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.


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 299 1994 or email us at eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk


Alliance annual conference 2020 - Early bird tickets available NOW!

Friday 12 June 2020
Hilton Bankside

Southwark, London
SE1 0UG

Our annual conference this year Together we can explores ways we can create a better, kinder and happier world for future generations. 

As providers, what does social responsibility look like in practice? How can children and their families take the lead and feel more involved? What best practice can inspire us to make positive change? Join us and find out more!

Special early bird super-discount available now until 17 April 2020. Only £45 for members and £55 for non-members. 


Alliance launches survey on SEND funding

The Alliance has launched a new survey on the impact of early years funding rates on SEND provision.

The survey hopes to gather views from early years practitioners on whether current funding levels – both for general early years provision and additional SEND-specific funding – is sufficient for children with SEND.  

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, commented: “We know that early years providers deliver excellent care to young children with special educational needs and disabilities day-in and day-out, but the growing funding crisis has meant that doing so in a sustainable way is becoming near-impossible.

The survey launched on 27th January and will run until midnight on Friday 14 February.

Further reading

Take part in the survey

 


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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), 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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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 ...

Read more

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

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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;

  • 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 299 1994 or email us at eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk


Alliance launches survey on SEND funding

The Alliance has launched a new survey on the impact of early years funding rates on SEND provision.

The survey hopes to gather views from early years practitioners on whether current funding levels – both for general early years provision and additional SEND-specific funding – is sufficient for children with SEND.  

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, commented: “We know that early years providers deliver excellent care to young children with special educational needs and disabilities day-in and day-out, but the growing funding crisis has meant that doing so in a sustainable way is becoming near-impossible.

The survey launched today and will run until midnight on Friday 14 February.

Further reading

Take part in the survey


First and Foremost

The Early Years Alliance has been busy delivering speech and language support to children in eight local authority areas as part of the government’s drive to improve social mobility and the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children through the First and Foremost project.

With the help of DfE funding the East Midlands Service Hub has been working with early years settings with the aim of narrowing the communication gap at age 5 and improve outcomes for all children.  This has been an exciting opportunity to work in partnership with local Early Years providers and recognise the important role they play in supporting the development of children’s early speech and language. 

With two settings having already received their communication and language screening, and two more currently in the process, the project is well under way and has been very well received by settings and early years practitioners.  The project seems to be a great success and aims to conclude by April with final feedback reports available soon after.

The Alliance has also developed First and Foremost Play Cards for Parents to provide parents with ideas and activities that they can do with their child in different everyday situations, parents have an important role in supporting their children as they practice and develop new language skills.


Alliance Connect meetings — East Midlands

Member 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. 

Meeting dates: 

Monday 16th March 2020:  7.30pm - 9.00pm, Newsted, Nottingham

Thursday 19th March 2020: 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Sheffield

Monday 23rd March 2020: 7,30pm - 9.00pm, Belper, Derbyshire

Tuesday 24th March 2020: 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Wednesday 1st April 2020: 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Leicester

Thursday 2nd April 2020: 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

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In this Alliance Connect Event - find out strategies and tips for you and your team to articulate better and get to grips with the conversation with Ofsted.

'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 and to showcase their 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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Please book your place as spaces are limited

Download a booking Form

 

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


3R’s for the under 5’s: Re-cycle, Reduce and Re-use

Funded by the Leicestershire County Council’s SHIRE Recycling Grant (2018-19) the 3R’s project has been working with 10 play and stay groups and pre-schools throughout the year in the Hinckley and Bosworth areas of the county to promote the 3R’s of recycling, reducing and reusing.

Settings have been visited each week to engage the children in fun, exciting and age appropriate activities using recycled objects that were linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage. The aim of the project was to give parents, children and early year’s workers and volunteers, the opportunity to explore the importance and impact of recycling on the environment of and how they can help in their communities, groups and at home. 

Local communities and firms were asked to support the initiative by donating items that could be used in group activities that they would normally throw away.

The project is drawing to a conclusion and groups will be visited to assess how they have adapted their approaches to the 3R’s and will be asked to nominate a volunteer to champion recycling and waste prevention going forward.


Toy Library and Story Sacks (Leicester)

With the help of our volunteer we are able to run a toy library at Little Conkers, at the Salvation Army in Wigston on Thursday mornings.

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:

Email: eastmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk

Telephone No: 0116 229 1994

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


swap shop pictureToy 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 2018.

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. 10am-12pm on Fridays.

Bring along the toys and games that you no longer want and exchange them for something else, absolutely free!

 

Training

Training workshop

Download a training brochureThe 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’.


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 299 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.


Workshops and training courses in the East Midlands

Our workshops and training courses are very competitively priced. Half day courses are £35 for Alliance members and £50 for non-members;  Full day courses are £50 for Alliance members and £65 for non-members; first aid courses are £65 plus VAT for Alliance members and £75 plus VAT for non-members. Our comprehensive training programme for the spring term is as follows:

Leicester

  • Enriching babies playtime - 26th February 2020 - 9.30am - 12.30pm, Leicester
  • Effective supervision and appraisal - 27th February 2020, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Thurmaston, Leicester
  • Managing your Ofsted inspection - 3rd March 2020, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Wigston, Leicester
  • Makaton Level 1 - 7th March 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Thorpe Astley, Braunstone Town, Leicester
  • Understanding schemas and how young children learn - 4th March 2020, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Syston, Leicester
  • Education Inspection Framework - 12th March 2020 - 9.30am - 12.30pm - Melton, Leicestershire
  • Paediatric First Aid - 14th and 21st March 2020 (both days), 9.30am - 3.30pm, Loughborough
  • Motivational managment and inspirational leadership - 17th March 2020, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Leicester

Nottingham

  • Effective supervision and appraisal - 28th February 2020, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Bassetlaw CVS, Nottingham
  • Enriching babies playtime - 9th March 2020 - 9.30am - 12.30pm, Gotham, Nottingham
  • Domestic abuse and voilence awareness - 16th March 2020, 12.30pm - 3.30pm, Newstead, Nottingham

 

Download a training brochure

Or download a booking form

 

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

Monday 16th March 2020:  7.30pm - 9.00pm, Newsted, Nottingham

Thursday 19th March 2020: 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Sheffield

Monday 23rd March 2020: 7,30pm - 9.00pm, Belper, Derbyshire

Tuesday 24th March 2020: 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Wednesday 1st April 2020: 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Leicester

Thursday 2nd April 2020: 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

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In this Alliance Connect Event - find out strategies and tips for you and your team to articulate better and get to grips with the conversation with Ofsted.

'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 and to showcase their 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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Please book your place as spaces are limited

Download a booking Form

 

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

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

Creche picture LeicesterLeicestershire

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

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: 

Monday 16th March 2020:  7.30pm - 9.00pm, Newsted, Nottingham

Thursday 19th March 2020: 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Sheffield

Monday 23rd March 2020: 7,30pm - 9.00pm, Belper, Derbyshire

Tuesday 24th March 2020: 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Wednesday 1st April 2020: 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Leicester

Thursday 2nd April 2020: 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

--------------------

In this Alliance Connect Event - find out strategies and tips for you and your team to articulate better and get to grips with the conversation with Ofsted.

'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 and to showcase their 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

Download a booking Form

 

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

Baby at computer

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

Toy phones

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