Local early years training and workshops

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Important notice — Workshops and training courses 

Because of the national lockdown due to Covid-19, Alliance training events and workshop events will be taking place online.

We want to ensure you will still receive important face-to-face support and advice from us at this difficult time.

You can find out about your local online events below or by looking at your local Service Hub's website (see list further down page). 

If you are interested in online training opportunities please register your interest using our online enquiry form.

Thank you for your understanding and please be assured we are doing all we can to keep you connected locally.

July update

It has been a busy time for the Alliance Connect team, we're delighted that over 600 providers have already connected with us and enjoyed our interactive, informative online events. 

Everything is changing rapidly across the early years sector. We've been busy collating information from participants' evaluations to shape the focus of events over the Summer months.

We are therefore pleased to announce planned topics for discussion:

  • Let's talk September
  • SEND and the pandemic
  • Sustainability
  • Digital Marketing 
  • Applying for Grants

Over July and August, we'll be delivering two events every week to support your preparations for 1 September. Places are limited so please do register for a free place as soon as you can. We will add more sessions if necessary to meet demand.

Online sessions in July
(Click on the times to register)

Let's Talk September 

Are you feeling unsure of your plans for the Autumn term?  If the answer is yes, this is the session for you!

Join us and other providers to look at the challenges, share information and ideas.

The event covers:

  • Showcasing your setting and visits from new families
  • Regulations, cohorts and bubbles
  • Staffing and flexible furlough
  • Settling-in children,​ new and previous ones

Together we can support each other to find best way to navigate forward.

Tuesday 14 July -  10.00am and 5.00pm

SEND and inclusion during the pandemic

Nicky Gibson, the Alliance's Inclusion Manager, joins these networking events to encourage conversation around SEND and inclusion during the pandemic. Nicky has over 30 years’ experience as an early years inclusion expert and SENCO, working in local government, specialist agencies and settings.

Challenges around operating a viable, sustainable early years setting

What are your plans and thoughts to ensure you remain viable in an increasingly difficult operating time? We explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations.

Grant Funding - Thinking Outside the Box

Tapped into some funding and want to share your experience with others or want to find out more about where to look for small grant opportunities? 

Sarah Ellis, Development Manager for the Alliance, will be joining us at these two connects to give ideas and facilitate the discussions.   


Online sessions in August
(Click on the times to register)

Making the most of digital marketing to improve your sustainability

The Alliance's marketing team joins us to support the discussion and give practical advice on best ways to use digital marketing to improve your occupancy.


Supporting early years practitioners is a priority for us and we do this through our national network of nine Service Hubs.

Through our Hubs we offer early years practitioners a wide range of high quality up-to-date specialist training and workshops in key areas to boost skills, enhance expertise and inspire confidence in your work.

Find your Early Years Alliance Service Hub below, visit their website and then contact them. 

Or you can contact our Development Services team and ask what is happening in your area. Call them on 0207 697 2587 or email development@eyalliance.org.uk and they will be happy to answer your questions.

Note: Training is open to Alliance members and non-members but Alliance members enjoy reduced rates

Central England Service Hub 

(Covering Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire)

East Anglia Service Hub

(Covering Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex)

East Midlands Service Hub

(Covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire)

Lincolnshire Service Hub

(Covering Lincolnshire)

London and Kent Service Hub

(Covering London, Kent and Medway)

North of England Service Hub

(Covering County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Cumbria, Bradford, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, East Riding, West Yorkshire, Isle of Man)

South East Service Hub 

(Covering Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Southampton, Portsmouth, Dorset and Isle of Wight)

South West Service Hub

(Covering Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Bristol)

West Midlands Service Hub

(Covering Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire)



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