Free EduCare training

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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.

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

EduCare Speech Language and Communication in the Early YearsNew course

Speech, Language and Communication in the Early Years

The purpose of this course is to explain what is meant by speech, language and communication, how we communicate and how we can enable and promote good communication skills that prepare children for their next stage.

This course is endorsed by the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE), the UK's leading provider of vocational qualifications for the care and education sectors. 

This course will help you to:

Understand the whole process of communication and its development

Learn why communication is important

Learn about the skills children must develop to be successful communicators

Understand interactions between adults and children

Learn about enabling environments

To access this course

Alliance members: Log into your EduCare account and get this course FREE as part of your membership

Non-members: Purchase course directly from EduCare

Our EduCare courses are now endorsed by CACHE

We are delighted that 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. 

  Sustained shared thinking  Characteristics of Effective Leaders  Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning    Improving children's learning through play 

 Reflective Practice in the Early Years  Supporting Early Language Development  Importance of Self Evaluation  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 new learning platform. See below for details.


Important changes to your training with EduCare

EduCare has launched a new and improved platform for Alliance learners.

Access to the previous system is now no longer available. 

Click here to log in to the new platform

If you are the main contact for Alliance membership, you should have already received an email containing login information which enables you, as administrator, to access the new system and upload your learmer details. If you have not received your login email, then please get in touch here

If you are not the main contact (administrator) and would like to access your learning then you should, in the first instance, speak with your administrator. They can simply add you as a learner, giving you immediate access to your learning.

Or, if you are an Alliance member but have not yet registered with EduCare to receive your FREE CPD-training, you do not need to do anything. The main contact named on your membership application form will automatically receive an enrolment invitation email from us.


Alliance members receive the following courses FREE:   

A guide to employing an Early Years Apprentice

Being Safe: Effective First Aid Management in your setting 

Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning 

Characteristics of Effective Leaders

Effective Safeguarding Practice

Effective Use of the Early Years Pupil Premium

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

Managing Your Ofsted Inspection 2017

Promoting positive behaviour

Providing a Healthy Food Environment in Early Years Settings

Reflective practice in the Early Years

Setting up your Childminding Service

Special Education Needs and Disability

Supporting Children with SEND in the Early Years

Supporting Early Language Development

Sustained Shared Thinking in the Early Years

The Prevent Duty in an Early Years Environment

The Role of Trustees in Delivering the EYFS

Understanding Children’s Rights

Understanding and Addressing Behaviour in the Early Years


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