Due to Covid-19 and the impact of lock-down, all our Alliance Connect events are now taking place online. We are also developing some bite-size CPD training sessions.  We want to ensure you still receive that important face to face support and advice from us at this difficult time.

You can find out more about planned online events happening locally over the coming weeks under Events here and also in our new monthly News Updates.


Countdown to the next series of online Alliance Connect meetings!

We have had a fantastic response to our Alliance Connect networking sessions so we have put on extra sessions to accommodate as many people as possible, feedback we have received has been really positive.

Alliance Connect Events - Autumn 2020

The next round of networking meetings will focus on the following topics and can be booked using the link for the relevant date/time:

Focus on Childminders

All Early Years Providers are welcome to any session that we host, but we also know that some of the challenges are different when you are working out of your own home.  With this in mind, we holding a dedicated Alliance Connect event for home-based childcare.  Come and join other childminding providers and share your experiences and ideas.

Working with children with EAL  -  Top tips and advice 

Join us for a focus discussion where we will look at simple and useful top tips and strategies to support children in your setting who have English as an Additional Language. We will share resources and give ideas on best practice.   We can refresh you on how this links to the EYFS requirements and give practical examples and actions for supporting children and their families.

Grant Funding - Thinking Outside the Box

This networking event will have a focus discussion about best practice when applying for grants and where to look for small grant opportunities.   We will explore factors that need consideration and share top tips for writing a successful application.

  • Monday 19th October - 1.00pm

Making the Most of Digital Marketing

The Alliance's Marketing Team joins us to support the discussion and give practical advice and top tips on best ways to use digital marketing to improve your occupancy through Websites, Facebook and external childcare search sites.  FREE Digital Marketing Mini Guide for every attendee.

  • Tuesday 29th September - 10.00am
  • Thursday 15th October - 3.30pm

What's new for SEND?

This networking event will have a focus discussion relating to the impact of Covid-19 on children with SEND, and their families.  Explore with us practice challenges and talk through different ways settings can offer support. Engage with other providers, share ideas and find out more about other support networks.

Let’s Talk Committees, AGM's and voluntary managed Early Years Settings

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges facing committees

We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations regarding AGM's, working together, your responsibility and consider what is the new normal. FREE Top Tips Mini Guide for every attendee.

  • Wednesday 23rd September - 7.00pm
  • Thursday 22nd October - 7.00pm

Operating a Viable Early Years Provision

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges around operating a viable, sustainable early years setting.    We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations.

Post-Covid Ofsted Inspections

Are Ofsted Inspections currently pushed to the back of your mind? Haven't thought about the 3 I's or the Learning Walk since March?  If your answer is YES please be reassured that you are not alone!

January 2021 will soon be here so join us, and other providers to discuss how Ofsted Inspections might look in the 'new normal'.  This is a great opportunity to network, share ideas and ease yourself back into the thought process of being Ofsted ready. 

Baby and Toddler Connect

We will be running 7 FREE online Baby and Toddler Connect sessions in September 2020. These events will aim to cover all aspects of returning to running your groups, address your concerns, what you need to consider and some ideas to make your groups as fun and interactive as possible. All of these sessions will last approximately an hour and are free for to attend! Numbers are limited so book early to avoid missing out!

Promoting positive behaviour in groups
Join us for an open discussion with Baby & Toddler group leaders about promoting positive behaviour within our community groups. We'll be looking at what behaviour is, how it functions, how we can positively influence it, whilst addressing any issues we may have along the way.

  • Tuesday 22nd September - 2.30pm

Process rather than product activities
To explore together the importance of the process of play and how this supports learning and development

  • Thursday 24th September - 2.00pm

The importance of play
Explore and discuss the importance of play for children and how it helps their learning and development.  Discover how parents and carers can support children’s learning at home.

  • Monday 28th September - 2.00pm

You can find out more information about our Alliance Connect meetings by clicking on the Alliance Connect on the above drop down list. 


 

Online early years training and workshops | early years alliance

Supporting early years practitioners is a priority for us and we do this through our national network of nine Service Hubs. Through our Hubs we offer early years practitioners a wide range of high quality up-to-date specialist training and workshops in key areas to boost skills, enhance expertise and inspire confidence in your work.

www.eyalliance.org.uk

 


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Please join us for an activity-packed programme offering loads of ideas on how to keep your little one happy, motivated and learning over the summer.

We would like to invite you and your little ones to join one of our programmes of six weekly sessions providing more accessible ideas on how to help children's learning at home.

The six-week programmes are going to take place throughout Juy, August, September and October - with courses starting each week.

Session 1 – An Introduction to Home Learning

In the first session you'll go over the aims and objectives of the course and an outline of what you'll be doing. The course facilitator will help you to recognise the wide range of learning opportunities available in and around the home and show you a range of fun learning-through-play activities for your children to do at home.

Session 2 – Music Time with the Kitchen Band

You will all explore the benefits of home-based musical learning through everyday activities and be shown how to make music at home. Plus you'll get the chance to perform together as part of a ‘Kitchen Band’!

Session 3 – Creating Awe and Wonder through Science

During this session you will take a look at problem solving and complete a science experiment with your child including working out how to melt ice.

Session 4 – Supporting Emotional Wellbeing

You will be shown how to develop strategies to support child’s emotional development and wellbeing. You will explore feelings and emotions for all ages and gain an understanding of what mindfulness and relaxation is. You will talk about implement some relaxation strategies at home for yourselves and your child, to promote positive emotional wellbeing. And you'll be shown how to make sensory playdough.

Session 5 – No Garden Gardening

You will be shown how to identify the learning opportunities available through gardening. We will show you how to plan and carry out gardening activities with your child — even if you have no garden or outdoor space!

Session 6 – Physical fun

In this session we will be looking at ways to keep our bodies fit and healthy.  We will talk about the importance of physical activity for children and how you can all enjoy physical activities together as a family.

Please be aware sessions might be subject change dependent on available resources. 

How do I book onto the course?

At the moment we are currently finalising dates so to book on the courses and for more information on Let's Learn Together @Home

 register your interest here


Covid-19 has brought with it barriers to working on multiple levels. Social isolation can be distressing and difficult for many families. One area where we have seen a worrying gap is in the interpersonal and enriching face-to-face support that can be given to children and their families, promoting learning and sustaining the good level of development (GLD) that we all want to see children achieve by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

To go some way to filling that void, the Early Years Alliance has launched You Tube Recordings. Our new You Tube recordings with some advice and tips for adults on how to manage your children's behaviour and Rhyme Times, Storytime and Activity sessions for children and parents to watch together.

 

What exciting activities we have for you!

Early Years Alliance New You Tube Recordings Week Beginning 21st September 2020

 

Big Cook Little Cook –Fruit Tarts

Join Laura from the Early Years Alliance to make and roll the pastry and make some lovely fruit tarts, ideal for a lunchbox.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1HGItHyryM&list=PL-ErGYJogHAQDfJNCsVenZixbX4xBrMFi&index=121

Big Cook Little Cook – Cheese and Onion Pasties

Come and join Laura to roll, mix and bake some delicious cheese and onion pasties! Ideal for tea or cold in a lunch box.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHd606qA2yg&list=PL-ErGYJogHAQDfJNCsVenZixbX4xBrMFi&index=119

 

Big Cook Little Cook- Flatbreads

 

Join Laura from the Early Years Alliance to mix flour and yogurt to make and cook a tasty flatbread.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8KthBaL8tE&list=PL-ErGYJogHAQDfJNCsVenZixbX4xBrMFi&index=120

 

Pasta Play!

Come and join Cathy from the Early Years Alliance to find out so many different ways to use pasta in your child’s play, some great easy fun ideas to use at home to support your child’s learning and development.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7siOyvVKZrs&list=PL-ErGYJogHAQDfJNCsVenZixbX4xBrMFi&index=123

 

Adult Focused- Making the most of screen time

Come and join Natalie from the Early Years Alliance  to explore the beneifits and negatives of screen time with your children and the imprtance of parents involvement.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXQCEEI1-Yk&list=PL-ErGYJogHAQDfJNCsVenZixbX4xBrMFi&index=122                 

 

To view all the new recordings on the Early Years Alliance YouTube page please visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-ErGYJogHAQDfJNCsVenZixbX4xBrMFi

 

Don’t forget to visit Family Corner at https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/family-corner

       

 

                


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JOIN THE CONVERSATION 

The National OfstedBigConversation meeting was held on Friday 24 July 2020: click on this link for the Recording & Presentations


Last week, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government announced a £20 million funding scheme to help businesses across England get back on track.
This scheme is set to go live locally in September.
For more information


Tesco Bags of Help has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis by setting up a new fund to support local communities. In order to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application and payment process to make it easier to get funds out quickly.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund


NEW! FREE 'WELCOME BACK' PACKS FOR MEMBERS

The Welcome Back bundle

We have produced a free bundle of packs to support you, your children and your families as your provision re-opens, whenever you choose for that to be.

NEW! FREE 'WELCOME BACK' PACKS FOR CHILDMINDERS

The Welcome Back bundle

The three packs that make up the ‘Welcome Back’ bundle have been developed to support childminders as you consider the implications for welcoming children back to your home.

The emphasis throughout is to keep children at the centre of the process. Each pack addresses the challenges you may face as you provide a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment in your home. You will be encouraged to reflect on the government’s guidance and consider the options for your provision.

The templates included are easily adaptable to suit the unique circumstances faced by you and the families you support.


NEW YouTube Recordings

Join Natalie from the Early Years Alliance for a NEW Adult focused sessions. 

Click to access on Early Years Alliance YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yh3SnNW7ts

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Join Natalie from the Early Years Alliance for a NEW Adult focused session on how to support your child’s development with numbers and counting through play in the home.

Click to access on Early Years Alliance YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D__pq54J9Ls&list=PL-ErGYJogHAQDfJNCsVenZixbX4xBrMFi&index=42

 


The Early Years Alliance supports an ever-widening range of early years providers and provides a united voice for all our members, as well as providing an expanding portfolio of direct services for children and families.

As the East Anglia Service Hub, we support over 1000 members in Norfolk, Suffolk, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Essex. 

Our members include pre-schools, day nurseries, toddler groups, nursery schools, children’s centres and individuals. However we work closely with the other eight service hubs across the country and promote cross boundary working for members. 

We have been providing high quality support and advice to providers of early years education and childcare across East Anglia for more than 25 years.

The type of support we offer ranges from alliance connect meetings with guest speakers, networking opportunities with other early years member groups and sharing best practice and advice.  We are an accredited childcare training provider and run regular courses, including Cache Qualifications courses in early years and early years workshops such as 'Education Inspection Framework', 'Cultural Capital', 'Promoting Communication and Language in the Early Years' and many more workshops. 

We also create and deliver bespoke and in-house workshops either for individual settings or practitioners and providers to access. 

To see our current projects and work carried out across the Service Hub please click on the 'Our Services' tab above.

For any queries please do get in touch with us eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk or telephone 01954 231751


Workshop plus+ Be inspired

Enhance the experience! 
 
Any training attended shouldn’t be seen in isolation – it’s there to bolster and enhance your knowledge and practise, so don’t let the learning stop at the door.  
 
For the learning process to continue, to be reflected upon, to be shared with your colleagues and embedded within your setting after the training day is over, some further work and thought may be needed.   
 
Workshop plus+ has been developed to take the learning a step further. All participants now have the option of booking additional support alongside the training workshop. 
 
The additional support can be provided in-house to:

  • reinforce the learning to the whole staff team
  • focussed support with the workshop participant on a 1:1 basis
  • to be able to answer any follow up questions regarding the concept of the training
  • to aid self-reflection and provide more practical support to draft development plans or facilitate discussion
  • or can be tailored to meet any bespoke need.

 
All Workshop plus+ support would be designed to meet your individual needs to maximise the impact and ensure your time and energy is rewarded, and all from as little as £70…. 
 
Interested? 
 
To find out more please call us on 01954 231751 or email eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk 

Feedback from previous workshops and in-house training workshops

"I'm interested in always developing my learning."

"The tutor is great, knowledgeable and friendly."

"Enjoyed how course was calmly delivered, enjoyable group of people."

"Really informative training session. Lots to take back to support my practitioners."

"Inspiring tutor in the comfort of your own setting. Perfect."

"I found the whole session useful and refreshed my knowledge."


 

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Christmas at Ely and Peterborough Cathedral 2020

The Early Years Alliance would like to thank Ely Cathedral and Peterborough Cathedral for letting us use their magnificent buildings.

Sadly, due to Covid 19, and the safety of all the staff and families we will be unable to deliver our usual Christmas celebrations at Peterborough and Ely Cathedral in December 2020.  

We will be running these events next year. 

Peterborough Cathedral Thursday 9 December 2021

Ely Cathedral date TBC

 

We look forward to meeting you all once again in December 2021! 

 

Training & Workshops

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Welcome to our virtual classroom

September - November 2020

 

Following on from the popularity of our Alliance Connect online networking events, having listened to your views, wants and needs, we have now developed a programme of Virtual Classrooms.

Delivered over two or three 90 minute sessions, these courses have been specifically designed to be delivered online and can be accessed from the safety and comfort of your own space, whether that be at home or in the workplace, giving you an interactive experience with other providers to share ideas and support you to effectively deliver your provision.

SPECIAL EARLY BIRD OFFER: 
get a 5% discount on all bookings made before the 31st of October

 

September virtual classroom workshops

 

Let's Talk about Change - managing children's transitions and adjusting to a new normal

Are you concerned about welcoming children back into the setting after time away? Wondering how you can support children so they are ready for the next stage? 

In these two interactive 90 minute sessions, we take a closer look at:

  • building on the information you already have and re-establishing starting points 
  • making the most of the home learning experience 
  • taking a key person approach to re-settling children 
  • how to prepare children for the next stage 
  • supporting the emotions of children and parents

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across two days.

 

Members

  • £35.00 per person
  • Non-members
    £50.00 per person

 

 

October virtual classroom workshops

 

Inspirational Leadership and Management

Want to inspire your staff to be outstanding? Is motivating colleagues important to you? This course is suitable for leaders, managers and room leaders. To find out more join us on this online workshop where we will: 

  • discuss inspirational leadership of your early years team 
  • consider the difference between managers and leaders, taking a closer look at the characteristics of an effective leader 
  • discuss and be aware of the leadership and management requirements in the latest Education Inspection Framework (EIF) to support you in leading and inspiring an outstanding early years’ setting 

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across two days.

 

£35.00 per person

  • Non-members
    £50.00 per person

 

 

Cultural Capital

What is Cultural Capital, and why do you need to know about it? Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework requires you to develop children’s Cultural Capital – but what does this mean?  This course is suitable for managers, room leaders, early years practitioners and childminders. During this course you will:

  • learn what ‘Cultural Capital’ is and what it looks like in an Early Years setting. 
  • develop ways to use your practice to recognise and enhance children’s Cultural Capital  
  • discuss how parent partnership is vital when extending Cultural Capital  
  • look at where Cultural Capital already sits in good quality Early Years provision and in the EYFS curriculum 

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across two days.

 

  • Members
    £35.00 per person
  • Non-members
    £50.00 per person

 

 

Exploring the Education Inspection Framework

 Are you worried about when Ofsted are due? Do you want to know how Ofsted will inspect registered early years settings? 

Inspectors will be looking at what the EYFS curriculum is like and how it is taught in your setting. They will be spending more time in the room “having those professional conversations with leaders and practitioners" and looking for an increased emphasis on vocabulary and books 

This course is suitable for managers, voluntary management committee members/trustees and owners. This online workshop will:

  • explore Ofsted's Education Inspection Framework 
  • examine the key changes 

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across two days.

 

  • Members
    £35.00 per person
  • Non-members
    £50.00 per person

 

 

November virtual classroom workshops

 

Let's Talk the Learning Walk

Who is ready for the conversation with Ofsted? Want to find out more about ways you can showcase your provision? This course is suitable for managers, early years practitioners, childminders, apprentices and trainees.

Join us for the interactive online workshop where we will:  

  • explore the focus of the Education Inspection Framework  
  • define the learning walk, and talk through what needs to be included 
  • look at ways to be ready for professional discussions as a team   
  • break down how we can support colleagues to be able to talk with confidence about the children and provision they know well 

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across two days.

 

  • Members
    £35.00 per person
  • Non-members
    £50.00 per person

 

 

Defining the Early Years Curriculum

What to gain a more detailed understanding of the Early Years curriculum? New to working in childcare? These sessions are suitable for all practitioners working in early years.

This online course is designed to:

  • define and discuss the term 'curriculum'
  • explore the intent, implementation and impact of the early years' curriculum 
  • recognise how the curriculum is planned and sequenced
  • consider how and why we should monitor the effectiveness of the curriculum
  • discuss ‘in the moment planning’ and how it supports the unique child 

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across two days.

 

Members

  • £35.00 per person
  • Non-members
    £50.00 per person

 

 

Exploring Emotional Intelligence through Outdoor Play

Do you understand emotional resilience? Do you want to enable children to risk-take in a safe and secure way? This course is suitable for all early years practitioners.

This online workshop will enable you to:

  • develop the skills to support children to build resilience and risk-taking opportunities 
  • learn how to create opportunities to team build and support each other.​ 
  • discover how to support and improve behaviour through teamwork​ 
  • consider how to observe play effectively to assess, record and plan for different stages of development     

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across two days.

 

  • Members
    £35.00 per person
  • Non-members
    £50.00 per person

 

 

Domestic Abuse and Violence Awareness

Do you want to gain a greater understanding of how to identify and support those who may be at risk of, and those who may witness domestic violence? This course is suitable for all early years practitioners. This online workshop will enable you to:

  • understand the scope and meaning of the terms ‘domestic abuse and violence’ 
  • be aware of the prevalence of domestic abuse  
  • understand the legislative framework for Domestic Abuse 
  • understand the impact it has on both adults and recognise signs and indicators of domestic abuse 
  • develop awareness of support available and how to access it 
  • be able to respond more effectively to concerns relating to domestic abuse 

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across two days.

 

  • Members
    £35.00 per person
  • Non-members
    £50.00 per person

 

 

Promoting Positive Behaviour

Are you confident you do all you can to support children’s positive behaviour? Need more information on supporting children who display more challenging behaviour? This course is suitable for all practitioners working with young children. This online workshop is designed to enable you to:

  • define behaviour  
  • identify influences on children’s behaviour​ 
  • reflect on adults' own behaviour​ 
  • explore supportive approaches to addressing behaviour​ 
  • examine practical solutions to challenging behaviour  
  • understand the term Trauma Informed Behaviour

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across three days.

 

  • Members
    £52.50 per person
  • Non-members
    £75.00 per person

 

 

Business Success in the Early Years

Business success, what does this mean to you?

Do you want to explore how leadership, the quality of the setting, effective marketing strategy and sound financial management systems are all essential pieces of a sustainability jigsaw? This course is suitable for managers, voluntary management committee members/trustees and owners. By attending this virtual Classroom you will:

  • explore how effective leadership can affect sustainability.
  • review high quality provision and how this links to sustainability  
  • understand the value of a clear marketing and communication strategy
  • explore good business practices for childcare providers
  • review how financial data can inform decision making   
  • understand the responsibilities of an employer to their staff

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across two days.

 

  • Members
    £35.00 per person
  • Non-members
    £50.00 per person

 

 

Discovering and Developing Loose Parts Play

Do you want to support children’s curiosity and spark wonder and joy? Interested to learn about the best way to use the loose parts you have in your setting? 

This workshop aims to help early years settings understand and support children’s curiosity and creativity in early years settings​. These sessions are suitable for early years practitioners working with young children. You will:

  • explore the theory behind loose parts​ 
  • understand the possibilities of children’s play​ 
  • consider how to value and extend children’s ideas, imagination, language and thinking​ 
  • to explore the use of materials and media to develop creative play 

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across two days.

 

  • Members
    £35.00 per person
  • Non-members
    £50.00 per person

 

 

Promoting Communication and Language

Do you want to learn how to support all children in your setting to develop their speech and language skills? This workshop will support your setting to promote good communication and language development in young children. These sessions are suitable for all early years practitioners. You will:

  • discuss the importance of language ​ 
  • identifying influences on children’s language​ 
  • consider expected patterns of development​ 
  • explore supportive approaches to promote language development 

Dates & times: 

NB. Sessions will take place across two days.

 

  • Members
    £35.00 per person
  • Non-members
    £50.00 per person

 

 

SPECIAL EARLY BIRD OFFER: 
get a 5% discount on all bookings made before the 31st of October

To book:
Sessions are held virtually by Zoom. Please register each person by clicking the course date you are interested in. We will then contact you to arrange payment. 

Not an Alliance member?
Find out more here

 

 

In-house training in our virtual classroom!

Are you interested in us delivering the workshops to your whole staff team? 

 

 

Become a member of the Alliance to receive a number of Alliance benefits such as discounted workshops, over 20 free online training courses for your team via online training specialists EduCare, access to 24 hour legal helpline Law-Call  and the Alliance Under 5 magazine. 


Are you, or a member of your team, wanting to undertake a NCFE CACHE LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA FOR THE EARLY YEARS WORKFORCE?

To find out more about this training contact Ria on 01732 363070 or email ria.clifton@eyalliance.org.uk


For more information on our training and qualifications for early years practitioners and apprentices please visit the Training Page of our national website. 

Training Centre, First Floor, Bridge House, 97-101 High St, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1DR, 01732 363 070, training.centre@eyalliance.org.uk

 

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The next round of networking meetings will focus on:

Alliance Connect Events - Autumn 2020

The next round of networking meetings will focus on the following topics and can be booked using the link for the relevant date/time:

Meeting the needs of children from day one
Where are children now in their learning and development? 

This discussion will focus on:  Settling children back into your provision, sharing practice and top tips with other practitioners about specific issues such as attachment, safeguarding, and the impact on children who might not have had the best experience of being at home and maintaining the momentum of the home learning environment and building on the positives of parents as prime educators during lock-down.

  • Tuesday 8 September -  3.30pm

Focus on Childminders

All Early Years Providers are welcome to any session that we host, but we also know that some of the challenges are different when you are working out of your own home.  With this in mind, we holding a dedicated Alliance Connect event for home-based childcare.  Come and join other childminding providers and share your experiences and ideas.

Working with children with EAL  -  Top tips and advice 

Join us for a focus discussion where we will look at simple and useful top tips and strategies to support children in your setting who have English as an Additional Language. We will share resources and give ideas on best practice.   We can refresh you on how this links to the EYFS requirements and give practical examples and actions for supporting children and their families.

Grant Funding - Thinking Outside the Box

This networking event will have a focus discussion about best practice when applying for grants and where to look for small grant opportunities.   We will explore factors that need consideration and share top tips for writing a successful application.

  • Monday 14th September - 5.00pm
  • Monday 19th October - 1.00pm

Making the Most of Digital Marketing

The Alliance's Marketing Team joins us to support the discussion and give practical advice and top tips on best ways to use digital marketing to improve your occupancy through Websites, Facebook and external childcare search sites.  FREE Digital Marketing Mini Guide for every attendee.

  • Wednesday 16th September - 10.00am
  • Tuesday 29th September - 10.00am
  • Thursday 15th October - 3.30pm

What's new for SEND?

This networking event will have a focus discussion relating to the impact of Covid-19 on children with SEND, and their families.  Explore with us practice challenges and talk through different ways settings can offer support. Engage with other providers, share ideas and find out more about other support networks.

Let’s Talk Committees, AGM's and voluntary managed Early Years Settings

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges facing committees

We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations regarding AGM's, working together, your responsibility and consider what is the new normal. FREE Top Tips Mini Guide for every attendee.

  • Wednesday 23rd September - 7.00pm
  • Thursday 22nd October - 7.00pm

Operating a Viable Early Years Provision

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges around operating a viable, sustainable early years setting.    We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations.

Post-Covid Ofsted Inspections

Are Ofsted Inspections currently pushed to the back of your mind? Haven't thought about the 3 I's or the Learning Walk since March?  If your answer is YES please be reassured that you are not alone!

January 2021 will soon be here so join us, and other providers to discuss how Ofsted Inspections might look in the 'new normal'.  This is a great opportunity to network, share ideas and ease yourself back into the thought process of being Ofsted ready. 

Baby and Toddler Connect

We will be running 7 FREE online Baby and Toddler Connect sessions in September 2020. These events will aim to cover all aspects of returning to running your groups, address your concerns, what you need to consider and some ideas to make your groups as fun and interactive as possible. All of these sessions will last approximately an hour and are free for to attend! Numbers are limited so book early to avoid missing out!

Welcome back pack - preparing for opening
Join us to discuss how operating after lockdown and welcoming back families into our baby and toddler groups may look. We will be looking at the most current government guidelines and items to consider whilst completing your action plan/risk assessment

  • Friday 11th September - 2.00pm
  • Thursday 17th September - 2.30pm

Risk assessments/health and safety in groups
To explore together what processes and procedures need to be in place to minimise the risk for families attending the group

Promoting positive behaviour in groups
Join us for an open discussion with Baby & Toddler group leaders about promoting positive behaviour within our community groups. We'll be looking at what behaviour is, how it functions, how we can positively influence it, whilst addressing any issues we may have along the way.

  • Tuesday 22nd September - 2.30pm

Process rather than product activities
To explore together the importance of the process of play and how this supports learning and development

  • Thursday 24th September - 2.00pm

The importance of play
Explore and discuss the importance of play for children and how it helps their learning and development.  Discover how parents and carers can support children’s learning at home.

  • Monday 28th September - 2.00pm

Stay connected with us

April saw the launch of our first online Alliance Connect sessions to keep in touch with providers and to give you the opportunity to come together and discuss the issues you are facing at this time.

We have had some positive feedback from our first sessions. When asked what they liked most about the event, attendees said:

"being able to discuss current issues and concerns, get advice and reassurance, know that the Early Years Alliance will act as our collective voice and bring these issues and concerns
to Govt on our behalf, know that I’m not alone and that colleagues feel the same way as I do about current events and their impact on our sector". The Village Montessori, Essex

“being able to interact with other settings in the same position as ourselves”, Dicker House Pre-school, West Sussex

“It was a good platform to connect with other managers and settings. Listening to their concerns and ideas was reassuring and showed that we are all in this together”. Abington Pre-school, Cambridgeshire


Alliance Connect meetings offer an opportunity to meet other childcare practitioners and to explore the particular issues facing those involved in managing a childcare setting.

There will be opportunities to share good practice and to obtain mutual support.

Alliance Connect meetings are also your chance to get your thoughts and concerns shared right up to government level and to help shape national policies.

We can pass on your feedback to Alliance managers and to Neil Leitch, our Chief Executive, who regularly meets with government ministers to help shape early years policy.

Please bring ideas or questions you have, or email the topics you would like us to cover and they will be put on the agenda.

Early Years Development & Family Support Workers - Southend

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Working in partnership with Southend Borough Council the Early Years Alliance provides advice and support to early years and childcare providers to ensure high quality practice for all children within Southend. 

The type of advice and support that is offered ranges from enabling environments, safeguarding, safer recruitment, and risk assessment. Providers are also challenged and supported in preparation for Ofsted inspections.

The development team plays a key role in the communication and workforce development functions of the service.

The Early Years Resource Page on the Southend Learning Network site is available to all Southend providers including schools, which is monitored and updated regularly. It contains current Government legislation, Ofsted documents and all Early Years paperwork including Provider Handbooks and Parent Funding Declaration Forms.

Training is arranged for the childcare workforce in all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage and to degree level. Training also includes a rolling programme of Safeguarding including Level 2, Refresher and Designated Person.

The team also contribute to LSCB safeguarding meetings and link closely with the Local Authority Safeguarding Team and the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).

The team can be contacted via email earlyyears@southend.gov.uk


The Early Years Alliance leads on a partnership of key statutory and voluntary sector service providers, to improve outcomes in social and emotional development, diet and nutrition and communication and language through preventative initiatives for 0-3s. 

A Better Start Southend

Family Support Workers for Social Communication Needs

A better Start Southend, the Early Years Alliance and the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Early Years SEN Team have joined up and are offering a new service to parents in A Better Start Areas.  Their experience as parents alongside their professional training they have received will enable them to help you in the best way possible.

Who we are for - is this for you?

  • Concerned about your child' development in (at least) two of these areas: communication; interaction; imaginative play?
  • is your child currently on the Multidiscipliary Assessment waiting list?

What we offer

  • A peer support service
  • Telephone/email contact
  • Home visits
  • Community visits
  • Flexible service to best meet your needs
  • Signposting
  • Information and advice

The Southend Borough Council SEND team identified a need for support for families for when they first receive or whilst they are waiting for a diagnosis of autism. A Better Start Southend have provided funding for the Early Years Alliance to provide Family Support Workers to support parents during this period on a referal basis. These positions work alongside the Southend SEND and Portage team as well as the Alliance Early Years Development Service to support families within Southend.

Community Connections

A partner in a Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities project covering Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough Area 

Community Connections is a programme supporting young people, older workers, low skilled workers, migrants and other hard to reach groups into education, employment or training. 7 organisations from different sectors each with its own specialist area of focus will work together to meet the multiple and complex needs of participants leaving a lasting legacy. We will actively encourage participants to engage in community events and take on volunteering opportunities in order to gain important experience and feel more connected with their communities. Participants will be more connected to the local labour market, more connected to local services and support organisations are better connected.

Our focus is on families and the barriers to employment, training or job search.  Working with local early years providers, we will support families to access childcare and understand the funding available to allow them to undertake training, job search or employment. 

As a training provider of early year’s qualifications we can support them into apprenticeships or qualification training.

For more information on the project contact Mandy Beetlestone, Building Better Opportunities Community Connections Advisor on 07950 552324  or mandy.beetlestone@eyalliance.org.uk or Gary Croxon Service Manager 01954 231751 gary.croxon@eyalliance.org.uk  

This programme is match funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund

Work with us

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Our vision

Our vision is a society where every child enjoys the opportunity to learn through play. We believe families should be at the centre of policy-making and empowered and supported to become fully involved with their child's learning, development, health and well-being.

The way we work

We champion childhood and children’s right to play and want to ensure that all children, regardless of background, are given the best possible start in life and an opportunity to thrive and develop to their maximum potential.

We work to support families and early years providers to enhance children’s life chances, by raising standards and quality of childcare, encouraging safeguard-led practice and providing high quality training, support and advice.

Please browse this website to see the programmes and services we provide.

For further details about any of these, or to explore how we might work together with you in your area, please contact Gary Croxon, Service Manager for the Alliance in East Anglia gary.croxon@eyalliance.org.uk  or phone our main office 01954 231751.

Meeting Room for Hire

    

East Anglia Early years Alliance - Room Hire

If you are looking to hold an event, appointment with a client, private study session or workshop, why not book a room with us?

Green space just moments away, great for breaks, small group work or a team building activity?

Free parking

Equipment included in hire charge

  • Projector & Projector Screen
  • Flipchart & Pens
  • Whiteboard and Pens
  • Coffee & Tea making facilities

Training Room Layouts (up to 16)

Training Room Layouts Quantity of Chairs
Boardroom 12
Class room 10
Theatre 16

For a booking form and prices or enquires call the East Anglia Service Hub on 01954 231751

Email eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk

 

Payslip service

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Reduce the time and burden on your business or group by using the Early Years Alliance payslip service.

We offer a comprehensive, secure payslip service for pre‑schools, full daycare nurseries, out of school clubs and other community groups across England and Wales.

The service includes:

 

Enquire about our payslip service

 

Become an Alliance member

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The Early Years Alliance is dedicated to giving every child, parent and practioner the best experience in the early years.

Our membership packages combine the best support, training and information for member settings to help you in turn support the children and families you work with.

  • More than 20 free Cache-endorsed online training courses for your team via EduCare
  • Access to 24hr legal helpline Law-Call 
  • 10 issues of Under 5 magazine a year — each issue is packed with sector news, policy updates and activity ideas
  • 'EY Instant Update' emails to alert you of any policy, legislation or funding changes
  • Access to our specialist and competitively-priced insurance 
  • On-call support from our expert advisers
  • 20% off our extensive range of books and publications
  • Free mini guides on various aspects of running an early years setting

Find out more about membership

Contact us

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Welcome to the East Anglia Service Hub

Service Manager — Gary Croxon

Service Administrator — Janette Sutcliffe

Finance Officer — Emily Sutton

We can be contacted by email eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk or by telephone on 01954 231751.

 

Our team is based in Swavesey, 10 miles north of Cambridge;

East Anglia Service Hub

Century House

Market Street

Swavesey

Cambridgeshire

CB24 4QG

Tel: 01954 231751

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East Anglia Service Hub
Century House
Market Street
Cambridge
CB24 4QG
United Kingdom