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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, childminders 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

Online Alliance Connect Meetings - NEW TOPICS FOR AUTUMN 2020

Due to Covid-19 and the impact of lock-down, all our FREE Alliance Connect events are now taking place online, the following dates and times are available for July.   You can find out more about planned online events happening locally over the coming weeks below, and in our monthly News Updates.

Focus on Childminders

All Early Years Providers are welcome to any session that we host, but we also know that some of the challenges are different when you are working out of your own home.  With this in mind, we holding a dedicated Alliance Connect event for home-based childcare.  Come and join other childminding providers and share your experiences and ideas.

Working with children with EAL  -  Top tips and advice 

Join us for a focus discussion where we will look at simple and useful top tips and strategies to support children in your setting who have English as an Additional Language. We will share resources and give ideas on best practice.   We can refresh you on how this links to the EYFS requirements and give practical examples and actions for supporting children and their families.

Grant Funding - Thinking Outside the Box

This networking event will have a focus discussion about best practice when applying for grants and where to look for small grant opportunities.   We will explore factors that need consideration and share top tips for writing a successful application.

Making the Most of Digital Marketing

The Alliance's Marketing Team joins us to support the discussion and give practical advice and top tips on best ways to use digital marketing to improve your occupancy through Websites, Facebook and external childcare search sites.  FREE Digital Marketing Mini Guide for every attendee.

What's new for SEND?

This networking event will have a focus discussion relating to the impact of Covid-19 on children with SEND, and their families.  Explore with us practice challenges and talk through different ways settings can offer support. Engage with other providers, share ideas and find out more about other support networks.

Let’s Talk Committees, AGM's and voluntary managed Early Years Settings

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges facing committees

We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations regarding AGM's, working together, your responsibility and consider what is the new normal. FREE Top Tips Mini Guide for every attendee.

Operating a Viable Early Years Provision

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges around operating a viable, sustainable early years setting.    We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations.

Post-Covid Ofsted Inspections

Are Ofsted Inspections currently pushed to the back of your mind? Haven't thought about the 3 I's or the Learning Walk since March?  If your answer is YES please be reassured that you are not alone!

January 2021 will soon be here so join us, and other providers to discuss how Ofsted Inspections might look in the 'new normal'.  This is a great opportunity to network, share ideas and ease yourself back into the thought process of being Ofsted ready. 

Baby and Toddler Connect - NEW

We will be running 7 FREE online Baby and Toddler Connect sessions in September 2020. These events will aim to cover all aspects of returning to running your groups, address your concerns, what you need to consider and some ideas to make your groups as fun and interactive as possible. All of these sessions will last approximately an hour and are free for to attend! Numbers are limited so book early to avoid missing out!

Welcome back pack - preparing for opening
Join us to discuss how operating after lockdown and welcoming back families into our baby and toddler groups may look. We will be looking at the most current government guidelines and items to consider whilst completing your action plan/risk assessment

Risk assessments/health and safety in groups
To explore together what processes and procedures need to be in place to minimise the risk for families attending the group

Promoting positive behaviour in groups
Join us for an open discussion with Baby & Toddler group leaders about promoting positive behaviour within our community groups. We'll be looking at what behaviour is, how it functions, how we can positively influence it, whilst addressing any issues we may have along the way.

Process rather than product activities
To explore together the importance of the process of play and how this supports learning and development

The importance of play
Explore and discuss the importance of play for children and how it helps their learning and development.  Discover how parents and carers can support children’s learning at home.

Interested in attending one of these sessions?  Please click on the relevant link to book your place as spaces are limited!

Please keep checking back for further updates.


Ask your MP to demand financial help for providers

The early years sector is facing significant financial pressures during the coronavirus pandemic. With an emergency Budget reported to being taking place shortly, we are calling for the government to commit to an urgent dedicated financial support package for the childcare sector.

Please get involved by using our online form to email your MP to speak on your behalf and demand financial help for providers.


Workshops and training courses in the East Midlands — important update

Due to Covid-19 and the impact of lock-down, our FREE Alliance Connect events are now taking place online. Please check out our Alliance Connect pages for more information.

We are also developing some bite-size CPD training sessions, please visit our Training Page for details. We want to ensure you still receive that important face to face support and advice from us at this difficult time.

You can find out more about planned online events happening locally over the coming weeks under News and Events and in our new monthly News Updates.


We're moving home for a while!

Due to the continuing developments in government advice regarding Coronaviru, 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”. 

Volunteer, Hinckley group


Alliance annual conference 2020

The Early Years Alliance has announced that it is cancelling its 2020 Annual Conference, due to be held on Friday 12 June, in light of the worsening coronavirus outbreak. Read more....


 

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

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About us

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 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), Early Years Service Officer, email tracy.mccarthy@eyalliance.org.uk

Tracey Hobbs, Early Years Service Officer, email tracey.hobbs@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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Ask your MP to demand financial help for providers

The early years sector is facing significant financial pressures during the coronavirus pandemic. With an emergency Budget reported to being taking place shortly, we are calling for the government to commit to...

Read more

Training

Training workshop

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

Read more

Children's services

Girl with painty hands

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

Read more

Crèche services

Leicestershire

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

Read more

Alliance Connect

Coffee morning

 

Due to Covid-19 and the impact of lock-down, all our Alliance Connect events are now taking place...

Read more

Become an Alliance member

Children playing at water table

The Early Years Alliance is dedicated to giving every child, parent and practioner the best...

Read more

Work with us

Circle of hands

Our vision

Our vision is a society where every child enjoys the opportunity to learn through play. We ...

Read more

Payslip service

Baby at computer

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

We offer a ...

Read more

Contact us

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Our team structure

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

Read more

News and events

Ask your MP to demand financial help for providers

The early years sector is facing significant financial pressures during the coronavirus pandemic. With an emergency Budget reported to being taking place shortly, we are calling for the government to commit to an urgent dedicated financial support package for the childcare sector.

Please get involved by using our online form to email your MP to speak on your behalf and demand financial help for providers.


Online Alliance Connect Meetings - NEW TOPICS FOR AUTUMN 2020

Due to Covid-19 and the impact of lock-down, all our FREE Alliance Connect events are now taking place online, the following dates and times are available for July.   You can find out more about planned online events happening locally over the coming weeks below, and in our monthly News Updates.

Focus on Childminders

All Early Years Providers are welcome to any session that we host, but we also know that some of the challenges are different when you are working out of your own home.  With this in mind, we holding a dedicated Alliance Connect event for home-based childcare.  Come and join other childminding providers and share your experiences and ideas.

Working with children with EAL  -  Top tips and advice 

Join us for a focus discussion where we will look at simple and useful top tips and strategies to support children in your setting who have English as an Additional Language. We will share resources and give ideas on best practice.   We can refresh you on how this links to the EYFS requirements and give practical examples and actions for supporting children and their families.

Grant Funding - Thinking Outside the Box

This networking event will have a focus discussion about best practice when applying for grants and where to look for small grant opportunities.   We will explore factors that need consideration and share top tips for writing a successful application.

Making the Most of Digital Marketing

The Alliance's Marketing Team joins us to support the discussion and give practical advice and top tips on best ways to use digital marketing to improve your occupancy through Websites, Facebook and external childcare search sites.  FREE Digital Marketing Mini Guide for every attendee.

What's new for SEND?

This networking event will have a focus discussion relating to the impact of Covid-19 on children with SEND, and their families.  Explore with us practice challenges and talk through different ways settings can offer support. Engage with other providers, share ideas and find out more about other support networks.

Let’s Talk Committees, AGM's and voluntary managed Early Years Settings

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges facing committees

We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations regarding AGM's, working together, your responsibility and consider what is the new normal. FREE Top Tips Mini Guide for every attendee.

Operating a Viable Early Years Provision

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges around operating a viable, sustainable early years setting.    We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations.

Post-Covid Ofsted Inspections

Are Ofsted Inspections currently pushed to the back of your mind? Haven't thought about the 3 I's or the Learning Walk since March?  If your answer is YES please be reassured that you are not alone!

January 2021 will soon be here so join us, and other providers to discuss how Ofsted Inspections might look in the 'new normal'.  This is a great opportunity to network, share ideas and ease yourself back into the thought process of being Ofsted ready. 

Baby and Toddler Connect - NEW

We will be running 7 FREE online Baby and Toddler Connect sessions in September 2020. These events will aim to cover all aspects of returning to running your groups, address your concerns, what you need to consider and some ideas to make your groups as fun and interactive as possible. All of these sessions will last approximately an hour and are free for to attend! Numbers are limited so book early to avoid missing out!

Welcome back pack - preparing for opening
Join us to discuss how operating after lockdown and welcoming back families into our baby and toddler groups may look. We will be looking at the most current government guidelines and items to consider whilst completing your action plan/risk assessment

Risk assessments/health and safety in groups
To explore together what processes and procedures need to be in place to minimise the risk for families attending the group

Promoting positive behaviour in groups
Join us for an open discussion with Baby & Toddler group leaders about promoting positive behaviour within our community groups. We'll be looking at what behaviour is, how it functions, how we can positively influence it, whilst addressing any issues we may have along the way.

Process rather than product activities
To explore together the importance of the process of play and how this supports learning and development

The importance of play
Explore and discuss the importance of play for children and how it helps their learning and development.  Discover how parents and carers can support children’s learning at home.

Interested in attending one of these sessions?  Please click on the relevant link to book your place as spaces are limited!

Please keep checking back for further updates.


Were on the move!

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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Subscribe to our emails

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

Read our e-newsletter

Training

Training workshop

The Early Years 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’.


Workshops and training courses in the East Midlands

Due to Covid-19 and the impact of lock-down, all our Alliance Connect events are now taking place online. We are also developing some bite-size CPD training sessions, more information about this will be coming out soon. We want to ensure you still receive that important face to face support and advice from us at this difficult time.

You can find out more about planned online events happening locally over the coming weeks under Events here and also in our new monthly News Updates.


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

 


New!  Workshop Plus+  |  Be Inspired

Enhance your training experience and take the learning further!

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 settings to access our workshops in-house for staff to be trained together in their own setting. We can arrange course delivery on weekdays, Saturdays or evenings with a range of courses tailored to meet your specific needs.  In addition to all of our standard workshops we can also deliver:

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.


 

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

 

Children's services

Girl with painty hands

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 

Bulwell Childcare

Greasley Beauvale Childcare

Kilton Childcare

Langar Childcare

Langley Mill Childcare

Meden Vale Childcare

Newstead Childcare

New Woods Childcare

Red Lion Childcare

Saffron Pre-school

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".


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

Coffee morning

 

Due to Covid-19 and the impact of lock-down, all our Alliance Connect events are now taking place online. We are also developing some bite-size CPD training sessions, more information about this will be coming out soon. We want to ensure you still receive that important face to face support and advice from us at this difficult time.

You can find out more about planned online events happening locally over the coming weeks below and also in our new monthly News Updates.

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.

Focus on Childminders

All Early Years Providers are welcome to any session that we host, but we also know that some of the challenges are different when you are working out of your own home.  With this in mind, we holding a dedicated Alliance Connect event for home-based childcare.  Come and join other childminding providers and share your experiences and ideas.

Working with children with EAL  -  Top tips and advice 

Join us for a focus discussion where we will look at simple and useful top tips and strategies to support children in your setting who have English as an Additional Language. We will share resources and give ideas on best practice.   We can refresh you on how this links to the EYFS requirements and give practical examples and actions for supporting children and their families.

Grant Funding - Thinking Outside the Box

This networking event will have a focus discussion about best practice when applying for grants and where to look for small grant opportunities.   We will explore factors that need consideration and share top tips for writing a successful application.

Making the Most of Digital Marketing

The Alliance's Marketing Team joins us to support the discussion and give practical advice and top tips on best ways to use digital marketing to improve your occupancy through Websites, Facebook and external childcare search sites.  FREE Digital Marketing Mini Guide for every attendee.

What's new for SEND?

This networking event will have a focus discussion relating to the impact of Covid-19 on children with SEND, and their families.  Explore with us practice challenges and talk through different ways settings can offer support. Engage with other providers, share ideas and find out more about other support networks.

Let’s Talk Committees, AGM's and voluntary managed Early Years Settings

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges facing committees

We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations regarding AGM's, working together, your responsibility and consider what is the new normal. FREE Top Tips Mini Guide for every attendee.

Operating a Viable Early Years Provision

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges around operating a viable, sustainable early years setting.    We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations.

Post-Covid Ofsted Inspections

Are Ofsted Inspections currently pushed to the back of your mind? Haven't thought about the 3 I's or the Learning Walk since March?  If your answer is YES please be reassured that you are not alone!

January 2021 will soon be here so join us, and other providers to discuss how Ofsted Inspections might look in the 'new normal'.  This is a great opportunity to network, share ideas and ease yourself back into the thought process of being Ofsted ready. 

Baby and Toddler Connect - NEW

We will be running 7 FREE online Baby and Toddler Connect sessions in September 2020. These events will aim to cover all aspects of returning to running your groups, address your concerns, what you need to consider and some ideas to make your groups as fun and interactive as possible. All of these sessions will last approximately an hour and are free for to attend! Numbers are limited so book early to avoid missing out!

Welcome back pack - preparing for opening
Join us to discuss how operating after lockdown and welcoming back families into our baby and toddler groups may look. We will be looking at the most current government guidelines and items to consider whilst completing your action plan/risk assessment

Risk assessments/health and safety in groups
To explore together what processes and procedures need to be in place to minimise the risk for families attending the group

Promoting positive behaviour in groups
Join us for an open discussion with Baby & Toddler group leaders about promoting positive behaviour within our community groups. We'll be looking at what behaviour is, how it functions, how we can positively influence it, whilst addressing any issues we may have along the way.

Process rather than product activities
To explore together the importance of the process of play and how this supports learning and development

The importance of play
Explore and discuss the importance of play for children and how it helps their learning and development.  Discover how parents and carers can support children’s learning at home.

Interested in attending one of these sessions?  Please click on the relevant link to book your place as spaces are limited!

Please keep checking back for further updates.

 

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Our rescheduled Alliance Connect Events for the Autumn term 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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For more information email eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk    or    Telephone:  0116 229 1994

 

Become an Alliance member

Children playing at water table

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

Circle of hands

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

Sharon Dogan, Service Administrator

Tracy McCarthy (nee Wilson), Early Years Service Officer, email tracy.mccarthy@eyalliance.org.uk

Tracey Hobbs, Early Years Service Officer, email tracey.hobbs@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