As a Service Hub of the Alliance, we support over 1000 members across East Anglia including pre-schools, day nurseries, toddler groups, nursery schools, children’s centres and individuals.

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 East Anglia area covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Essex.  However, we work closely with the other eight service hubs across the country and promote cross boundary working for members.  

You can contact us by email eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk or telephone 01954 231751


Don't feel alone with the new Ofsted Framework - Join us and other providers for an interactive webinar, networking and popcorn!

Be ahead of the game and join us for an interactive Webinar with Alliance Quality Improvement Director MICHAEL FREESTON and Policy and Standards Manager MELANIE PILCHER focusing on what the new Ofsted framework will mean for you.

As well as the interactive webinar in a ‘cinema- style’ setting (including Popcorn), there will be an opportunity to ask questions, as well as networking.

There will also be refreshments, a free publication, as well as a chance to find out about workshops you can attend and other support and training available from the Early Years Alliance locally.

Where and When?

Thursday 25 April 

 The Fleet, Fleet Way, Fletton, Peterborough, PE2 8DL 

Doors Open 3.30pm, start 3.50pm with Webinar 4pm and discussions 5pm

Cost

£5 Alliance members / £15 non-members

To book your place email eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk or telephone 01954 231751 


Early Years Workshop - Developing Sustained Shared Thinking

Sustained Shared Thinking is a teaching approach where practitioners help children to learn and extend their thinking skills. The workshop will explore this teaching approach which combines positive relationships and meaningful activities. 

Workshops are being held at Southend-on-Sea 2 May and Swavesey 16 May.  

For more information please click 'Early Years Workshops' on the dropdown menu 'Our Services'


Alliance Annual Conference 2019 

Be the Best - sharing early years excellence

The 2019 annual Alliance member conference will take place on Friday, 31 May 2019 at the Hilton London Bankside, in Southwark, London SE1 0UG.

The Alliance conference has been refreshed this year!  Click here to find out more


 Ely Cathedral and Peterborough Cathedral - Celebration of Christmas 

Once again we held our ever popular Ely and Peterborough Cathedral events to celebrate Christmas on the 4 and 11 December. 

Thank you to St. Thomas More Catholic Nursery, who performed at Peterborough Cathedral and Rainbows Pre-school who performed at Ely Cathedral.  

We would also like to thank the Cathedral teams for their hospitality and working in partnership to present the Nativity at these spectacilar venues.  

Children, families and carers joined in with the singing and enjoyed light refreshments following the performance.   

If you have any questions please get in touch with us on eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk or 01954 231751.  

We look forward to seeing you next year.   


A partner in a  Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities project 

Community Connections is a programme in North Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that supports 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.  

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


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News and events

Dates for your diary 

During 2019 we will be planning and delivering a number of workshops and member forums across the service hub.  Information on this will be sent to Alliance members, updates will also be available on our website. 


Don't feel alone...

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Early Years Workshops

Developing Sustained Shared Thinking

The aim of this workshop is:

To enable participants to review Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being Scales (SSTEW) and consider how this could...

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Family Support Workers - Southend

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. 

The...

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Early Years Development - Southend

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...

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Children's services

Directly-managed settings

The Alliance directly manages 80 childcare services across England. Visit the Find Childcare page on the Alliance website and enter your postcode or town below to find the...

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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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Contact us

Boy on toy phoneTo discuss any of our events, trainings or other services please call:

Service Hub Manager - Gary Croxon

01954 231751...

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Training

Visit our national website for more information 

Training Centre, First Floor, Bridge House, 97-101 High St, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1DR, 01732 363 070,...

Read more

News and events

Dates for your diary 

During 2019 we will be planning and delivering a number of workshops and member forums across the service hub.  Information on this will be sent to Alliance members, updates will also be available on our website. 


Don't feel alone with the new Ofsted Framework - Join us and other providers for an interactive webinar, networking and popcorn!

Be ahead of the game and join us for an interactive Webinar with Alliance Quality Improvement Director MICHAEL FREESTON and Policy and Standards Manager MELANIE PILCHER focusing on what the new Ofsted framework will mean for you.

As well as the interactive webinar in a ‘cinema- style’ setting (including Popcorn), there will be an opportunity to ask questions, as well as networking.

There will also be refreshments, a free publication, as well as a chance to find out about workshops you can attend and other support and training available from the Early Years Alliance locally.

Where and When?

Thursday 25 April 

 The Fleet, Fleet Way, Fletton, Peterborough, PE2 8DL 

Doors Open 3.30pm, start 3.50pm with Webinar 4pm and discussions 5pm

Cost

£5 Alliance members / £15 non-members

To book your place email eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk or telephone 01954 231751 


Early Years Workshop - Developing Sustained Shared Thinking

Workshops are being held at Southend-on-Sea 2 May and Swavesey 16 May - See 'Early Years Workshops' on the drop down 'Our Services' for more information


The 2019 annual Alliance member conference will take place on Friday, 31 May 2019 at the Hilton London Bankside, in Southwark, London SE1 0UGClick here for more details 


Member forum focused on GDPR

Over 50 Alliance members joined us for our  Member Forum focusing on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) at Hemingford Pavilion, located in the heart of the beautiful villages of Hemingford Grey and Hemingford Abbots.

Member feedback was positive. Comments included:

  • 'Relaxed approach; opportunities to interact; good amount of information'
  • 'Ability to listen to other view point and to see how that aligns with my thinking'
  • 'Presented in a clear and easy to understand manor; very relevant'
  • 'Provided information on how organisations should become GDPR compliant'
  • 'Raised awareness for our organisation on making sure we are GDPR compliant by 25 May'
  • 'I have a much better understanding of what I need to review / implement and add to our existing policies and procedures' 

If you would like further information on Alliance Member Forums or would like to discuss possible future topics please speak to Gary Croxon, Service Manager 01954 231 751 or email eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk 

Early Years Workshops

Developing Sustained Shared Thinking

The aim of this workshop is:

To enable participants to review Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being Scales (SSTEW) and consider how this could inform their own practice.

The Objectives are:

  • Participants will be able to or will have to:
  • Explore recent research and development into practice that supports sustained shared thinking identifying what do they do already and plan to do more.
  • Identify how to build trust, confidence and independence.
  • Identify how to support social and emotional well-being.
  • Identify how to support and extend language and communication.
  • Identify how to support learning and critical thinking

When and Where 

2 May 2019 10am - 1pm - Southend on Sea, SS3 9NS. Course Code E120SST5574B

16 May 2019 - 10am - 1pm - Swavesey, Cambridgeshire, CB24 4QG.  Course Code E120SST5575B

Sustained Shared Thinking is a teaching approach where practitioners help children to learn and extend their thinking skills. The workshop will explore this teaching approach which combines positive relationships and meaningful activities. 

To book your place download the booking form here or email eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk   

Cost 

£35 Alliance members

£50 non - members.   Become a member 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. 

 

Family Support Workers - Southend

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. 

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.

Early Years Development - Southend

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 play 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

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

Contact us

Boy on toy phoneTo discuss any of our events, trainings or other services please call:

Service Hub Manager - Gary Croxon

01954 231751

or email eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk

 

 

 

Training

Visit our national website for more information 

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

Childcare

East Anglia Service Hub
Century House
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Cambridge
CB24 4QG
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