Local support with Alliance Connect
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 practitioners a wide range of services including:
- specialist training and workshops
- business support services
- payslip services
- opportunities to meet and network through our Alliance Connect events.
You can find your local Service Hub and the relevant contact details further down the page.
Alliance members get some strands of support for free and some at reduced rates.
Important notice — Alliance Connect events and Covid 19
Because of restrictions due to Covid-19, Alliance Connect events are currently taking place online.
We want to ensure you will still receive important face-to-face support and advice from us at this time.
You can find out about our online events below and book via our EYA portal.
Thank you for your understanding and please be assured we are doing all we can to keep you connected locally.
What is an Alliance Connect event?
Alliance Connect offers free online networking sessions.
We have sessions for different groups involved in the early years such as baby and toddler groups, childminders, leaders and managers or parents.
Each session provides a chance for practitioners to come together, be updated where appropriate and network and share experiences and commonality.
Alliance Connect sessions for May
Committee members - Let's talk using social media to promote and raise the profile of your setting to families
Are you making the most out of using social media? Join us to gain tips and ideas on using social media to engage with your community.
Come along as share your ideas and also gain new ones. Let us help you to connect with people.
25 May 2021
19:00 - 20:00
Book your place now via the EYA Portal.
Just log in to the portal and go to Events and Workshops.
Childminders, let's talk future development plans
How are you developing your future action/development plans to ensure a successful 2021 and beyond? Are you taking into account managing children's, assistants and your own wellbeing?
What strategies and/or procedures have you put in place that have worked well and what will you keep in place?
Join us for this networking event to discuss how other childminders are supporting wellbeing, forward planning and building their offer to educate children, though play, in their care.
26 May 2021
18:30 - 19:30
Book your place now via the EYA Portal.
Just log in to the portal and go to Events and Workshops
Parent Connect sessions for June and July
An opportunity to connect with other parents and carers via Zoom and learn about topics relevant to families and children aged 0-5 and share ideas in how to support each other.
Supporting Children’s Emotional Wellbeing
Help your child to recognise their emotions and explore with us ideas for how you can support children’s positive emotional wellbeing.
Thursday 10 June
7 to 8 pm
Let’s Talk about Behaviour
In this session we try to define behaviour and look to delve into some of the influences and functions of children’s behaviour. Finally, we round things up with a discussion around addressing some behaviour concerns.
Thursday 17 June
Supporting your Child’s Speech and Language Development
In this session we explore the importance of speech and language development and how you can support communication.
Thursday 24 June
Process over Product
‘It’s not the destination, it’s the glory of the ride’ Join us as we explore what this means for children in their play.
Thursday 1 July
To explore and discuss activities and ideas for outdoor play, and to learn about the many benefits that this has for children.
Thursday 8 July
5 Ways to Wellbeing
This session includes simple exercises and ideas that can be used by families as well as ideas families can go on to use to further support their mental health and wellbeing.
Thursday 15 July
Importance of Play
Together we consider what play is, explore play-based learning and take a closer look at how play shaped our own childhoods.
Thursday 22 July
Early Years Alliance Service Hubs
(Covering Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire)
(Covering Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex)
(Covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire)
(Covering London, Kent and Medway)
(Covering County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Cumbria, Bradford, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, East Riding, West Yorkshire, Isle of Man)
(Covering Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Southampton, Portsmouth, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Bristol and Isle of Wight)
(Covering Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire)