In February 2019, our name changed from the Pre-school Learning Alliance to the Early Years Alliance. Our new name reflects the growing variety of early years professionals who are now a part of the Alliance, emphasising our ongoing commitment to supporting an ever-widening range of early years providers and providing 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.

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


Education Inspection Framework Package

The new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) will come into place in September 2019. Ofsted says the EIF has been amended to include greater emphasis on the needs of younger children.

It will replace its “quality of teaching, learning and assessment” with a new “quality of education” judgement. The Early Years Alliance has developed a package of support to help early years practitioners navigate the changes and can be delivered on-site direct to you and your team. 

The package includes two specialist workshops* Exploring the EIF and Cultural Capital  plus our new publication Exploring the Education Inspection Framework available in September.

*Individual EIF workshops cost: £35pp for Alliance members. £50pp for non-members. Or see below for our full EIF consultancy package.

Exploring the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) workshop

This workshop supports managers and leaders to better understand the requirements of the EIF. Participants will explore terms such as ‘intent, implementation and impact’. It will consider how the curriculum should look and offers support on ways to deliver successfully in their own provision.

It covers:

  • Key changes
  • The term Cultural Capital and what it means
  • The new judgement areas
  • Ofsted Inspector expectations of Intent, Implementation and Impact
  • The Important role managers and leaders play in the process
  • Paperwork necessary to support the process.
Date Time Venue details Course Code (please enter this in all correspondance)
25/2/2020 14.30pm-17.30pm Abby Neighbourhood Centre, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1JD EA01 EA EIF5612C
19/11/2019 10.00am-13.00pm The Cressett, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DX EA01 EA EIF5598C
13/11/2019 14.30pm- 17.30pm Gaywood Library, Kings Lynn, Norwich, PE30 4HD EA01 EA EIF5602C

Email us for a booking form or call 01954 231751

Cultural Capital workshop

Integral to Ofsted’s new inspection framework, the term Cultural Capital is described by Ofsted as being ‘the essential knowledge children need to be effective citizens’. This workshop considers the origins of the term and supports practitioners to recognise how the EYFS already supports Cultural Capital.

It covers:

  • What is the main theory behind Cultural Capital and how it has influenced Ofsted's definition​
  • What is meant by Cultural Capital
  • What Cultural Capital is not
  • How to enhance children’s learning using the concept of Cultural Capital
  • How to articulate how children experience the awe and wonder of the world through the seven areas of learning and development
  • How to demonstrate your provision enhances children's Cultural Capital.
Date Time Venue details Course Code (please enter this in all correspondance)
06/11/2019 10.00am-13.00pm The Cressett, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DX EA01 EA CLC5600C
07/11/2019 10.00am-13.00pm Shoebury Nursery, Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 9NS EA01 EA CLC5605C
12/11/2019 10.00am-13.00pm East Anglia Service Hub, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB24 4QG  EA01 EA CLC5606C

Email us for a booking form or call 01954 231751

Specialist EIF consultancy support

We also offer you six hours of face to face, on-site consultancy from a qualified and experienced early years advisor.

We will work closely with you to support you to implement your workshop learning to ensure it is embedded into your daily practice. You can choose how to receive this support to best suit your needs including phone, face to face or email.

Or

If you now feel confident about the EIF and would prefer to focus on related business support, you can choose from these areas:

  • Charity Health Check
  • Pre and Post Ofsted Inspection support
  • Business Sustainability Health check

The consultancy is delivered within a 12 week period to ensure your team meets the requirements as quickly and efficiently as possible.

So what does this cost?

You can buy this package with either one or both of the workshops. The package includes our new Exploring the Education Inspection Framework publication, due out in September.

For more information or to book a workshop or package call us on 01954 231751 or email us at eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk


Latest news

Staff Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Bookings are being taken for Autumn workshops, a list of workshops and dates can be found on our Early Years Workshops tab or download the workshop brochure here.

Feedback from previous workshops and in-house training workshops:

  • I'm interested in always developing my learning 
  • The tutor is great, knowledgable and friendly
  • Enjoyed how course was calmly delivered, enjoyable group of people
  • Taking away some ideas
  • Inspiring tutor in the comfort of your own setting. Perfect.
  • Very good tutor

Christmas Celebration 2019

 Don't forget to put these dates in your diary!

This year we are holding our Christmas celebration at

Peterborough Cathedral on Tuesday 3 December at 1pm

Ely Cathedral on Tuesday 10 December at 1pm

If you would like to attend just turn up, but if you would like your Early Years Setting to be the stars of the show in the Nativity please contact us  eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk or 01954 231751.  


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.

Who is this programme for?

Anyone aged 15 or over, there is no upper limit, who is at a disadvantage when finding employment – this could be due to a disability, learning difficulty, you may be claiming benefits or economically inactive or a wide range of other issues.

Residents of Wisbech, March, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Kings Lynn, West Norfolk, Rutland, Huntingdonshire, Ely and East Cambridgeshire, The area of the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough LEP Fenland area (GCGP LEP).

Courses coming up

If you are interested in self-employment our Practical Skills for Business course is running soon.

To find out more or to book a place please contact TCHC 01923 698 456 or email cc@tchc.net

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


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Christmas 2019

Come and start your Christmas with us at a truly magnificent venue

Peterborough Cathedral - the celebration of Christmas will be held on 3/12/2019 starting at 1pm

Ely Cathedral - the celebration of Christmas will be held on 10/12/2019 starting at 1pm

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Training & Workshops

Training session

For more information email eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk or you can download our workshop brochure and booking form here.

Developing Sustained Shared Thinking

A workshop aimed at enabling participants to review Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being Scales (SSTEW) and consider how this could inform their own practice.

Aims:

  • 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 

19 November 2019 18.00pm - 21.00pm at - Norwich Professional Development Centre, Norwich, NR7 9QL

28 November 2019 16.30pm - 19.30pm at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Suffolk, IP5 1JF


The Education Inspection Framework and Cultral Capital workshops that are being held in October and November.

Education Inspection Framework Package

The new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) will come into place in September 2019. Ofsted says the EIF has been amended to include greater emphasis on the needs of younger children.

It will replace its “quality of teaching, learning and assessment” with a new “quality of education” judgement. The Early Years Alliance has developed a package of support to help early years practitioners navigate the changes and can be delivered on-site direct to you and your team. 

The package includes two specialist workshops* Exploring the EIF and Cultural Capital  plus our new publication Exploring the Education Inspection Framework available in September.

*Individual EIF workshops cost: £35pp for Alliance members. £50pp for non-members. Or see below for our full EIF consultancy package.

Exploring the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) workshop

This workshop supports managers and leaders to better understand the requirements of the EIF. Participants will explore terms such as ‘intent, implementation and impact’. It will consider how the curriculum should look and offers support on ways to deliver successfully in their own provision.

It covers:

  • Key changes
  • The term Cultural Capital and what it means
  • The new judgement areas
  • Ofsted Inspector expectations of Intent, Implementation and Impact
  • The Important role managers and leaders play in the process
  • Paperwork necessary to support the process.

Email us for a booking form or call 01954 231751

Date Time Venue details Course Code (please enter this in all correspondance)
25/2/2020 14.30pm-17.30pm Abby Neighbourhood Centre, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1JD EA01 EA EIF5612C
19/11/2019 10.00am-13.00pm The Cressett, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DX EA01 EA EIF5598C
13/11/2019 14.30pm- 17.30pm Gaywood Library, Kings Lynn, Norwich, PE30 4HD EA01 EA EIF5602C

Cultural Capital workshop

Integral to Ofsted’s new inspection framework, the term Cultural Capital is described by Ofsted as being ‘the essential knowledge children need to be effective citizens’. This workshop considers the origins of the term and supports practitioners to recognise how the EYFS already supports Cultural Capital.

It covers:

  • What is the main theory behind Cultural Capital and how it has influenced Ofsted's definition​
  • What is meant by Cultural Capital
  • What Cultural Capital is not
  • How to enhance children’s learning using the concept of Cultural Capital
  • How to articulate how children experience the awe and wonder of the world through the seven areas of learning and development
  • How to demonstrate your provision enhances children's Cultural Capital.
Date Time Venue details Course Code (please enter this in all correspondance)
06/11/2019 10.00am-13.00pm The Cressett, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DX EA01 EA CLC5600C
07/11/2019 10.00am-13.00pm Shoebury Nursery, Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 9NS EA01 EA CLC5605C
12/11/2019 10.00am-13.00pm East Anglia Service Hub, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB24 4QG  EA01 EA CLC5606C

Email us for a booking form or call 01954 231751

Specialist EIF consultancy support

We also offer you six hours of face to face, on-site consultancy from a qualified and experienced early years advisor.

We will work closely with you to support you to implement your workshop learning to ensure it is embedded into your daily practice. You can choose how to receive this support to best suit your needs including phone, face to face or email.

Or

If you now feel confident about the EIF and would prefer to focus on related business support, you can choose from these areas:

  • Charity Health Check
  • Pre and Post Ofsted Inspection support
  • Business Sustainability Health check

The consultancy is delivered within a 12 week period to ensure your team meets the requirements as quickly and efficiently as possible.

So what does this cost?

You can buy this package with either one or both of the workshops. The package includes our new Exploring the Education Inspection Framework publication, due out in September.

For more information or to book a workshop or package call us on 01954 231751 or email us at eastanglia@eyalliance.org.uk


STAFF CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Feedback from previous workshops and in-house training workshops:

  • I'm interested in always developing my learning 
  • The tutor is great, knowledgable and friendly
  • Enjoyed how course was calmly delivered, enjoyable group of people
  • Taking away some ideas
  • Inspiring tutor in the comfort of your own setting. Perfect.
  • Very good tutor

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. 


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

We are planning to deliver this qualification course starting in the winter term in Peterborough.

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.


Alliance Connect - Norwich

We would like to invite you to come and find out about the programme, with a view to hosting workshops in early years settings.

   NCW Programme Manager, Hannah Garrard, and workshops facilitator, Becky Demmen, will be delivering the session which will include looking through the pack, discussing storytelling techniques and answering questions. The colourful Neverending Stories storytelling pack will be given to each member who attends the session, and to families who attend future workshops.

Book your place now!

Join us! 

Thursday 7 November 2019

1.00pm - 2.30pm 

Dragon Hall, 115-123 Kings Street, Norwich, NR1 1QE

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Building Access and Car Parks

Alliance members £5
Non- members £25


 

Alliance Connect Essex

Annie Denny, Nutrition Development Manager for the Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYNP), will give an overview of the importance of getting portion sizes right,

how to help parents and carers cut back on sugars for children and tips for providing healthier lunchboxes.

As seen in the September issue of Under 5 - the magazine of the early years alliance

Book your place now

Lunchboxes, Sugars and Portion Control an Alliance Connect Event  

This interactive session which will give you ideas and support around healthy habits for life.   

Following a presentation you will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss with Annie and other providers.  

Also on the agenda: 

  • Alliance Membership - are you using all the benefits?
  • Shape the future of Alliance Connect Events - what do you want from Alliance Connects? 
  • Networking and Open Discussions 

Book your place by 5 November to be entered into a draw to win a copy of 'The Essential Early Years Cookbook'.

12 November 2019
12.30pm - 2.30pm 

Springfield Parish Centre       
St Augustine's Way
Springfield
Chelmsford
CM1 6GX

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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

 

Contact us

Toy phones

 

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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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

Childcare

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