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Important member update

We are currently undergoing a major transformation of our customer support systems. This involves a significant upgrade which is currently affecting some of our communication channels with you. We apologise for this disruption and know that it is creating some delay in providing the usual level of support to you.

Every enquiry is important to us and we remain committed to being here for you over this transitional period.

You can still contact us in a number of ways;

Thank you for your continued support and patience.


We believe flexible and comprehensive training is invaluable in supporting practitioners to deliver quality services.

Our special partnership with EduCare, the award-winning CPD-training provider, gives Alliance members FREE access to valuable, distance-learning courses every year.

If you're a member of the Alliance, you'll get free access to EduCare for you and your team* including childcare workers and assistants, pre-school leaders, nursery assistants and cooks.

And our EduCare courses are now endorsed by the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE). CACHE is the UK's leading provider of vocational qualifications for the care and education sectors. 

*member early years settings can add 30 learners as standard. Further places can be added as required. Terms and conditions apply — please contact us.

Transition and Emotional WellbeingEffective Transition and Emotional Wellbeing in the Early Years 

This CPD-recognised course will benefit anyone working in a childcare setting.

It explores:

  • emotional wellbeing during the settling-in process
  • ideas for create a calm and enabling environment
  • trauma-informed practice and how it can influence behaviour
  • how to create secure attachments and promote staff wellbeing
  • practical activities which encourage emotional wellbeing in your own setting

Price: FREE to Alliance members as part of their membership package.

Non-members can buy for a special price of just £10.50.

Alliance members can access the course by logging into the EduCare learning platform.

Creating effective communicationCreating an effective communication and language environment

This Alliance CPD-recognised online course will benefit anyone working in a setting or supporting families in the early years.

It explores:

  • creating language-rich learning environments
  • stages of language acquisition
  • interacting with children
  • developing relationships with parents and carers
  • conversations with parents and carers.

Alliance members can access the course for FREE by logging into the EduCare learning platform

Non-members can buy it for just £10.50 from EduCare.

Managing your Early Years InspectionREVISED! Managing your Early Years Inspection

One of our most popular courses, Managing your Early Years Inspection has been revised and is available to members.

It gives valuable advice and support on:

  • Key inspection principles and main judgements
  • Best practice to ensure you’re always prepared
  • What an inspector looks for
  • How to improve your current Ofsted grade.

Price: Free as part of your Alliance membership

Non-member price: £27 excl. VAT

Alliance members get the following courses FREE as part of their membership: 

  • Being a Key Person in an Early Years Setting

  • Being Safe: Effective First Aid Management in Your Setting 

  • Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning 

  • Characteristics of Effective Leaders

  • Creating an Effective Communication and Language Environment

  • Effective Transition and Emotional Wellbeing in the Early Years

  • Effective Safeguarding Practice (Revised 2019)

  • Equality and Inclusion in Early Years Settings

  • Getting to grips with the EYFS (2017)

  • Implementing the GDPR 

  • Improving children's learning through play

  • Infection prevention and control in an early years setting

  • Introduction to Yoga with young children

  • Managing Your Early Years Inspection 2020

  • Marketing your Early Years Service

  • Providing a Healthy Food Environment in Early Years Settings

  • Reflective practice in the Early Years

  • SEND Code of Practice

  • Social Media Marketing for Early Years Settings

  • Supporting Children with SEND in the Early Years

  • Supporting Early Language Development

  • Sustained Shared Thinking in the Early Years

  • Speech, Language and Communication in the Early Years 

  • The Importance of Self-Evaluation

  • The Prevent Duty in an Early Years Environment

  • Theories Underpinning the EYFS

  • Understanding Children’s Rights

  • Understanding and Addressing Behaviour in the Early Years

Please note: Before you can take part in EduCare courses you will need to ensure you have registered with EduCare's learning platform. 


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