The Alliance North of England Service Hub supports approximately 1,400 members across the north of England including pre-schools, nurseries, toddler groups, childminders and individuals.

We offer practical early years advice and support including:

  • Specialist up-to-date information and training on various topics including safeguarding, first aid and toddler group guidance
  • Bespoke workshops to individual settings that require assistance on more complicated issues
  • Regular member forums to encourage local providers and professionals to get together to share their ideas and experiences
  • Collaborative working with other local organisations and the local authority to help support local early years providers effectively
  • Competitively priced First Aid training
  • Regular member forums and free training for our members
  • Bespoke workshops for individual settings - including First Aid, safeguarding and inset day training

 

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The Alliance North of England Service Hub covers County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Cumbria, Bradford, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, East Riding, West Yorkshire and the Isle of Man.


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We have lots of workshops planned for delivery in an area near you. Over 30 short courses are available, all of which can be delivered in-house.
Feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss the training needs of you and your team. 

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Becoming a member of the Early Years Alliance

The Early Years Alliance is dedicated to giving every child, parent and practioner the best experience in the early years.

Our membership packages combine the best support, training and information for member settings to help you in turn support the children and families you work with.

  • More than 20 free Cache-endorsed online training courses for your team via EduCare
  • Discounts on training and workshops
  • Access to 24hr legal helpline Law-Call 
  • 10 issues of Under 5 magazine a year — each issue is packed with sector news, policy updates and activity ideas
  • 'EY Instant Update' emails to alert you of any policy, legislation or funding changes
  • Access to our specialist and competitively-priced insurance 
  • On-call support from our expert advisers
  • 20% off our extensive range of books and publications
  • Free mini guides on various aspects of running an early years setting

Find out more about membership


 

Our Services

Workshops and Training

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Alliance Connect

Coffee morning

Alliance Connect meetings are an opportunity for members to meet, share ideas and connect with fellow members.

Member groups are able to...

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Qualifications

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Setting
QRN: 603/3476/9

EXTERNAL TRAINING
The Early Years Special Educational Needs Coordinator (...

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Family Learning courses

We have a variety of family learning courses and can develop bespoke packages to meet individual need should this be required.

Courses include:...

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Children's services

Child with paint on hands

Supporting parent and toddler groups

In partnership with Bradford Metropolitan Council we have been funded to offer support...

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Crèche services

Baby on xylophone

We offer a mobile crèche service, providing a high standard of childcare in your choice of setting.
Our experienced crèche teams...

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Meeting rooms

We have various meetings rooms availabe to hire.

We have a meeting/training room at our Dewsbury office available to hire during the day. ...

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Payslip service

Baby at computer

Reduce the time and burden on your business or group by using the Early Years Alliance payslip service.

We offer...

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Building Better Opportunities - Action Towards Inclusion

“The Early Years Alliance are an intervention partner for the Action towards Inclusion programme in the East Riding of Yorkshire. This three year...

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Contact us

Boy on toy phoneTo discuss any of our events, trainings or other services please call:

01924 460 930 or email...

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Workshops and Training

Training workshop

Download our training brochureWe offer a range of CPD workshops and bespoke in house training for the early years sector.

You can download our training brochure here

“Very good delivery of important information and good opportunities to interact with others and share information.” — feedback on Nutrition in the Early Years.

'"I would highly recommend 'Tricky conversations' and I have returned to work and suggested to our team, that if this is re-delivered to attend, as I found it most useful to support our roles when engaging in conversation.'"

To find out more email events.north@eyalliance.org.uk or ring 01924 460930. 


Paediatric First Aid Course

Are you or your team due to renew your First Aid qualification?
Our courses fulfil the requirements under the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage as issued by the Department for Education and Skills.
 Booking now for 

Thursday 19th and 26th March
Tuesday 28th April and 5th May
Thursday 11th and 18th June
(Both dates must be attended)

9.30am - 4.00pm 
Dewsbury Training Room

Places are limited book today!

£67 plus VAT


Effective School Readiness

This workshop enables practitioners to understand:
• What do we mean by school ready?
• How do we know children are ready for school?
• How the areas of learning support children’s readiness for school?
• How to ensure you supporting children to be ready for school?

Monday 2nd March - 9.30 - 12.30pm    Dewsbury Training Room
Alliance members - £35         Non-Members - £50


Defining the Early Years Curriculum in your Setting

Ofsted are now placing a greater emphasis on your approach as a provider to the curriculum and how it is implemented. 
How do we plan and organise without increasing the workload and still keep the needs of the individual child in mind at the same time? 
Find out more on this short course

In this workshop you will be able:

To discuss ‘in the moment planning’ and how it supports the unique child
To recognise how the curriculum is planned and sequenced
To consider how and why we should monitor the effectiveness of the curriculum
To explore the intentimplementation and impact of the Early Years Curriculum

Thursday 13th February
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Friday 28th February
9.30am - 12.30pm
Thursday 5th March
9.30am - 12.30pm
Monday 16th March 
12.30pm - 3.30pm

Dewsbury Training Room
Alliance members - £35         Non-Members - £50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are also providing this workshop in March and April in other venues across
 the North of England Service hub:

 

Thursday 19th March - 6.30pm - 9.30pm
St Saviours Church, Off Denton Lane, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 9BF

Tuesday 24th March - 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Greenodd Village Hall, Greenodd, Ulverston, LA12 7RD

Thursday 26th March - 10.00am - 1.00pm
Adel Pre-school, Methodist Church Hall, Gainsborough Avenue, Leeds, LS16 7PQ

Tuesday 31st march - 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Croston Pre-school Nursery, The Old School, Church Street, Croston, Preston, PR26 9HA

Thursday 2nd April - 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Wheatcroft Pre-school, St Michael's Youth Hall, Filey Road, Scarborough, YO11 3AA


Inspiring and Motivational Leadership

This workshop will help you to:
• Understand the key role of leaders in quality improvement
• Motivate staff • Explore the skills to effectively use supervision, performance management and continuous professional development to improve outcomes for children.
• Develop effective communication with staff and parents 

Tuesday 25th February - 12.30 - 3.30pm   Wetherby
Wednesday 25th March - 9.30 - 12.30pm    Preston

Alliance members - £35         Non-Members - £50


Science and Wonder in Early Years

The aim of the workshop is to support you to recognise and make better use of science in the early years setting.
This workshop will enable you to achieve a better understanding of what is meant by science in its broadest sense and an awareness of the many opportunities available in every setting every day. 

Wednesday 25th March - 12.45pm - 3.45pm   Preston
Alliance members - £35         Non-Members - £50


Time for Boys

By attending this workshop you will be able to better construct
an understanding of how young boys develop,
to understand how to engage effectively with them
and to support and encourage their participation
in all areas of learning in an early years setting.

 

Objectives:
• Identify areas of concern in boys’ development
• Recognise social attitudes to young boys
• Identify barriers to young boys’ engagement and well-being
• Describe young boys’ and girls’ different play preferences
• Identify ways of extending young boys’ learning and development
• Identify ways of communicating with parents about how to support boys play
• Create an action plan for engagement in their settings identify areas of concern in boys’   development

 

Thursday 12th March - 10.00 - 1.00pm
Leeds   (Adel)
Alliance members - £35         Non-Members - £50

 


Quality Teaching and Learning in Early Years

By attending this workshop you will gain a greater understanding of:
• Your role in supporting children’s learning
• What exactly are Ofsted looking for?
• How effectively are you evaluating the quality of your practice?
• What does best practice look like?

Friday 13th March - 9.30 - 12.30pm    Dewsbury Training Room
Thursday 19th March - 12.30 - 3.30pm    Oldham (Chadderton)
Tuesday 24th March - 6.30 - 9.30pm   Ulverston (Penny Bridge)
Tuesday 31st March - 12.30 - 3.30pm   Preston

Alliance members - £35         Non-Members - £50
 


In-house Training

We are pleased to be able to offer a range of 3 hour workshops that can be delivered in-house to Early Years settings by one of our experienced tutors. You can choose from the range of workshops that the Early Years Alliance are currently delivering (all are marked as * in the Training Brochure) or you can request specific subjects to meet the needs of your setting. Workshops can be delivered in your setting or at a venue provided by you. Alternatively your setting can come exclusively as a group to our Dewsbury Training room – This is charged at the normal workshop rate in the brochure 

Cost: (All handouts and certificates are included) Members: Minimum cost of £210.00 for up to 7 practitioners Any additional member of staff at £20.00 per person Non-Members Minimum cost of £280.00 for up to 7 practitioners. Any additional member of staff at £30.00 per person Please note, your setting will be invoiced before the training is delivered 

 Please ask us for details by contacting us on events.north@eyalliance.org.uk
 


Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Eary Years Educator)

This recognised qualification is designed for the work‐based learner in an early years  care and educational environment, who are looking to develop their skills and knowledge to lead and manage in an early years setting. 

The Alliance are planning to offer this qualification in your area

  • Delivered over 12 to 15 months group sessions, one morning per week; meeting less frequently as course progresses
  • Working to a structured timetable and uploading evidence to an on‐line portfolio
  • Direct observation within the workplace by a qualified assessor

To undertake this qualification applicants must:

  • be 16 years or older
  • be working or volunteering in an early years childcare environment for a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • have worked for at least 6 months in a level 2 position gaining experience with key children and observing, activity planning, assessing and reviewing
  • have access to a computer or laptop for uploading work.

A level 2 qualification childcare is desirable, but not essential

To register your interest please contact:
Email: events.north@eyalliance.org.uk
Tel: 01924 460930


HENRY

Did you know that part of our work is delivering HENRY (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young) courses in the local area in partnership with the children's centres?

We have two fully trained facilitators who can deliver the eight-week course to groups within the North of England service hub area.
If you would like to know more about the programme and the cost of running a course in your setting then please do get in touch. 


Early Years Inspection Framework workshops
Women having a meeting

The new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) came into place in September 2019. Ofsted says the EIF has been amended to include greater emphasis on the needs of younger children.

It replaces the “quality of teaching, learning and assessment” with a new “quality of education” judgement. The Early Years Alliance has developed a package of support to help early years practitioners navigate the changes and can be delivered on-site direct to you and your team. 

The package includes two specialist workshops Exploring the EIF and Cultural Capital  plus our new publication Exploring the Education Inspection Framework.

Exploring the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) workshop

This workshop supports managers and leaders to better understand the requirements of the EIF. Participants will explore terms such as ‘intent, implementation and impact’. It will consider how the curriculum should look and offers support on ways to deliver successfully in their own provision.

It covers:

  • Key changes
  • The term Cultural Capital and what it means
  • The new judgement areas
  • Ofsted Inspector expectations of Intent, Implementation and Impact
  • The Important role managers and leaders play in the process
  • Paperwork necessary to support the process.

Cultural Capital workshop

Integral to Ofsted’s new inspection framework, the term Cultural Capital is described by Ofsted as being ‘the essential knowledge children need to be effective citizens’. This workshop considers the origins of the term and supports practitioners to recognise how the EYFS already supports Cultural Capital.

It covers:

  • What is the main theory behind Cultural Capital and how it has influenced Ofsted's definition​
  • What is meant by Cultural Capital
  • What Cultural Capital is not
  • How to enhance children’s learning using the concept of Cultural Capital
  • How to articulate how children experience the awe and wonder of the world through the seven areas of learning and development
  • How to demonstrate your provision enhances children's Cultural Capital.

Specialist EIF consultancy support

We also offer you six hours of face to face, on-site consultancy from a qualified and experienced early years advisor.

We will work closely with you to support you to implement your workshop learning to ensure it is embedded into your daily practice. You can choose how to receive this support to best suit your needs including phone, face to face or email.

Or

If you now feel confident about the EIF and would prefer to focus on related business support, you can choose from these areas:

  • Charity Health Check
  • Pre and Post Ofsted Inspection support
  • Business Sustainability Health check

The consultancy is delivered within a 12 week period to ensure your team meets the requirements as quickly and efficiently as possible.

So what does this cost?

You can buy this package with either one or both of the workshops. The package includes our new Exploring the Education Inspection Framework publication, due out in September.

To see all of our workshops download our training brochure

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To book a workshop please email events.north@eyalliance.org uk or call 01924 460930

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Alliance Connect

Coffee morning

Alliance Connect meetings are an opportunity for members to meet, share ideas and connect with fellow members.

Member groups are able to get together as and when suits them. They can be informal meetings of like-minded people who wish to share information; have a good moan about early years(!); or discuss new changes/challenges.

Alternatively they can be a regular event in your Alliance calendar and have guest speakers, debating subjects of interest or something that is causing concern in your area. The choice is yours!

However you wish to organise them, these events are a way of supporting local settings, voicing your opinion and having your voice heard and it is important that these communities are led by yourselves, the volunteers and members of the Alliance.

Alliance Connect
Early Years Networking Events

Light refreshments available at all connect events


Makaton Taster Sessions

An Introduction to Makaton
This is a taster session led by Tracy Clark, a highly regarded Senior Makaton Tutor,
 where you will learn about Makaton and a number of signs.
Tracy has many years experience in delivering Makaton training throughout the UK to parents, children and professionals.
Tracy also works for the BBC and ITV as a Makaton signing advisor.
 
March 3rd - Leeds (Adel Pre-school)
10.00 - 12.30pm

 
March 5th - Dewsbury Training Room
6.30 - 9.00pm

 
March 10th - Oldham (St Saviours Church-Chadderton)
6.30 - 9.00pm

 
March 26th - Preston (Croston Pre-school)
6.30 - 9.00pm
 
Booking is required and places are limited
 

 

To book your place use the form below or please email

events.north@eyalliance.org.uk or phone 01924 460930

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Qualifications

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Early Years Setting
QRN: 603/3476/9

EXTERNAL TRAINING
The Early Years Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) qualification is for a Level 3 practitioner in a private, voluntary or independent setting.
All Early Years providers are required to have arrangements in place to identify and support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and to promote equality of opportunity for children in their care.
This is an important role to ensure the best possible educational outcomes are achieved for children with SEND.

Aims of the course
The qualification is designed for those already working in a SENCO role as part of their early year’s practitioner role, or those who are interested in doing so.
This qualification is also appropriate for childminders.
This qualification aims to:
• explore the role and responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in an early years setting
• understand the strategies and techniques for supporting children and their families
• increase knowledge of SEND codes of practice

The course runs for 6 months with support workshops, one to one meeting, forms, workplace delivery and teaching sessions held Early Years Alliance Dewsbury Training Centre.
The cost of the course is £350 with deposit of £50 and then 5 payment of £60 per month, this will include registration, e-portfolio and tuition. 

Starts on the 4th February 2020 - 9.30am until 11.30am.
Session dates are: - Tuesdays, 04/02/20 – 03/03/20 – 31/03/20 – 28/04/20 – 02/06/20 and 30/06/20

For more information and to book your place call or email:
Hazel Eastwood-Powell - Training for People that Care Mobile: 07921522030
Email: hazeleastwoodpowell@gmail.com
Website: http://hazeleastwoodpowell.com/

CACHE Approval Centre 8467402          UK Register Learning Provider Number 10068250


NCFE CACHE Level 4 Award in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Leadership and Management in the in Early Years
QRN:603/4888/4

EXTERNAL TRAINING
Tutor: Hazel Eastwood- Powell – Training for People That Care

The qualification is designed for those already working in a lead SENCO role as an Early Years practitioner and who wish to increase confidence in relation to leadership and management progression.

Learners will be prepared for leadership and management in specific aspects of the SENCO role including: 
• Enabling best outcomes for children and their families
• Enriching professional development • Liaison with parents/carers, colleagues, other professionals
• Undertaking and applying research for improved outcomes

Qualification structure Learners must achieve three (3) mandatory units.
• Unit 1: Leading effective practice in the role of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) within Early Years Settings
• Unit 2: Evaluate Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) provision for effective practice within an Early Years Setting
• Unit 3: Lead change to inform Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) provision in an Early Years Setting

The course runs for 9 months with support workshops, one to one meetings, forms, workplace delivery and teaching sessions held at Early Years Alliance, Dewsbury Training Centre.
The cost of the course is £475 with deposit of £75 and then 8 payments of £50 per month this will include registration, e-portfolio and tuition. 

Starts on the 4th February 2020, time 1.00pm until 3.00pm.
Session dates: - Tuesdays, 04/02/20 – 03/03/20 – 31/03/20 – 28/04/20 – 02/06/20 – 30/06/2028 – 28/07/20 – 01/09/20 and 29/09/20

For more information and to book your place call or email: Hazel Eastwood-Powell - Training for People that Care
Mobile: 07921522030
Email: hazeleastwoodpowell@gmail.com
Website: http://hazeleastwoodpowell.com/

CACHE Approval Centre 8467402        UK Register Learning Provider Number 10068250

 

 

 

 


 

 

Family Learning courses

We have a variety of family learning courses and can develop bespoke packages to meet individual need should this be required.

Courses include:

  • Let's Get Started
  • Let's Learn Together
  • Happy Families Happy Toddlers
  • Healthy Tots Cook and Grow
  • Sticky Science
  • Busy Bods
  • Confidence Building
  • Learning through play (Child development course)
  • Challenging behaviours
  • School Readiness

Growing up Healthy and Safe Project in the North East

The project us delivered in toddler groups and has three core sessions and add on modules that are delivered based on local needs.

  • Advice and guidance on ensuringthe toddler sessions are safe and healthy groups where families feel supported
  • Advice on healthy eating portion (portion size,hidden sugars, eatwell plate...)
  • Keeping active
  • Healthy finances
  • Home safety
  • Dental care
  • Smoke free families
  • Pre and post-natal alcohol dangers

All sessions include messy play,music and movement. Sessions on healthy eating include making snack together and meal in another session.
Family cooking courses are also delivered in primary school and community buildings . This is a four part session and involves making dessert, 
main course and leraning about budgeting and making healthier choices.

For further information contact 

Email: north.events@eyalliance.org.uk


Youth Music in the Coastal North

Are you a toddler group, nursery or pre-school setting on the North Yorkshire coast?  Would you like to be a part of a new funded music project?

The North East has been awarded a grant from Youth Music for a two year project starting in spring 2018. Growing through Music in the Coastal North will fund the Alliance to provide musical opportunities in early years settings to encourage language and communication development in young children. The project runs down the north east coast from Durham down to Lincolnshire. 

We have just delivered the first three projects and a great time was had by all - leaders, children, parents and Alliance staff. 

"Interactive, creative and helps children "

"Helped my child in talking to others"

"We really enjoyed seeing all of the animals come out of the bag each week, my son found it really exciting"

"helped my child to get involved and making him feel it was ok to get stuck in and play with different things"

"We learnt lots of new songs"

If you are interested in your setting being involved please contact us for further details

Email: north@eyalliance.org.uk

Telephone: 01924 460930


 

Children's services

Child with paint on hands

Supporting parent and toddler groups

In partnership with Bradford Metropolitan Council we have been funded to offer support to over 90 community-based parent and toddler groups. 

We provide support and guidance to leaders of both new and existing groups and deliver early years activities to the families that attend them.

Areas that the project covers include:

  • Preparing children for transitions
  • The importance of language and communication skills
  • The need to keep children fit and healthy
  • The benefits of play as a means of learning and understanding the world
  • The benefits of volunteering
  • How to reduce accidents and injuries in the home and outside
  • Working in partnership with other agencies and forming links between community based organisations

Directly-managed settings

The Alliance directly manages 75 childcare services across England. Visit the Find Childcare page on the Alliance website to view the whole list.

Nurseries are managed locally so that children under five and their families can benefit from a range of services and support when they need it, in a convenient location that reflects the needs of the community .

The North of England Service Hub currently manages five settings:

Linthwaite Clough Community Childcare

Cedar Block, Linthwaite Clough School

Chapel Street
Linthwaite
Huddersfield HD7 5NJ
Tel: 01484 841994 or 07899 838637
Email: linthwaite@eyalliance.org.uk 

 


Thornton Lodge Early Years Centre                                                

Brook Street

Thornton Lodge

Huddersfield, HD1 3JW
Tel: 01484 548392 or 07981 048615
Email: ThorntonLodge@eyalliance.org.uk 


Lydgate Pre-school         

Lydgate Road

Batley

WF17 6EY
Tel: 01924 476464
Email: Lydgate@eyalliance.org.uk


Lightcliffe Pre-school   

The Annex
Christ Church, Brighouse Road
Hipperholme
Halifax
HX3 8AA
United Kingdom
Tel: 01422 207930 or 07816 216292

Crèche services

Baby on xylophone

We offer a mobile crèche service, providing a high standard of childcare in your choice of setting.
Our experienced crèche teams travel to your venue equipped with a range of resources and activities to suit all ages involved.
We are dedicated to meeting the needs of all the children in our care, and we provide everything to ensure that all the children at your event are entertained and cared for to a very high standard.
The children will have fun in a safe and monitored environment during their stay with us.

Our mobile crèche includes:

  • Fully qualified members of staff
  • High quality creche sessions at affordable prices
  • Delivery of infant massage sessions  
  • Age and stage appropiate appropriate equipment for the children
  • Insurance
  • an exciting array of activities
  • Health and safety risk assessments
  • Healthy snacks
  • Booking and registration procedures
  • First aid equipment
  • Excellent staff to children ratios
  • Working to Ofsted national guidelines
  • Working in line with EYFS national guidelines

All our crèches are bespoke to your own requirements.

Feedback from our crèche sessions

"Crèche has been very good and it has made a big difference to my family."
"Brilliant and my daughter has loved going."
"My child is so disappointed that today is her last day! Many thanks for working so closely with us to make sure that all the children have lovely experiences."

"My daughter has really enjoyed crèche and playing with the toys and the other children. The crèche workers have been lovely in looking after her."


 

 

Meeting rooms

We have various meetings rooms availabe to hire.

We have a meeting/training room at our Dewsbury office available to hire during the day. 

The room has its own kitchen and toilet area

The meeting room can seat 25 in 'cafe' style with tables and 50 in theatre style.We also have a smaller room at  our Bingley office

Refreshments/lunch can be organised.

Please email events.north@eyalliance.org.uk or call 01924 460930   

 


 

Payslip service

Baby at computer

Reduce the time and burden on your business or group by using the Early Years Alliance payslip service.

We offer a comprehensive, secure payslip service for pre‑schools, full daycare nurseries, out of school clubs and other community groups across England and Wales.

The service includes:

 

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Building Better Opportunities - Action Towards Inclusion

“The Early Years Alliance are an intervention partner for the Action towards Inclusion programme in the East Riding of Yorkshire. This three year project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. The Alliance is offering well-being interventions, providing support to participants who meet the relevant criteria. 

For more information about the Action Towards Inclusion Programme please contact: 

Richard Knight - Project Lead 

T. 01924 460930 

E. richard.knight@eyalliance.org.uk 

Contact us

Boy on toy phoneTo discuss any of our events, trainings or other services please call:

01924 460 930 or email north@eyalliance.org.uk

Service Hub Manager - Kath Duffy

Service Administrator - Asmah Mayet

 

 


Childcare

North of England Service Hub
Unit 5, County Workshops
Wood Street
Dewsbury
West-Yorkshire
WF13 1QU
United Kingdom
Tel: 01924 460930