No organisation works harder for providers and practitioners in the early years sector.
As the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England, we offer support and represent sector concerns in our camapign and policy work.
The Early Years Alliance represents 14,000 members and supports them to deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.
A registered educational charity, we also provide high quality affordable childcare and education to support children and families in areas of deprivation throughout the country.
We offer our members a package of benefits to support them in their work including:
Alliance insurance has supported nurseries, childminders and all early years providers for over 50 years.
Choosing Alliance insurance gives you the peace of mind to operate successfully in the knowledge your business is protected.
We work in partnership with Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA) to provide a suite of insurance packages tailored to you.
The cover is constantly reviewed by our team and updated by RSA to ensure we offer the widest protection at competitive rates.
And we can be flexible and amend or extend our cover bandings to meet your individual setting's circumstances and requirements.
What's more, we offer monthly Direct Debit to spread the cost.
Our special partnership with EduCare, the award-winning CPD-training provider, gives Alliance members FREE access to valuable, distance-learning courses every year.
If you're a member of the Alliance, you'll get free access to EduCare for you and your team including childcare workers and assistants, pre-school leaders, nursery assistants and cooks.
We currently offer more than 30 online courses on key topics such as safeguarding, the EYFS, emotional wellbeing, food hygiene, communication and language, behaviour, SEND, infection control and leadership.
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Law-Call, provides Alliance early years settings, childminders and baby and toddler group members with telephone access to free specialist legal advice.
The service is provided in a confidential, sympathetic and jargon-free manner, on areas of law associated with the successful running of your childcare service such as:
- Employment and HR issues, including guidance on how to handle disciplinary matters, termination of an employee’s contract, sickness absence within the workplace, statutory rights and employers obligations
- Health and safety matters
- Property related advice on licences or lease agreements
- Contractual disputes with suppliers
- Debts and debt recovery
- Tax and VAT issues relating to the setting
- Data protection
- Charity law.
Under 5 magazine
Under 5, the official magazine of the Alliance, is a trusted and respected source of information and advice for the early years community.
Distributed directly to subscribers ten times a year, each issue of Under 5 includes:
- Latest sector news and policy updates
- Regular features on EYFS learning and development requirements
- Learning through play activity ideas
- Exclusive interviews with key early years political and sector leaders
- Expert advice and guidance on issues such as safeguarding and inclusion
- Special discounts on leading commercial sector products and services.
If you are an early years provider or someone looking to advance your employability in the early years sector, we offer a range of qualifications to help you.
The Alliance has an excellent track record as an early years training provider — Ofsted inspectors observed that Alliance learners improve their employment prospects, develop strong vocational skills and gain confidence with dedicated support from our tutors.
And 93% of our early years learners said they would recommend our training to their friends and family.
Alliance member learners receive regular discounts on our training courses.
We offer Alliance members free, independent and professional advice, in clear and accessible ways.
If you call or email our knowledgeable and friendly advisers they can help you with information regarding:
- requirements of the EYFS and Ofsted
- safeguarding and protecting children
- charity legislation and Alliance model governing documents
- managing finances and local authority funding
- staff support and development
- special educational needs and disability.
The Early Years Alliance is accredited to the Matrix Quality Standard for professional advice on all aspects of early years care and education.
The Alliance has a range of more than 80 mini guides on topics such as the EYFS, Ofsted, Safeguarding, Governance, SEND, Child Development, Wellbeing, Managing Behaviour, Business Management, Marketing, GDPR, and Hygiene.
The mini guides are all free to Alliance members.
Members also get 20% off all publications in our Alliance Shop.
Voice of the sector
As the voice of the early years sector, we are committed to speaking out on your behalf.
We have a proud history of successful campaigning, and working with practitioners, peer organisations and policymakers to effect positive change in the early years sector.
We represent your views and concerns in a number of ways including campaigning, advocacy and media work.
Every year, we work in partnership with carefully selected companies who provide quality, affordable products and services to early years providers.
Alliance members benefit from these partnerships through special discounts and offers.
We work with leading early years brands such as Hope Education, EduCare and St John Ambulance.