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 difficult time.

You can find out about our online events below and book directly using the relevant links.

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 - FREE

Looking towards the new EYFS 

With the new EYFS due to be introduced in September 2021 providers are turning their thoughts to how they are going to prepare themselves and their staff teams. Join us for this interactive Alliance Connect session where we look at some of the key changes and their implications for your provision as we support you in your preparations for September. 

Date and time: Thursday 15 April, 5pm – 6pm (Please note that the 6.30pm – 7.30pm session on the same date is now full). 

Book your place now! 

Baby and Toddler Connect - FREE

One-off online events providing wellbeing and other advice. They support children’s return to, or introduction to, early education. 

Support & advice around delivering virtual stay & play sessions (Setting up / good virtual sessions / established routines / online interactions)

Do you need support delivering virtual sessions and engaging families? Join us to plan what could help your session run smoothly, consider routines, activities and interaction using the online platform.

Dates TBC


The Wider Community (safeguarding - Early Help / local offer / foodbanks/Children’s centres)

What is in your wider communities? Are you aware of what is available to you locally? Do you know how to signpost your families to access support? Let's share what we know and highlight as many of the positive elements of our communities, together we can raise awareness of whats around us and how we can help families.

Dates TBC


Parent Connect events - FREE

These are one-off online events providing wellbeing and other advice to parents. They support children’s return to, or introduction to, early education.


Buildings Babies Brains

Join us as we explore and discuss the building blocks for a ‘healthy brain’.

Book now: 31 March 2021 2.00-2.45pm


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.

Date: TBC


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.

Date: TBC


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.

Date: TBC


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