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Workshops and training courses in the East Midlands — important update

As you can imagine, it has been fast-moving in relation to the uncertainty and increasing risk around coronavirus Covid-19.

Because of the national lockdown workshops and Alliance Connect events will not be taking place for the forseeable future.

We are currently exploring options of delivering our workshops through online training and if our initial trial is successful, we will be sending out more information to you through our newsletters and on our website.

(If you would like more information, please email us to register your interest.)

Thank you for your understanding and please be assured we are doing all we can to keep you connected locally.


Were moving home for a while!

Due to the continuing developments in Governement advice regarding Coronavirus the service hub and insurance teams will be handling your calls and emails remotely.

Rest assured that the Alliance will continue to work hard to deliver the same quality of support and advice to our members at this difficult time and please do bear with us over the next few days as our teams settle remotely.

If you wish to contact the East Midlands Service Hub you can do so as follows:

Telephone 0116 218 4521, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 0116 218 4520 on Thursday and Friday.

Emails can still be sent to eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk as usual.

Visit our website and social media to keep up-to-date with latest developments. 

Your support and patience is very much appreciated.


The East Midlands Service Hub supports nearly 600 members in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire including pre-schools, day nurseries, toddler groups, nursery schools and individuals.

The type of support we offer ranges from providing training for voluntary-managed committees, to providing support on recruitment issues. 

We provide high quality, specialist support and advice to early years practitioners, professionals and providers of childcare, including outreach services for children and their families across children's centres in Nottinghamshire.

Our In Safe Hands package is tailored to individual requirements - particularly those early years settings struggling with Ofsted management outcomes. We create and deliver bespoke workshops for individual settings who may require extra assistance and training support on more complex early years issues.

We also manage several pre-schools and nurseries across the area, mostly in hard to reach or isolated areas. This ensures that every family across the area receives flexible, affordable and appropriate childcare services to best meet their needs

We offer practical early years advice and support including:

  • Specialist up-to-date information and training on various topics including safeguarding, first aid and toddler group guidance
  • Bespoke workshops to individual settings that require assistance on more complicated issues
  • Regular member forums to encourage local providers and professionals to get together to share their ideas and experiences
  • Collaborative working with other local organisations and the local authority to help support local early years providers effectively
  • Competitively priced First Aid training
  • Regular member forums and training for our members
  • Bespoke workshops for individual settings - including First Aid, safeguarding and inset day training

3 R's Recycling Project

The East Midlands hub were very were very fortunate to receive a recycling grant from Leicester county council with the aim of making a difference in the community. The grant will hopefully help to reduce household waste, divert waste from disposal and make the best use of recycling, re-use and composting in a cost-effective way, while bringing communities together.

We started delivery in 2019 and named the project the 3R's: “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.”   The project was delivered to 10 Play and stay groups within the Hinckley and Bosworth area of Leicestershire with the support of local businesses who were asked to donate recyclable materials for use within the sessions.

Each group received 3 activity sessions delivered by a member of the Alliance staff.  Week one was based around reducing energy and waste. Fun filled activities were provided using sustainable materials such as wood, and holistic play resources used.  One of the main aims was to discuss the quantity of plastic toys being put into land fill, suggesting that we try to buy as little plastic as possible and to recycle toys rather than discard the ones we already have. All resources used for creative activities were donated and were recyclable. Information on reducing energy was given out, to help both save energy and money.

Week Two was all about finding ways to reuse items we might normally throw away, such as making bags out of old t-shirts, using composting bins to feed our gardens, using old ribbons and elastic to make exciting ring game activities for children and cookery books for ideas on using up left-over foods.

Week three was all about ways to recycle. We explored which items can be recycled and where and played recycling games to reinforce this knowledge.

Over two hundred children and their families took part in the project, and the feedback received was very positive.

 

“What a wonderful initiative. It really has been inspiring, with lots of thinking outside of the box regarding recycling. The parents have been fascinated by this”. 

Volunteer, Hinckley group


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Service Manager, Bev O'Keefe, can be contacted directly by email to bev.okeefe@eyalliance.org.uk, or by telephone on 07713 318455.

Our teams operate from two offices:

Newstead office

Newstead Childrens centre

Tilford Road

Newstead Village

Nottingham NG15 0BU

Tel: 01623 722 472

Leicester office

Unit F, Linwood Centre

Linwood Lane

Leicester LE2 6QJ

Tel: 0116 229 1994

To email the offices and Service Administrators email to: eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk

 

Based at the Newstead office are:

Karen Hilton, Early Years Development Manager - Bassetlaw Children's Centres project. Karen can be contacted on 07930 488808, or email karen.hilton@eyalliance.org.uk

 

Based at the Leicester office are:

Annette Lewis, Service Administrator

Sharon Dogan, Service Administrator

Tracy McCarthy (nee Wilson), Under Fives Project Manager, email tracy.mccarthy@eyalliance.org.uk

Alison O'Carroll, Finance Officer, email alison.ocarroll@eyalliance.org.uk

Canute Fernandes, Finance Assistant, email canute.fernandes@eyalliance.org.uk

 

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Were moving home for a while!

Due to the continuing developments in Governement advice regarding Coronavirus the service hub and insurance teams will be handling your calls and emails remotely.

Rest assured that the Alliance will continue to work hard to...

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Children's services

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The Alliance manages 75 settings across the country. To find a setting in your area please visit the...

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Crèche services

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Our well-respected crèche service in Leicestershire is used by a variety of groups to...

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Alliance Connect

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Alliance Connect meetings offer an opportunity to meet other childcare practitioners, to explore the particular issues facing volunteers and...

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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...

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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 ...

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Payslip service

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Reduce the time and burden on your committee by using the Early Years Alliance payslip service.

We offer a ...

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Our team structure

Service Manager, Bev O'Keefe, can be contacted directly by email to ...

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News and events

Were moving home for a while!

Due to the continuing developments in Governement advice regarding Coronavirus the service hub and insurance teams will be handling your calls and emails remotely.

Rest assured that the Alliance will continue to work hard to deliver the same quality of support and advice to our members at this difficult time and please do bear with us over the next few days as our teams settle remotely.

If you wish to contact the East Midlands Service Hub you can do so as follows:

Telephone 0116 218 4521, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 0116 218 4520 on Thursday and Friday.

Emails can still be sent to eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk as usual.

Visit our website and social media to keep up-to-date with latest developments. 

Your support and patience is very much appreciated.


3 R's Recycling Project

The East Midlands hub were very were very fortunate to receive a recycling grant from Leicester county council with the aim of making a difference in the community. The grant will hopefully help to reduce household waste, divert waste from disposal and make the best use of recycling, re-use and composting in a cost-effective way, while bringing communities together.

We started delivery in 2019 and named the project the 3R's: “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.”   The project was delivered to 10 Play and stay groups within the Hinckley and Bosworth area of Leicestershire with the support of local businesses who were asked to donate recyclable materials for use within the sessions.

Each group received 3 activity sessions delivered by a member of the Alliance staff.  Week one was based around reducing energy and waste. Fun filled activities were provided using sustainable materials such as wood, and holistic play resources used.  One of the main aims was to discuss the quantity of plastic toys being put into land fill, suggesting that we try to buy as little plastic as possible and to recycle toys rather than discard the ones we already have. All resources used for creative activities were donated and were recyclable. Information on reducing energy was given out, to help both save energy and money.

Week Two was all about finding ways to reuse items we might normally throw away, such as making bags out of old t-shirts, using composting bins to feed our gardens, using old ribbons and elastic to make exciting ring game activities for children and cookery books for ideas on using up left-over foods.

Week three was all about ways to recycle. We explored which items can be recycled and where and played recycling games to reinforce this knowledge.

Over two hundred children and their families took part in the project, and the feedback received was very positive.

 

“What a wonderful initiative. It really has been inspiring, with lots of thinking outside of the box regarding recycling. The parents have been fascinated by this”. 

A volunteer from a group in Hinckley

 


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The 2016 Ofsted report stated that ‘Excellent strategic and operational management resulted in achievement of good outcomes for learners’.


Workshops and training courses in the East Midlands

All Alliance workshops, training courses and Alliance Connect meetings have been deferred due to the current Covid-19 outbreak.  Information regarding rescheduled training will be released in due course. 

Childcare Qualifications

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce is delivered by the Alliance as a distance learning course.

There is a charge for the course but learners aged 19 and over can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Alliance member employees benefit from a £150 discount on the cost of this course.

Please contact us for further information on 0116 229 1994, or email eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk


Education Inspection Framework PackageWomen having a meeting

The new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) came 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 publication Exploring the Education Inspection Framework.

For further information on the EIF package or EIF workshops, please contact us at eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk or call 0116 229 1994

 


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Workshop Plus+ has been developd to take the learning a step further.  All participants now have the option of booking additional support alongside the training workshop which can be provided in-house to help embed the learning within your setting to:

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

All 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?  Call us on 0116 229 1994 or email us at eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk


In-house training

The Alliance offers opportunities for all settings to access in-house training for staff to be trained together in their setting. We can arrange course delivery on weekdays, Saturdays or evenings with a range of courses tailored to meet your specific needs.

12hr courses: Paediatric First Aid Training

5 hour courses: Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Promoting Positive Behaviour

2.5 - 3 hour courses: Safeguarding for the Designated Person and a variety of early years workshops

Please contact us for full details and current prices.


 

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Please contact us for further details at eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk or telephone us on 0116 229 1994

 


ALLIANCE CONNECT - Conferences and meetings in your area

 

ALLIANCE CONNECT MEETINGS

Watch this space for details of further meetings.

 

 

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For more information and to book your place, email eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk    or    Telephone:  0116 229 1994

Children's services

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The Alliance manages 75 settings across the country. To find a setting in your area please visit the Find Childcare page on the Alliance website.


The East Midlands Service Hub manages the following childcare services:

Bestwood Childcare 

Brinsley Childcare

Bulwell Childcare

First Steps St Matthews Pre-school 

Greasley Beauvale Childcare

Kilton Childcare

Langar Childcare

Langley Mill Childcare

Meden Vale Childcare

Newstead Childcare

New Woods Childcare

Red Lion Childcare

Saffron Pre-school

Selston Childcare

William Gladstone

West Bassetlaw Childcare

Crèche services

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Our well-respected crèche service in Leicestershire is used by a variety of groups to support training courses, family learning and health projects.

Recent client evaluations have rated our service as Excellent and two testimonials say:

"Thank you for supporting us to support these particularly vulnerable families."

"Thank you for your continuing support, crèche staff have been brilliant".


Bespoke service

All our crèches are bespoke to your own requirements, so please contact us to discuss your needs and to obtain your tailored quote. 

Our crèches include:

  • Staff qualified to level 2 or 3 with safeguarding training
  • age appropriate activities for the children
  • insurance
  • an exciting array of  resources and play experiences
  • excellent staff to children ratio

Contact us

For further information and to receive your quote, please contact us on

Email: eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk

Tel: 0116 229 1994

Alliance Connect

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Alliance Connect meetings offer an opportunity to meet other childcare practitioners, to explore the particular issues facing volunteers and managers involved in managing a childcare setting.  There will be opportunities to share good practice and to obtain mutual support.  We provide the vital, up to date information necessary for the effective management of your setting.

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.

 

Meeting dates so far: 

Because of the national lockdown workshops and Alliance Connect events will not be taking place for the forseeable future.

Please keep checking back for updates.

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Our rescheduled Alliance Connect Events will be based around 'Lets Talk the Learning Walk' as part of your Ofsted Inspection.

The 'Learning Walk' is an opportunity for Early Years Managers to discuss how their provision is organised, find out strategies and tips for you and your team to articulate better and get to grips with the conversation with Ofsted and to showcase your setting to the Ofsted Inspector.  Included in this explanation should be a rationale for the EYFS.  How do you and your staff talk about the Early Years Curriculum? 

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Places book your place as spaces are limited

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For more information email eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk    or    Telephone:  0116 229 1994

 

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

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 Bev O'Keefe, Service Manager for the Alliance in East Midlands bev.okeefe@eyalliance.org.uk  or by telephone on 07713 318455.

Payslip service

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Reduce the time and burden on your committee 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

 

Contact us

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Our team structure

Service Manager, Bev O'Keefe, can be contacted directly by email to bev.okeefe@eyalliance.org.uk, or by telephone on 07713 318455.

Our teams operates from two offices:

Newstead office

Newstead Childrens centre

Tilford Road

Newstead Village

Nottingham NG15 0BU

Tel: 01623 722 472

Leicester office

Unit A, Linwood Centre

Linwood Lane

Leicester LE2 6QJ

Tel: 0116 229 1994

To email the offices and Service Administrators email to: eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk

Based at the Newstead office are:

Karen Hilton, Early Years Development Manager - Bassetlaw Children's Centres project. Karen can be contacted on 07930 488808, or email karen.hilton@eyalliance.org.uk

Based at the Leicester office are:

Annette Lewis, Service Administrator, eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk

Sharon Dogan, Service Adminstrator, eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk

Tracy McCarthy (nee Wilson), Under Fives Project Manager, email tracy.mccarthy@eyalliance.org.uk

Alison O'Carroll, Finance Officer, email alison.ocarroll@eyalliance.org.uk

Canute Fernandes, Finance Assistant, email canute.fernandes@eyalliance.org.uk

Childcare

East Midlands Service Hub
Unit A, Linwood Centre
Linwood Lane
Leicester
LE2 6QJ
United Kingdom
Tel: 0116 229 1994