Welcome to the North of England Service Hub

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

For more information hover your mouse over the Our Services tab to view the dropdown menu showing what we do. 

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.

Free post-natal virtual support programme for local families! All sessions will be online via Zoom.

(You will need to have a Bradford BD postcode to be able to access these sessions)

The programme covers everything from baby brain development and sensory play, early language and communication to positive mental health and keeping your baby safe.

Free sessions include: 

  • Brain development and sensory play 
  • Early language and communication 
  • Positive mental health and the outdoors 
  • Keeping your baby safe and healthy 
  • The importance of play

Each programme comprises five sessions which take place either on a Monday (10.30- 11.30am) or Wednesday (1- 2pm).

Click the titles below to view the dates and book the Monday sessions or the Wednesday sessions.

Monday sessions 10.30am-11.30am

We have come to the end of our current sessions on Mondays. If you are interested in joining us for future sessions, please contact us on events.north@eyalliance.org.uk

Wednesday sessions 1pm-2pm

We are nearing the end of our current Wednesday sessions. If you are interested in joining us for our future sessions, please contact us on events.north@eyalliance.org.uk

Quote from a parent who participated in the recent My Baby and Me - 

I just wanted to pass on in writing, a thank you to Annette Wilson and Alison Heseltine who just facilitated a Christmas singing group, and who also facilitated a recent learning at home course on Fridays.  My son and I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in both, and it's been a real lifeline, especially during the second lockdown, and while the region i live in is in tier 3.  We've had seldom opportunities to make friends with other mums and babies this year, so these online groups and courses have really been invaluable.  

Thank you again.  


Our Virtual Classroom offers a flexible approach to learning and has been designed for people working in the early years to ensure providers, staff and volunteers have access to training.

The virtual classrooms can be accessed via, smartphone, tablet, lap top and desktop.

How long are the courses?

Courses comprise either 2 x 90 minutes or 3 x 90 minutes depending on the topic.

How do I book onto a course?

All Virtual Classroom workshops and packages, including the various pricing options for individuals and virtual In-House sessions can be found on our Virtual Classroom page.

Want In-house training to your whole team?  Contact us to discuss your training requirements north@eyalliance.org.uk 



We have regular story and rhyme sessions for you and your children to enjoy each week.   

See our Facebook page for times and links to the sessions or go to our YouTube channel to watch previous sessions!



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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

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At the moment we have no Qualification courses running.

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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.

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Children's Services

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Supporting Baby and Toddler groups

As part of our support for Baby and...

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Crèche Services

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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

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

We offer...

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Contact us

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Workshops and Training

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We 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 


9.30am - 4.00pm 
Dewsbury Training Room

Places are limited book today!

£67 plus VAT

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


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:



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 

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. 

Alliance members - £35         Non-Members - £50

Time for Boys

Alliance members - £35         Non-Members - £50

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.


• 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


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?

Alliance members - £35              Non-Members - £50

Managing Your OFSTED Inspection

With a new inspection framework in place, staff want to feel confident they are compliant and able to confidently show how their settings provide best practice.

Alliance Members - £35             Non Members - £50

Suitable for:

  •  Leaders,
  • Managers,
  •  Setting owner,
  •  Home Child carers
  • Voluntary management committees / trustee                                                              

  You will,

  • have a better understanding of  the education inspection framework
  • gain an overview of the education inspection framework and to help prepare for inspection
  • feel empowered to take part in an Ofsted inspection with confidence

Enriching Babies Playtime

How can you provide the best possible experience for babies in your setting?
Unsure how to best use the information gathered from observations?
Alliance Members - £35        Non Members - £50

Suitable for:

  • Baby room leaders
  • Early years practitioners working with babies

this workshop will enable practitioners to fully support staff
in meeting the varied needs of babies in a setting.                                                                                                   

  You will

  • use observations to support planning for babies
  • explore a variety of activities to enrich and broaden babies’ experiences
  • consider what cultural capital means for babies.


All Shapes and Sizes

Do you want to support children’s curiosity and spark wonder and joy?
Interested to learn about the best way to use the loose parts you have in your setting?
Alliance Members - £35        Non Members - £50

This workshop aims to help early years settings understand and support children’s curiosity and creativity in early years setting​.
    Suitable for:

  • early years practitioners working with young children

You will,

  • Explore the theory behind loose parts​
  • Understand the possibilities of children’s play​
  • Consider how to value and extend children’s ideas, imagination, language and thinking​
  • To explore the use of materials and media to develop creative play



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


Workshop plus

Enhance your training experience!  

 We all know the huge benefits that high-quality training can bring… 

What if you and your whole team could now learn together as part of tailored CPD professional package of support – created especially for your setting?  

Workshop plus brings together early years teams and training specialists to create an enhanced experience for everyone involved. 

If you already enjoy participating in our extensive range of local workshops, Workshop Plus will take your learning a step higher. 

Workshop plus gives you and your whole team an enhanced training experience. It brings together expertise and experience to raise overall knowledge and practice, so any learning is more effectively shared across the whole team.  

 Workshop plus offers: 

  • Focused 1:1 professional support with individual learners 

  • Specialist delivery of tailored training for whole teams 

  • New opportunities to explore and aid reflective practice 

  • Support to produce CPD plans 

  • Professional facilitators to promote improved team cohesion 

…all for as little as £70.00. 

To enquire please call 01924 460930 or email 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


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
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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.


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

Download our training brochure


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.

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.
Booking is required and places are limited

Let's Talk the Learning Walk

The 'Learning Walk' is an opportunity for Early Years Managers to discuss how their provision is organised
and to showcase their setting to the Ofsted Inspector.
Included in this explanation should be a rationale for the EYFS.

How do you and your staff talk about the Early Years Curriculum? 
In this Alliance Connect Event - find out strategies and tips for you and your team to articulate better and get to grips with the conversation with Ofsted.

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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At the moment we have no Qualification courses running.

Please keep checking for updates.




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

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Children's Services

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Supporting Baby and Toddler groups

As part of our support for Baby and Toddler groups we are delighted to have launched our new Facebook group Enriching the Lives of the Under 5's

Baby and toddler groups are an essential part of the community.
They offer the opportunity for young children to have fun and mix with others, in a safe environment, with a familiar adult present.

In partnership with Public Health in Bradford we have been funded to offer support to upto 90 community-based parent and toddler groups. We not only provide advice and guidance to leaders of both new and existing groups, but also fun and engaging early years activities to the families that attend them.                      

 We are delivering our Healthy Choices, Healthy Lifestyles Project which is funded by Great Aycliffe and Middridge AAP in this area in County Durham The project aims to deliver sessions that promote making healthy choices and exercise to families with young children and to help them have the best opportunities early in life to prevent unhealthy lifestyles later on. The project is delivered through fun crafts and activities which all families can participate in and is currently being offered to toddler groups and early years settings in the GAMP area.


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
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


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

Lightcliffe Pre-school   

The Annex
Christ Church, Brighouse Road
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

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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:


Enquire about our payslip service


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




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