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 and development.
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.
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.
Below are some of 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 VAL POPE, Service Manager for the Alliance in London and Kent email@example.com or phone our main office in Lewisham 020 8695 5955 or our Croydon office 020 3417 6640.
"I have found our working partnership with the Alliance to be a most rewarding professional relationship which enriches our work with our local community." Health Visiting Team Leader
We offer a mobile crèche service, providing a high standard of childcare in your choice of setting.
Our experienced crèche teams travel to your venue equipped with a range of resources and activities to suit all ages involved. We also offer a crèche and bank staff service to deliver in children’s centres and other venues to wor alongside your own teams.
We can deliver a clear seamless borough wide children’s centre offer for families, working alongside health visiting, midwifery, schools and public health services, or a bespoke package of services or programmes for your children's centre.
Our community-based approach offers families access to a range of health, education, play, parenting, adult education, employment support and family support services right across the borough, including a digital offer.
We offer 1:1 family support in the home or in the community, and a wide range of different parenting courses and support programmes to help parents develop a stronger, happier and more positive relationship with their child, building confidence, and skills as a parent.
Evidence-based Parenting Programmes
We are able to deliver Triple P, Teen Triple P and Incredible Years. We can also deliver Incredible Years aimed at specific groups, e.g. children with conduct disorder or oppositional defiance disorder, and we have the PIPT Programme (Personalised Individual Parent Training) for complex cases who benefit from a 1:1 approach. We can also offer HENRY.
Domestic Abuse Recovery programmes
We can deliver 2 main programmes to support families recovering from the impact of domestic abuse and prevent recurrence:
Community Groups Programme – a therapeutic programme for children and their mothers who no longer reside with the perpetrator and are not in crisis, which is offered on a group or 1:1 basis for all ages
Freedom programme – a group for women who are at risk, have experienced or are experiencing Domestic Abuse
Support for early years settings
We offer information and support for early years’ settings including:
- specialist up-to-date information and training on various topics
- paediatric first aid courses
- bespoke workshops and support for individual settings on site or as a cluster group, including topics such as Making the most of your outdoor area and Supporting early language
- safeguarding audits, Pre-Ofsted audits and business support packages
- regular ALLIANCE CONNECT Events to encourage local providers and professionals to get together to share their ideas and experiences and access information and mini-training sessions
Roots of Empathy
Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based programme that has shown dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising pro-social behaviour such as sharing, helping and including others.
At the heart of the programme are classroom visits by a parent and baby. Through guided observations of this loving relationship, children learn to identify and reflect on their own thoughts and feelings and those of others – developing emotional literacy and empathy.
Volunteering and Parental Involvement Programmes
We can deliver a range of short courses to support parents and community members to feel confident to volunteer in pre-schools, nurseries, children’s centres and other projects.
We can also train parents to become ‘action researchers’ in their local community, helping to develop, shape and evaluate services, including ‘mystery shopping’.