About us

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 training for our members
  • Bespoke workshops for individual settings - including First Aid, safeguarding and inset day training

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Alliance Connect Meetings

Alliance Connect continues to offer free online networking sessions, new topics and dates for the Spring events are given below.  Each session provides a chance for practitioners to come together, be updated where appropriate and network and share experiences and commonality.  More details about each meeting can be found on our Alliance Connect page available from the 'Our Services' menu above left. 

Supporting Children with English as an Additional Language
Date & Time: Monday 8th February 2021, 4.00pm

Resilience in Early Years Settings
Date & Time: Thursday 11th February 2021, 6.30pm (Childminders and Group Providers)
Date & Time: Monday 22nd February 2021, 7.00pm (Committees)

Supporting Practitioners’ Physical Well-being: avoiding back, knee and other pains
Date & Time: Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 6.30pm

Navigating Their Needs
Date & Time: Thursday 25th February 2021, 4.00pm


Online Training - Virtual Classroom Spring 2021

Our Virtual Classroom offers a flexible approach to learning and has been designed for people working in the early years to ensure providers, staff and volunteers have access to training.

The Virtual Classroom sessions can be accessed via, smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop.

How long are the courses?

Courses comprise either 2 x 90 minutes or 3 x 90 minutes depending on the topic.

How do I book onto a course?

All Virtual Classroom workshops and packages, including the various pricing options for individuals and virtual In-House sessions can be found on our Virtual Classroom page.

January Early Bird Offer - Book before 31 January 2021 and you get a 5% discount!

In-house training
All Virtual Classrooms can be delivered exclusively to your whole staff team. Contact us and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss your individual requirements.

New for Spring 2021! Our Virtual Classroom PLUS takes learning one step further with dedicated follow up consultancy support designed by you to meet your needs to embed your learning in your provision. You can choose to have up to 6 hours of follow up support. You will also receive the training slides, an audit tool and related e-publication.

 


Here are some of our latest YouTube Recordings

Early Years Arts 'n Crafts - Seasons
Join Kathy as she makes some activities on the seasons which links to the child's own experiences and introduces concepts such as change and time.

 

Song Box Session - Pancake Day
Join Catherine from the Early Years Alliance as she sings the pancake song and makes pancakes for Pancake Day.

 

Early Years Update
With almost daily changes to government guidance on a range of early years topics, please join a panel of the Alliance’s experts to get up to date information on the issues of funding and Ofsted inspection. In this essential webinar Shannon Pite (Press and Public Affairs Director), Melanie Pilcher (Quality and Standards Manger) and Michael Freeston (Director of Quality Improvement) will summarise the latest information and reflect on its implications for the sector and advise on how and where further advice can be found.

Please visit our YouTube channel to access the wealth of content we have available, from story times and activities, family sessions and craft ideas to professional webinars.


Family Corner

Family Corner is a FREE online resource by the Alliance, dedicated to supporting families with young children. Our website is packed full of useful articles, information on child development, learning through play, activity ideas and communication and language tips.

Why not check out our latest blog for Children's Mental Health Week 2021: 5 tips to support your child during the pandemic for some ideas how we, as parents and carers, can use our skills to mitigate some of the effects of the pandemic and lockdown on children by being sensitive to how they might be feeling and offering them safety and support.

Join Family Corner for FREE to receive our monthly e-newsletter.


We're moving home for a while!

Due to the continuing developments in government 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.


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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

 

Our Services

News and events

Alliance Connect Meetings

Alliance Connect continues to offer free online networking sessions, new topics and dates for the Spring events are given below.  Each session provides a chance for practitioners to come together, be updated where...

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

Toy phones

Our team structure

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

Read more

News and events

Alliance Connect Meetings

Alliance Connect continues to offer free online networking sessions, new topics and dates for the Spring events are given below.  Each session provides a chance for practitioners to come together, be updated where appropriate and network and share experiences and commonality.  More details about each meeting can be found on our Alliance Connect page available from the 'Our Services' menu above left. 

Supporting Children with English as an Additional Language
Date & Time: Monday 8th February 2021, 4.00pm

Resilience in Early Years Settings
Date & Time: Thursday 11th February 2021, 6.30pm (Childminders and Group Providers)
Date & Time: Monday 22nd February 2021, 7.00pm (Committees)

Supporting Practitioners’ Physical Well-being: avoiding back, knee and other pains
Date & Time: Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 6.30pm

Navigating Their Needs
Date & Time: Thursday 25th February 2021, 4.00pm


Online Training - Virtual Classroom Spring 2021

Our Virtual Classroom offers a flexible approach to learning and has been designed for people working in the early years to ensure providers, staff and volunteers have access to training.

The Virtual Classroom sessions can be accessed via, smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop.

How long are the courses?

Courses comprise either 2 x 90 minutes or 3 x 90 minutes depending on the topic.

How do I book onto a course?

All Virtual Classroom workshops and packages, including the various pricing options for individuals and virtual In-House sessions can be found on our Virtual Classroom page.

January Early Bird Offer - Book before 31 January 2021 and you get a 5% discount!

In-house training
All Virtual Classrooms can be delivered exclusively to your whole staff team. Contact us and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss your individual requirements.

New for Spring 2021! Our Virtual Classroom PLUS takes learning one step further with dedicated follow up consultancy support designed by you to meet your needs to embed your learning in your provision. You can choose to have up to 6 hours of follow up support. You will also receive the training slides, an audit tool and related e-publication.


Here are some of our latest YouTube Recordings

Early Years Arts 'n Crafts - Seasons
Join Kathy as she makes some activities on the seasons which links to the child's own experiences and introduces concepts such as change and time.

 

Song Box Session - Pancake Day
Join Catherine from the Early Years Alliance as she sings the pancake song and makes pancakes for Pancake Day.

 

Early Years Update
With almost daily changes to government guidance on a range of early years topics, please join a panel of the Alliance’s experts to get up to date information on the issues of funding and Ofsted inspection. In this essential webinar Shannon Pite (Press and Public Affairs Director), Melanie Pilcher (Quality and Standards Manger) and Michael Freeston (Director of Quality Improvement) will summarise the latest information and reflect on its implications for the sector and advise on how and where further advice can be found.

Please visit our YouTube channel to access the wealth of content we have available, from story times and activities, family sessions and craft ideas to professional webinars.


Family Corner

Family Corner is a FREE online resource by the Alliance, dedicated to supporting families with young children. Our website is packed full of useful articles, information on child development, learning through play, activity ideas and communication and language tips.

Why not check out our latest blog for Children's Mental Health Week 2021: 5 tips to support your child during the pandemic for some ideas how we, as parents and carers, can use our skills to mitigate some of the effects of the pandemic and lockdown on children by being sensitive to how they might be feeling and offering them safety and support.

Join Family Corner for FREE to receive our monthly e-newsletter.

 


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.


Workshop plus banner


 

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’.


Online Training - Virtual Classroom Spring 2021

Our Virtual Classroom offers a flexible approach to learning and has been designed for people working in the early years to ensure providers, staff and volunteers have access to training.

The Virtual Classroom sessions can be accessed via, smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop.

How long are the courses?

Courses comprise either 2 x 90 minutes or 3 x 90 minutes depending on the topic.

How do I book onto a course?

All Virtual Classroom workshops and packages, including the various pricing options for individuals and virtual In-House sessions can be found on our Virtual Classroom page.

January Early Bird Offer - Book before 31 January 2021 and you get a 5% discount!

In-house training
All Virtual Classrooms can be delivered exclusively to your whole staff team. Contact us and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss your individual requirements.

New for Spring 2021! Our Virtual Classroom PLUS takes learning one step further with dedicated follow up consultancy support designed by you to meet your needs to embed your learning in your provision. You can choose to have up to 6 hours of follow up support. You will also receive the training slides, an audit tool and related e-publication.


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. 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.

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FREE Alliance Connect meetings - Spring 2021

Supporting Children with English as an Additional Language
Join our interactive session with a focused discussion on tips and activities to help you teach children who have English as an Additional Language.
Date & Time: Monday 8th February 2021, 4.00pm

 

Resilience in Early Years Settings
Are you concerned about the well-being of you, your staff and the children in your setting during the challenging circumstances we find ourselves in?  Resilience is a term that in these recent challenging times has come to the forefront, but what is resilience and how do we develop this important life skill?  Join our interactive session where we will consider these questions and together share ways we can provide positive opportunities for children and adults to learn to cope with, and adapt to, the difficulties that they may face in their lives.
Date & Time: Thursday 11th February 2021, 6.30pm (Childminders and Group Providers)
Date & Time: Monday 22nd February 2021, 7.00pm (Committees)

 

Supporting Practitioners’ Physical Well-being: avoiding back, knee and other pains
Join our interactive session to find out about a range of resources and guidance to avoid the aches and pains that regularly affect early years practitioners.  The Alliance has been working with the HSE, top physiotherapists and Derby University to identify and address the causes of what are often seen as the ‘occupational hazards’ of working with young children; bad backs and knee pains.

In this interactive session, we will be joined by Lorna Taylor, Chartered Physiotherapist, who works within primary and early year’s settings and campaigner for improved back health at Jolly Back. We want to hear your experiences and we will share advice, guidance and support.
Date & Time: Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 6.30pm

 

Navigating Their Needs
Join our interactive session with a focus on supporting practitioners to meet the needs of children with EAL who also present with SEND.
Date & Time: Thursday 25th February 2021, 4.00pm


Check back for further National Alliance Connect meetings next term.

 

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

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