project — supports speech and language development to narrow gap at age 5 between disadvantaged children and their peers
- Crèche services.
(Covering London, Kent and Medway)
- Children’s centres — delivering borough-wide children’s centre offer for families, working alongside health visiting, midwifery, schools and public health services
- Crèche services — a mobile crèche service where teams travel to the client's venue with resources and activities
- Family support — offers 1:1 family support in the home or in the community plus parenting courses and support programmes to help parents develop better relationships with their child
- Parenting programmes — Delivering Triple P, Teen Triple P and Incredible Years including Incredible Years aimed at specific groups, e.g. children with oppositional defiance disorder, plus the PIPT Programme (Personalised Individual Parent Training) for complex cases
- Domestic Abuse Recovery programmes — supports families recovering from the impact of domestic abuse and prevent recurrence
- Support for early years settings — information and support for early years’ settings including paediatric first aid courses, bespoke workshops, safeguarding audits, Pre-Ofsted audits and business support package plus regular forums to encourage local providers to get together to share experience
- Roots of Empathy — an evidence-based programme to reduce levels of aggression among school children
- Volunteering and parental involvement programme — a range of short courses to support parents and community members to feel confident to volunteer in pre-schools, nurseries, children’s centres and other projects.
(Covering County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Cumbria, Bradford, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, East Riding, West Yorkshire, Isle of Man)
- Action Towards Inclusion — offers bespoke packages to the long-term unemployed helping them to raise confidence and aspiration
- Support and guidance to Parent and Toddler groups — offers activities, information, support and best practice to families and volunteers who attend local Parent and Toddler groups
- Lead Practitioner Safeguarding training — at the request of the local authority, courses are held throughout the year and delivered with local partners
- First Aid training — at the request of the local authority and pre-schools, courses are held throughout the year
- HENRY courses — delivered in partnership with local children's centres and funded by the local authority
- Crèche services — offered within children's centres to enable families to attend training. Crèche services are also available to families who need to attend Home Office interviews
- Early years courses — a range of courses and workshops, including bespoke workshops, are available to local early years providers
- First and Foremost national project — speech and language projects in Leeds and North Yorkshire
- Growing Up Healthy and Safe — a project that offers advice on health issues, healthy eating and accident prevention in the home
- Payslip service to Alliance member early years providers.
(Covering Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Dorset and Isle of Wight)
- The Family Development Programme in Portsmouth and Chichester
- A wide range of CPD courses at competitive prices
- Subsidised First Aid training packages
- Toolkit packages for specialist support ranging from Committee Induction Toolkit to Setting Health Checks
- Whole setting focus — specialised training for settings to work on together for a half term
- Regular member forums with free training for members
- Bespoke workshops for individual settings - including First Aid, Safeguarding and Inset Day training.
(Covering Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Bristol)
- EAL Advisory Service — provides support and training to Somerset practitioners with EAL children and families within their settings
- One to one support — offering bespoke, one to one consultancy services for early years providers
- Future Peninsula Family Learning Project — Sowing and Growing project works with unemployed and economically inactive parents to encourage healthy eating and growing vegetables
- Business support workshops — a range of workshops including e.g. Committee roles and responsibilies, Budget setting and monitoring, Managing finances
- Payroll service.
(Covering Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire)
- Full payslip service
- Community Stay and Play Network — offers support to stay and play groups across Birmingham in partnership with Thrive Together Birmingham, funded by Birmingham Forward Steps
- Family Matters — part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, funded by the European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund, which co-invests in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth