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.

The next round of networking meetings will focus on:

Let's Talk September 

Are you in limbo or at a crossroad and unsure of how to plan for the Autumn Term?  If the answer is yes, then this could be the session for you.  We may not always have the answers but together we can look at how we can navigate forward.

Join other providers in the country to look at the challenges and share ideas.  The focus will be on: Showcasing your setting and visits from new families, Regulations, cohorts and bubbles, Staffing and Flexible Furlough, Settling in children​ new and previous, Any other topic.

SEND and Inclusion - During Covid 19

Nicky Gibson, the Alliance's Inclusion Manager, will be joining these network events to support the conversation around SEND and Inclusion during Covid 19. 

The Challenges of Operating a Viable, Sustainable Early Years Setting

What are your plans and thoughts to ensure you remain viable?  Join us to network with other providers on their concerns, issues and best practice.

Grant Funding - Thinking Outside the Box

Tapped into some funding and which to share your experience with others or want to find out more about where to look for small grant opportunities?  Sarah Ellis, Development Manager for the Alliance, will be joining us at these two connects to give ideas and facilitate the discussions.   

  • Tuesday 28th July -   5.00pm
  • Thursday 30th July - 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.

 

Making the most of digital marketing to improve your sustainability

The Alliance's marketing team will be joining us to support the discussion and give practical advice on digital marketing. 

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


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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 Family Webinars. Our webinar sessions are Rhyme Times, Storytime and Activity sessions for children and parents to watch together.

What exciting activities we have for you!

Early Years Alliance Family Webinars Week Beginning 6th July 2020

 

Monday 6th July 10.30am

Big Cook, Little Cook, Fruit and Yogurt Bars

Come and join Laura from the Early Years Alliance to make  delicious fruit and yogurt bars at home with your children.

 

Please register for Big Cook Little Cook Fruit and Yogurt Bars on Jul 6, 2020 10:30 AM BST at:

 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/

6596200460900088843

 

 

  

 

 

Wednesday 8th July 10.30am

On the Farmyard Music session

Come and join Marie for a singing session listen to all the noisy animals and sing along!  How much noise can you make?

 

Please register for On the Farmyard Music Session on Jul 8, 2020 10:30 AM BST at:

 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/

3436672434625408011

 

  

 

 

 

Friday 10th July 6.00pm

Transport Rhyme Time

Come and join Marie from the Early Years Alliance to enjoy a transport music special! See what vehicles you can make at home.

 

Please register for Transport Rhyme Time on Jul 10, 2020 10:30 AM BST at:

 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/

5891833520937798670

 

 

       

 

 

New You Tube Session!

Mathematical Babies

Come and join Natalie from the Early Years Alliance for an adult focused session around introducing maths to babies and young children in the home and all the benefits for your child’s development.

https://www.youtube.com/c/EYAlliance

 

 

 

New YouTube Session!

Making the most of Play Patterns

Join Natalie from the Early Years Alliance for an adult focused session around understanding your child’s play patterns and how you can support and encourage learning through play at home.

 

Please visit https://www.youtube.com/c/EYAlliance

 

 

 

 

                      

 


The Forgotten Sector report      
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Alliance calls for urgent financial support package for the early years.

The Early Years Alliance is calling on the government to commit to an urgent financial support package to ensure that early years providers in England are able to remain viable throughout the coronavirus package and beyond. The report also include a number of other recommendations including: a reversal of the u-turn on Job Retention Scheme access, support with the costs of cleaning and PPE and greater access to business support grants.

Providers can email their MP here

Parents can email their MP here


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

 


EXCITING NEWS:

  • Check out the Early Years Alliance YouTube  - YouTube.

Please comment and tell us what you think.

Click here to view on YouTube


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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Working in partnership with Southend Borough Council the Early Years Alliance provides advice and support to early years and childcare providers to ensure high...

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Community Connections

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

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Our vision is a society where every child enjoys the opportunity to learn through play. We ...

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The Alliance directly manages 75 childcare services across England. ...

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

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Welcome to the East Anglia Service Hub

Service Manager — Gary Croxon

Service Administrator — Janette Sutcliffe

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News and events

 

Christmas at Ely and Peterborough Cathedral 2019

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

We would also like to thank our two pre-schools that worked really hard to to make the Nativities so special, there was a lovely festive atmosphere with lots of loud singing and smiles from everyone as they jingled bells and clapped hands to lots of Christmassy songs, it was a fantastic turnout and was a lovely way to bring people together at this magical time of year.

This was a great experience for all the children and parents/carers that were in the Nativity and those who came to watch. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  

 

 

Thank you to the stars of the show;

Rainbow Pre-school at Ely Cathedral and Eyrescroft Pre-school at Peterborough Cathedral 

 

Training & Workshops

Training session

 

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.

Pack 1   Pack 2   

 

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.

Supporting mental health and wellbeing  Creating a safe and enabling environment  Meeting the needs of every child from day one


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.

If you need more information please contact us at 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."

Cost 

£35 Alliance members

£50 non - members

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

 

Alliance Connect

Coffee morning


The next round of networking meetings will focus on:

Let's Talk September 

Are you in limbo or at a crossroad and unsure of how to plan for the Autumn Term?  If the answer is yes, then this could be the session for you.  We may not always have the answers but together we can look at how we can navigate forward.

Join other providers in the country to look at the challenges and share ideas.  The focus will be on: Showcasing your setting and visits from new families, Regulations, cohorts and bubbles, Staffing and Flexible Furlough, Settling in children​ new and previous, Any other topic.

SEND and Inclusion - During Covid 19

Nicky Gibson, the Alliance's Inclusion Manager, will be joining these network events to support the conversation around SEND and Inclusion during Covid 19. 

The Challenges of Operating a Viable, Sustainable Early Years Setting

What are your plans and thoughts to ensure you remain viable?  Join us to network with other providers on their concerns, issues and best practice.

Grant Funding - Thinking Outside the Box

Tapped into some funding and which to share your experience with others or want to find out more about where to look for small grant opportunities?  Sarah Ellis, Development Manager for the Alliance, will be joining us at these two connects to give ideas and facilitate the discussions.   

  • Tuesday 28th July -   5.00pm
  • Thursday 30th July - 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.

Making the most of digital marketing to improve your sustainability

The Alliance's marketing team will be joining us to support the discussion and give practical advice on digital marketing. 


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

Meeting

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. 14 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
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