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 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 will have a topic but they also provide a chance for practitioners to come together, be updated where appropriate and network and share experiences and commonality.
Alliance Connect online sessions for Autumn 2020
The next round of networking meetings for September and October can be booked by clicking on the link for the relevant date/time:
Meeting the needs of children from day one
Where are children now in their learning and development?
This discussion will focus on: Settling children back into your provision, sharing practice and top tips with other practitioners about specific issues such as attachment, safeguarding, and the impact on children who might not have had the best experience of being at home and maintaining the momentum of the home learning environment and building on the positives of parents as prime educators during lock-down.
Focus on Childminders
All early years providers are welcome to any session that we host, but we also know that some of the challenges are different when you are working out of your own home. With this in mind, we holding a dedicated Alliance Connect event for home-based childcare. Come and join other childminding providers and share your experiences and ideas.
- What's New for SEND? - Tuesday 22 September - 7.00pm
- Making the most of Digital Marketing - Wednesday 21 October - 7.00pm
Working with children with EAL - Top tips and advice
Join us for a focus discussion where we will look at simple and useful top tips and strategies to support children in your setting who have English as an Additional Language. We will share resources and give ideas on best practice. We can refresh you on how this links to the EYFS requirements and give practical examples and actions for supporting children and their families.
Grant Funding - Thinking outside the box
This networking event will have a focus discussion about best practice when applying for grants and where to look for small grant opportunities. We will explore factors that need consideration and share top tips for writing a successful application.
Making the Most of Digital Marketing
The Alliance's Marketing Team joins us to support the discussion and give practical advice and top tips on best ways to use digital marketing to improve your occupancy through websites, Facebook and external childcare search sites. FREE Digital Marketing Mini Guide for every attendee.
What's new for SEND?
This networking event will have a focus discussion relating to the impact of Covid-19 on children with SEND, and their families. Explore with us practice challenges and talk through different ways settings can offer support. Engage with other providers, share ideas and find out more about other support networks.
Let’s Talk committees, AGMs and voluntary managed early years settings
This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges facing committees
We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations regarding AGMs, working together, your responsibility and consider what is the new normal. FREE Top Tips Mini Guide for every attendee.
Operating a viable early years provision
This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges around operating a viable, sustainable early years setting. We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations.
Post-Covid Ofsted Inspections
Are Ofsted Inspections currently pushed to the back of your mind? Haven't thought about the 3 I's or the Learning Walk since March? If your answer is YES please be reassured that you are not alone!
January 2021 will soon be here so join us, and other providers to discuss how Ofsted Inspections might look in the 'new normal'. This is a great opportunity to network, share ideas and ease yourself back into the thought process of being Ofsted ready.
Baby and Toddler Connect
We will be running 7 FREE online Baby and Toddler Connect sessions in September 2020.
These events will aim to cover all aspects of returning to running your groups, address your concerns, what you need to consider and some ideas to make your groups as fun and interactive as possible. All of these sessions will last approximately an hour and are free for to attend! Numbers are limited so book early to avoid missing out!
Welcome back pack - preparing for opening
Join us to discuss how operating after lockdown and welcoming back families into our baby and toddler groups may look. We will be looking at the most current government guidelines and items to consider whilst completing your action plan/risk assessment
Risk assessments/health and safety in groups
To explore together what processes and procedures need to be in place to minimise the risk for families attending the group
Promoting positive behaviour in groups
Join us for an open discussion with Baby & Toddler group leaders about promoting positive behaviour within our community groups. We'll be looking at what behaviour is, how it functions, how we can positively influence it, whilst addressing any issues we may have along the way.
Process rather than product activities
To explore together the importance of the process of play and how this supports learning and development
The importance of play
Explore and discuss the importance of play for children and how it helps their learning and development. Discover how parents and carers can support children’s learning at home.
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 and Isle of Wight)
(Covering Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Bristol)
(Covering Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire)