Local support with Alliance Connect

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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  

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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 


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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


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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 


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Outside Fun  

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  


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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 


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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 


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Early Years Alliance Service Hubs


Central England Service Hub 

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

Visit the Central England Service Hub website

East Anglia Service Hub

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

Visit the East Anglia Service Hub website

East Midlands Service Hub

(Covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire)

Visit the East Midland Service Hub website

Lincolnshire Service Hub

(Covering Lincolnshire)

Visit the Lincolnshire Service Hub website

London and Kent Service Hub

(Covering London, Kent and Medway)

Visit the London and Kent Service Hub website

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)

Visit the North of England Service Hub website

South East and South West Service Hub 

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

Visit the South East and South West Service Hub

West Midlands Service Hub

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

Visit the West Midlands Service Hub website


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