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.


Latest news 

This term's Member Forum Meetings are now open for bookings. They are taking place across the region on the following days:

Thursday 25th April 3.30 - 5.30pm, Ofsted update webinar, WEA Centre Sheffield

Thursday 2nd May 6.00 - 7.30pm, Linwood Centre, Leicester

Monday 10th June 7.30-9pm, Newstead Children's Centre, Nottinghamshire

Thursday 20th June 7.00 - 8.30pm, Syston Town Council, Leicestershire

Monday 24th June 7.30 - 9pm, Strutts Centre, Belper, Derbyshire

Thursday 4th July 6.30 - 8pm, Linwood Centre, Leicester

Places are limited so booking is required.

For further information and to book your place, contact us by telephone on 0116 229 1994 or by email to eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk

 


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The Alliance East Midlands Service Hub covers South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

About us

Our team Structure

Service Manager, Bev O'Keefe, can be contacted directly by email to bev.o'keefe@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:

Natasha Bowen, Service Administrator

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

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

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

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

 

Our Services

News and events

Toy Library and Story Sacks (Leicester)

We were delighted to receive funding from the Shire Community Grant to run a Toy Library in the South...

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Training

The Alliance is a leading early years training provider in England supporting over 2,000 learners every year.

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


Childcare...

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Children's services

The Alliance manages 80 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 ...

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Crèche services

Leicestershire

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...

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Contact us

Boy on toy phoneOur team Structure

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

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News and events

Toy Library and Story Sacks (Leicester)

We were delighted to receive funding from the Shire Community Grant to run a Toy Library in the South Wigston and Wigston Magna areas of Leicester.

The toy library ran successfully from March 2017 until March 2018 and the project has now come to an end.  However, with the help of our volunteer we are able to continue with the toy library at Little Conkers, at the Salvation Army in Wigston on Thursday mornings.

Staff and volunteers at the Kings Centre in Wigston have also kindly agreed to continue to offer the toy library on our behalf to their parent and toddler groups.

As part of the toy library service we extended our range to offer a fantastic Story Sack library for pre-schools, playgroups and nurseries. The toy library and the story sack service are now available free of charge to all Alliance members in the East Midlands and for a small charge, to non member groups. Any group who is interested in using this service are welcome to contact us on the details below:

Email: eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk

Telephone No: 0116 229 1994

Address: Unit F, Linwood Centre, Linwood Lane, Leicester, LE2 6QJ


Toy Swap Shop in Market Harborough

With support from the Shire Recycling Grant and Leicestershire County Council, our Toy Swap Shop has been running successfully in Market Harborough since March 2018. Bring along the toys and games that you no longer want and exchange them for something else, absolutely free!

swap shop picture

Volunteers at the Congregational Church Parent and Toddler Group have taken over the running of this project on our behalf and it is available between 10 and 12 on Friday mornings. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Venue: Congregational Church, High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

Swap shop is closed for the Easter period and will resume again on Friday 3rd May 2019. 

Training

The Alliance is a leading early years training provider in England supporting over 2,000 learners every year.

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


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


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

Course Cost £65 plus VAT per person for Alliance members, £75 plus VAT for non-members

5 hour courses: Introduction to Safeguarding Children

Course Cost £45 per person for Alliance members, £55 for non-members

3 hour courses: Safeguarding for the Designated Person, Early Intervention - meeting the needs of two-year olds, (Please note - practitioners would need to have completed the Introduction course to attend this training),  Health & Safety Training, Exploring Outdoors, Promoting Positive Behaviour

Course Cost £35 per person for Alliance members, £50 for non-members

2½ hour course: Safeguarding Update - 'What's New in Safeguarding?' 

Course Cost £35 per person for Alliance members, £50 for non-members

All above course costs include tutor fees & travelling expenses, course handouts, administration and certification.

However, course costs do not include venue hire or refreshments, these would be provided by the setting.


Workshops and training courses (Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield)

Our workshops and training courses are very competitively priced, half day courses are £35 for Alliance members and £50 for non-members; first aid courses are £65 + VAT for Alliance members and £75 plus VAT for non-members. Below is our current training programme:

23rd April and 10th May – Paediatric First Aid 9.30 – 3.30, Papplewick, Notts

26th April – Time for Boys, 9.30 – 12.00, WEA Centre, Sheffield

2nd May – Maths Garden, 12.00 – 3.00, Brite Centre, Leicester

9th May – Maths Garden, 9.30 – 12.30, Thurmaston, Leicester

13th May – Charity Essentials, 9.30 – 12.00, Barwell, Leicestershire

17th May – Supervision & Appraisal, 9.30 – 12.00, WEA Centre, Sheffield

18th May – Midday Supervisor, 10.00 – 12.00, Newstead Village, Notts

8th and 15th June – Paediatric First Aid 9.30 – 3.30, John Storer House, Loughborough

10th June – Charity Essentials, 12.30 – 3.00, Leicester

28th Sept and 5th October – Paediatric First Aid 9.30 – 3.30, Newstead Village, Notts

 

Please contact us for further details or to request a booking form at eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk or telephone us on 0116 229 1994

 

Children's services

The Alliance manages 80 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

Leicestershire

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".

Creche picture Leicester

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

Contact us

Boy on toy phoneOur team Structure

Service Manager, Bev O'Keefe, can be contacted directly by email to bev.o'keefe@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 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:

Natasha Bowen, Service Administrator, eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Childcare

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