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', 'Cultral Capital', 'Promoting Communication and Language in the Early Years' and many more workshops. 

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

Please see our training page for details of planned courses in our area or download the new spring training brochure.

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


Download our training brochureSpring workshop brochure now available

Our spring workshop brochure is now available to read and download here.

To book a workshop please use our booking form.

All workshops can be delivered in-house or you can request a workshop to be delivered in your area.  Contact us to discuss the options.

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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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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

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Download our training brochureDownload our new 2020 Spring Training Brochure  and/or a booking form  

Below is a list of workshops which can also be delivered in-house. If you need more information please contact us at eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk.

 

 

Workshop Venue Date Time  
Yummy, yummy in my Tummy Springfield Parish Council, Chelmsford 24/2/2020 1.15pm - 4.15pm This workshop will enable you to support staff to plan how food is presented in the setting, taking account of the many ways food is part of a children's day and to consider current trends, issues and guidance for healthy eating.  It will ensure healthy eating princilples, inclusive practice and enjoyment are at the heart of planning
Quality Teaching and Learning  Abby Neighbourhood Centre, Thetford 25/2/2020 2.30pm - 5.30pm By attending this workshop you will gain a greater undersanding of your role in supporting children's learning, what exactly are Ofsted looking for, how effectively are you evluating the quality of your practice and what does best practice look like
Superheroes at Play The Cressett, Peterborough 2/3/2020 10.15pm - 1.15pm This workshop will enable you to discover how to support children's learning and development through superhero play, it will help practitioners to provide a platform for children to learn about rules within groups and teams to develop boisterous play in a safe way and managing the risk.  It will also help to demonstrate how to encourage children to detect signs and learn from body language
Exploring Emotional Experiences The Cressett, Peterborough 18/3/2020 1.15pm - 4.15pm By attending this course it will give you as a practitioner a better understanding of children's social and emotional development and build skills such as emotional resilience and conflict resolution in a nurturing environment
Building Bridges for Transition Shoebury Nursery, Southend-on-Sea 20/3/2020 1.00pm - 4.00pm Practitioners will understand the importance of providing a strong transition for children and increased confidence in working in partnership with parents and colleagues during transitions they will have an improved understanding of how the EYFS supports children's transitions, access to a forum to share experiences, concerns and success stories
Promoting Communications and Language Hyndman Centre, Bury st Edmunds 23/3/2020 1.00 - 4.00pm The aim of the workshop is to help early years settings promote good communication and language development in young children
Building Bridges for Transition East Anglia Service Hub, Cambridgeshire 24/3/2020 2.00pm - 5.00pm Practitioners will understand the importance of providing a strong transition for children and increased confidence in working in partnership with parents and colleagues during transitions they will have an improved understanding of how the EYFS supports children's transitions, access to a forum to share experiences, concerns and success stories

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

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.


Children's social and emotional development and behaviour

Nicky Gibson, Inclusion Manager

12 February 2020 1pm -2.30pm

Springfield Parish Council  
St Augustine's Way
Chelmsford
CM11 6GX

£10 Alliance Member
£25 Non Members

Children’s behaviour is often an area of concern for early years settings. This session will explore some of these concerns and look at influential factors which impact on children's social and emotional development and behaviour. During the session the Early Years Alliance will share evidenced based research and practical solutions which we have found work in our own settings.


Emerging trends and the future of the EYFS 

Melanie Pilcher, Quality and Standards Manager

 

5 March, 1pm - 2.30pm
Shoebury Nursery
Southend-on-Sea, SS3 9NS

£10 Alliance Member
£25 non Member

In this session, the Alliance’s Quality and Standards Manager Melanie Pilcher will discuss some of the common themes and trends from the recently introduced Education Inspection Framework, including workload management and curriculum delivery. There will also be time to discuss the  proposed revisions to the Early Learning Goals and the implications for providers as the sector faces yet more changes.


Committee safeguarding roles and responsibilities

Alison Morris, Lead Early Years Business & Governance Adviser for Cambridgeshire County Council Early Years Service

26 February - 5pm - 6.30pm
East Anglia Service Hub
Market Street, Swavesey       
Cambridgeshire, CB24 4QG

£5 Alliance Member
£20 Non Member 

 

In this session, Alison will visit aspects of the EYFS statutory framework that are relevant to safeguarding, such as safer recruitment, and to talk about the role of the committee designated safeguarding officer within the setting.

Ideal for all Committee members


 

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. 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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