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Due to Covid-19 and the impact of lock-down, all our Alliance Connect events are now taking place online. We are also developing some bite-size CPD training sessions, more information about this will be coming out soon. We want to ensure you still receive that important face to face support and advice from us at this difficult time.

You can find out more about planned online events happening locally over the coming weeks under Alliance Connect here and also in our new monthly News Updates.

Join us for our FREE interactive online Alliance Connect sessions, these have been designed to support you through the challenging times we are all facing. 

With a key focus on:

  • Maintaining your provision and staying open
  • Supporting practitioners, children and families to return to your setting
  • Let's talk home based childcare (or childminding)
  • Preparing your premises and the early years environment

Click on the Our Services then Alliance Connect tab to find the links and register for the sessions!


Following on from the popularity of our Alliance Connect online networking events, having listened to your views, wants and needs, we have now developed a programme of Virtual Classrooms.

Delivered over two or three 90 minute sessions, these courses have been specifically designed to be delivered online and can be accessed from the safety and comfort of your own space, whether that be at home or in the workplace, giving you an interactive experience with other providers to share ideas and support you to effectively deliver your provision.

SPECIAL EARLY BIRD OFFER: 
get a 5% discount on all bookings made before the 31st of October

Click on the Our Services then Workshops and Training tab to find the links and register for the sessions!


Let's Learn Together @ Home

Please join us for an activity-packed programme offering loads of ideas on how to keep your little one happy, motivated and learning over the summer.
Click here for more information


Ask your MP to demand an urgent coronavirus financial support package for the early years sector

The early years sector is facing significant financial pressures during the coronavirus pandemic. With an emergency Budget reported to being taking place shortly, we are calling for the government to commit to an urgent dedicated financial support package for the childcare sector.

Click here to ask your MP to speak out on your behalf in Parliament.


Hungry Little Minds

Hungry Little Minds in Cornwall - our Facebook Page is now live!
Click here to follow Cornwall Reads!  

It's an initiative that we hope will reach practitioners and parents alike so please share far and wide and not just in Cornwall.  We don't mind where you are!
Children soak up every little bit of stimulation you give them. All the little things make a big difference to the development of their speech and understanding of words.
Everyday moments can be used to boost your child’s learning, as they are interested in all sorts of things.

The Hungry Little Minds campaign provides lots of simple tips and activities that you can slot into your routine and that children love. Such as:

Play ‘I spy’ on the bus with them and you can see their imaginations light up
Talk to your child about what has happened so far in the day – for example, “We went to the shops this morning, didn’t we? We bought some apples.” And talk about what is going to happen next – “After lunch we’ll do the washing up”
Look at picture books together. With each new page, give your child time to point out things to you and talk about what they can see

Search Hungry Little Minds Campaign for simple tips and activities, or to find out what’s available where you live.
And help set them up nicely for school.


 

The Early Years Alliance South West Service Hub covers a wide area from Cornwall up to Bristol and Bath.

We actively support nearly 700 Alliance members who manage a range of childcare services such as parent and toddler groups, pre-schools, children's centres and nurseries. We also provide specialist early years support and advice to families with young children, practitioners and professionals.

For over 30 years the South West Service Hub has delivered childcare services to meet the needs of local communities across the area.  We provide a wide range of services from delivering a highly regarded EAL Advisory Service to a competitive Payroll Service.

Our training workshops cover everything related to the early years from back-to-basic courses such as Managing Your Ofsted Inspection to more focused training around promoting positive behaviour and voluntary management committee training for pre-schools.  A comprehensive list of all of our training can be found at Our Services/Workshops and Training.


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The EAL Advisory Service is funded by Somerset County Council's School's Forum, for children with English as an Additional Language and their families across Somerset. We provide advice and practical support for all early years providers across Somerset to develop inclusive...

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EAL - Resources

There are a number of resources available to support practitioners. We have updated and collated many of these below, including the “Supporting Children Learning English as an Additional Language in the Early Years” & “Quick Tips for Helping EAL Children”.

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Sowing & Growing Project

Sowing and Growing is an Alliance Family Learning project which is an informal and fun programme about developing and nurturing a 'happy,healthy lifestyle'.

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Alliance Connect Events - Autumn 2020

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.

Making the most of Digital Marketing - Wednesday 21 October @ 19:00 - Click here to book

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.
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Thursday 22nd October @ 10:00 - Click here to book

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. ·
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Monday 19th October @ 13:00 - Click here to book

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.

Thursday 15th October @ 15:30 - Click here to book

Let’s Talk Committees, AGM's 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 AGM's, working together, your responsibility and consider what is the new normal. FREE Top Tips Mini Guide for every attendee.

Thursday 22nd October @ 19:00 - Click here to book

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.

Tuesday 13th October @ 10:00 - Click here to book

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.

Wednesday 28th October @ 13:00 - Click here to book
Wednesday 28th October @ 11:30 - Click here to book
Wednesday 28th October @ 15:30 - Click here to book
Thursday 5th November @ 10:00 - Click here to book

Baby and Toddler Connect

We will be running FREE online Baby and Toddler Connect sessions that 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!

Enriching Babies Playtime

Enriching Babies Play – a Baby and Toddler Connect session inviting you to learn about how babies brains develop in the most crucial months, and discuss ways in which we can support the learning and development of babies through your play together.

12th October @ 11:00 - Click here to book

Communication

In this session we will look at the importance of communication and language to children's development and how as a baby and toddler group you can support this.

14th October @ 11:00 - Click here to book

Taking the Group Outside

Join us to discuss the benefits of outdoor play for our children and share with baby and toddlers’ leaders nationwide to see how they incorporate outdoors within their groups. We will discuss making the most of the space we have available, and suggestions to keep families busy throughout the seasons.

20th October @ 11:00 - Click here to book

Reduce, Re use, Recycle

To explore and discuss why it is important to reduce, re-use and recycle to discover ways to do this in our Baby and Toddler groups and at home and learn how to get young children to engage in the RRR’s through play.

27th October @11:00 - Click here to book

Bringing the Outdoors In

To explore and discuss how the outside world can be brought inside , discovering activities and ideas that will engage children and discuss how this supports their learning.

29th October @ 19:00 - Click here to book

 


Alliance Connect — the new name for our networking events

Alliance Connect events are an opportunity for members and non-members to meet, share ideas and connect with fellow early years practitioners.

They are informal events bringing together like-minded people who wish to share information and discuss changes/challenges.

Our events have workshop tasters, guest speakers and debate subjects of interest. 

Alliance Connects are a way of supporting local settings, sharing opinions and having your voice heard.

Light refreshments available at all Connects.

We are always happy to bring our team to your area - please contact us if you would like an event near you.

 

 

 

Workshops and Training

Training and workshops

Following on from the popularity of our Alliance Connect online networking events, having listened to your views, wants and needs, we have now developed a programme of Virtual Classrooms.

Delivered over two or three 90 minute sessions, these courses have been specifically designed to be delivered online and can be accessed from the safety and comfort of your own space, whether that be at home or in the workplace, giving you an interactive experience with other providers to share ideas and support you to effectively deliver your provision.

SPECIAL EARLY BIRD OFFER: 
get a 5% discount on all bookings made before the 31st of October

How long are the courses?
Courses comprise either two sessions of 90 minutes or three sessions of 90 minutes depending on the topic.

How much do they cost?
Two-session courses cost £35 for Alliance members or £50 for non-members.
Three-session courses cost £52.50 for Alliance members or £75 for non-members.

How do I book onto a course?
To book a session click the link in bold for more details.

Inspirational Leadership and Management  - Looks at how to motivate and inspire your staff to be outstanding .

Cultural Capital  - Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework requires you to develop children’s Cultural Capital - Learn what Cultural Capital looks like in an Early Years Setting.

Exploring the Educational Inspection Framework  - Are you worried about when Ofsted is due? Do you want to know how Ofsted will inspect registered early years settings?

Let's Talk the Learning walk  - Who is ready for the conversation with Ofsted? Want to find out more about ways you can showcase your provision?

Defining the Early Years Curriculum  - Do you want to gain a more detailed understanding of the early years curriculum? 

Exploring Emotional Intelligence Through Outdoor Play  - Do you understand emotional resilience? Do you want to enable children to risk take in a safe and secure way?

Domestic Abuse and Violence Awareness  - Gain a greater understanding of how to identify and support those who may be at risk of, and those who may witness domestic violence.

Promoting Positive Behaviour  - Are you confident you do all you can to support children’s positive behaviour? Do you need more information on supporting children who display more challenging behaviour?

Business Success in the Early Years  - Explore how leadership, the quality of the setting, effective marketing strategy and sound financial management systems are all essential pieces of a sustainability jigsaw.

Discovering and Developing Loose Parts Play  - Spark children's sense of wonder and joy by learning the best way to use the loose parts you have in your setting.

Promoting Communication and Language - Learn how to support all children in your setting to develop their speech and language skills. This workshop will support your setting to promote good communication and language development in young children.


Due to Covid-19 and the impact of lock-down, all our Alliance Connect events are now taking place online. We are also developing some bite-size CPD training sessions, more information about this will be coming out soon.  We want to ensure you still receive that important face to face support and advice from us at this difficult time.

You can find out more about planned online events happening locally over the coming weeks under Events here and also in our new monthly News Updates.

If you need more information please contact us by emailing southwest@eyalliance.org.uk

 

Hungry Little Minds

Welcome to Hungry Little Minds 
Improving early communication, language and literacy development is a key priority for the government and a cornerstone of building a country that works for everyone.

Some of the poorest children in the UK start school months behind their peers and the gap can grow through their school years. Children with poor vocabulary skills at age five may be up to twice as likely to be unemployed in their 30s.
In July 2018, the Department for Education (DfE) announced the government’s ambition to halve in ten years the proportion of children who finish reception year without the communication, language and literacy skills they need to thrive.
As part of this endeavour DfE has launched Hungry Little Minds – a new three-year campaign to encourage parents and carers to engage in activities that support their child’s early learning and help set them up for school and beyond

Hungry Little Minds has been designed to encourage parents and carers to chat, play and read more with their children.

We want to energise parents by making them see that ‘early learning’ is not a chore. Far from it, in fact: it takes little time, can happen anywhere and it can easily be interwoven with daily tasks. And ultimately, it is as rewarding for parents and carers as it is for their children.
All our communications are led by kids. We picture them in everyday settings – playing on the living room floor, sitting at the kitchen table or in a supermarket trolley – often seen from the adult’s point of view. And we see the thoughts in the kids’ heads in the form of think bubbles. These thoughts have humour, warmth, and charm, and they dramatise the eagerness of kids to interact, even when they are too young to speak, or even to understand a great deal.

Hungry Little Minds is a three-year campaign launched in July 2019 with advertising across a range of channels that included online adverts, social media adverts, paid-for search, and press advertising in national magazine titles, followed by a PR campaign.
While the advertising is targeted to reach disadvantaged parents, we need partners like you to help us reach as many parents and carers as possible. By working together, we will be able to build a network of national and local partners to co-create an environment where chat, play and read behaviours are encouraged.

Whether you are a commercial organisation, a public sector service or a voluntary organisation, you can help to make the campaign a success and give it longevity beyond the first three years.
 

Click here to find out more about the Hungry Little MInds campaign 

Click here to sign up to the Small Talk newsletter from the National Literacy Trust for information and activities 

Click here to view our latest Hungry Little Minds newsletter

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News and Events

Read our most recent newsletter here...

Each month we send out a newsletter with interesting national and local articles plus other information.
If you would like your setting to be featured, show off your best practice, share an initiative or good news, please do get in touch: southwest@eyalliance.org.uk

September Update
July/August Update
Hungry Little Minds Update - July
June Update
May Update
April Update
March Update


Local Authority Advice and Guidance - Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information 

Bath & North East Somerset Council
Bristol City Council
Cornwall Council
Council of the Isles of Scilly
Devon County Council
North Somerset Council
Plymouth City Council
Somerset County Council
Torbay Council


EAL Advisory Service - Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information 

Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 36 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice:

Available now: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Estonian, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Romanian, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

#COVIBOOK
Supporting and reassuring children around the world

Manuela Molina​ has created this short book to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding COVID-19. This book is a great tool for practitioners and families to use to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.
It is a printable resource and available in: English, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Egyptian Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Welsh.

https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

Mantra Lingua

Mantra Lingua are also trying to help families where the Home Language is not English. They have one of the largest library of dual language ebooks in the world. Currently, there are over 550 books and 38 languages. Each book is read aloud in English and the Home Language and are accessible by using a laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
Mantra Lingua are offering access to this library free of charge to EAL families until 31/08/20.
Click on the link below to register and start reading!

https://uk.mantralingua.com/homereading

Public Health England guidance is also being added regularly.
Currently available in Romanian and Urdu.

Click on Our Services / EAL Advisory Service.


Curious Confident Communicators

The Somerset Early Years Team hosted yet another successful conference for providers on Saturday 8th February .Over 80 early years practitioners from all different types of settings came together on a cold and blustery day to network and listen to exciting keynote speakers and attend workshops .

Greg Bottrill, author of the bestselling book “Can I Go And Play Now “ opened the conference following a welcome from Alison Jeffery, Early Years Lead and Primary Adviser.
Greg is a former Assistant Head and Early Years Lead of a large Devon primary school whose book has become an educational bestseller. Passionate about play and what he refers to as the ‘the magic of children’; he is committed to working with settings, schools and childminders to support them on their adventure into play. He is a great believer in the power of play as being transformative for both adults and children. Greg spoke about ‘how play is talk and talk is play’, why is play so critical to early language development and how can we maximise the opportunities for talk both in our settings and at home. More importantly, who is doing the talking?

 

Next, the delegates took part in workshops of their choice, including one from the Early Years Alliance, EAL Advisory Team about Early Communication and Bilingualism; we explored how children learn a language and the power of non-verbal communication for children who are either EAL or don’t communicate verbally for other reasons.

There were many opportunities for networking and gaining information from the many stands and displays. The Early Years Alliance team were kept busy answering questions, queries, and promoting the organisations work, including forthcoming training workshops and Alliance Connect events happening in the Service Hub. After lunch Jane Burchall, who is a very experienced Senior Ofsted Inspector for the South West Region talked about the impact of the new Education Inspection Framework which was very informative and dispelled some of the myths around the new framework. Theresa Johnson from PACEY also gave updates including information about "Together for 2s" and Laura Burrow director of Ta- Daa! closed the conference with some wonderful tips on storytelling and inspiring ideas for us to take home and close the day with!


Somerset EAL Advisory Team visit to Hinkley C  

On a cold and damp morning in December last year the Somerset EAL team set off for a fact finding tour of Hinkley Point C, the first of a new generation of nuclear power stations which is currently being built near our office in Somerset.  

The build has made national and local news over the last few years and is of particular interest to us because of the impact on the local area with the influx of migrant workers and families. There have been vast changes to the local infrastructure around Bridgwater and Taunton to meet the needs of this project, which has included new roads and schools. The major company involved with the construction is EDF, who are a French company. We noticed in 2015, there was a doubling of French children in Early Years settings in Somerset compared with the previous year, which we have put down to the early visits and research from French managers .We anticipate the numbers of EAL children will continue to rise in the next 5 years as more families join the workforce from overseas . 

Our morning began with an informative talk and film in the Visitor Centre, which gave many facts and figures about the project so far, and how it will progress in the next few years leading to it being able to produce energy in 2025. We also had a short safety talk and security checks before we could board a bus that took us on the 20-minute journey to the plant.  

There is already a “Hinkley A” and a “Hinkley B”, which are prominent landmarks in Somerset. Hinkley A is currently being de commissioned and Hinkley B will be decommissioned after 2025. 

We stayed on the coach and our driver Lesley took us all around the site while our guide pointed out all the things of interest as we went round .I was especially interested to see “Big Carl” which is a crane that arrived on site in sept 2019. It is the world’s largest crane and had to be brought to the site in sections and reassembled on site! It is 250 metres tall and can lift 5000 tonnes .It is being used to lift the pre-fabricated sections of concrete in place that will become the tunnels for the plant through which seawater will be drawn and turned into electricity. There are 4 “welfare centres” on site where staff can go to eat etc. It is estimated that approximately 29,000 eggs are used EACH MONTH to feed this workforce!! And they cook enough rashers of bacon each month to cover 5 miles!  The workforce on site will vary and fluctuate from year to year but it is estimated that over 25000 new jobs will be created and up to 1000 apprenticeships!

 

The company have had to consider the existing natural residents on site and make plans for their ongoing welfare, namely the bat and badger population! They have built a bat house on the edge of the site to encourage bats to nest there and have tried to encourage the badgers to move to a new sett! A large part of the site has been re developed with all the earth that has been removed, so no part of the previous landscape has been moved from site! The plan is to restore this area back to what it was like before they started digging, and restore footpaths etc.  

Overall, it was a very informative and fascinating trip, and we all felt that we had learnt a lot about our new neighbours and the work that is involved in building a new Nuclear Power station that will be part of our landscape for the future decades to come. The visits to the site are free (and highly recommended by us!) you just need to book in advance via the Hinkley Point Visitor Centre in Bridgwater. 

For further details see:  
https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/nuclear-new-build-projects/hinkley-point-c 


Isles of Scilly - Sowing and Growing

In June our family learning team visited the Isles of Scilly to deliver our sowing and growing project which we have been commissioned to deliver by European Structural and Investment Social Fund

IOS is a very deprived area of the UK.  Work is seasonal, wages are very low and the price of living is very high. Adults in employment frequently have 2 or 3 jobs which depends more often than not on the tourism industry. It is expensive to have supplies delivered to the islands and a freight charge is applied to all deliveries.  If the weather is bad, deliveries will stop and so the local shops suffer from lack of produce. During the storms in March 2019, online shopping to the island had stopped and the islanders had to rely on tinned food with very little access to fresh food. The islands can only be accessed by air and sea which is very expensive although there is a ‘frequent flyer’ membership for locals which does reduce the cost of flights.

Our key objectives in the Isles of Scilly (and on a broader scale within Cornwall) were:

  • To recognise at least three benefits of growing your own food (particularly pertinent in IOS)
  • To identify the five food groups in order to promote a balanced diet
  • To allow adults and children to have the opportunity to learn a new skill together by planting, preparing food and to share and enjoy related stories and craft.
  • To make participants aware of our sustainability policy and encourage them to consider their own practice, as part of the induction process.  Use e-learning tools for Project participants and staff where appropriate.
  • To encourage and educate around planting and cooking on a budget
  • To promote Inclusion, equality and equal opportunities throughout.
  • To deliver the Family Learning Project as funded by the European Social Fund in a wholly inclusive way.

Five Islands School

Review of Activities and Achievements

Our target within the IOS was to reach eligible families through workshop delivery.  These sessions were planned in conjunction with Bodmin Plant Nursery who advised on the best plants, fruits and vegetables to be planted on the Islands at this time of the year (June). Across the 3.5 days we delivered 4 workshops to the islanders and received some great feedback.

Testimonials:

Comments received from a participating grandparent included:

“Eats a lot more greens, spinach a favourite”

(Child) has always enjoyed helping in garden and kitchen, they like being outside”

 

Comments received from the school staff included:

“… parents have said how much they enjoyed your session”

“Another opportunity to encourage parents to come and work with their children…”

Parents have gained “Confidence in coming into school and working with their child. Opportunities to bring little ones in too”

“A parent told me that they enjoyed their pizza and made more at home on the weekend”


EAL Updates

The EAL team in Somerset are continuing to deliver their project to work with Early Years Providers to support EAL or bilingual children in their settings.

This term we have introduced a new element to this service by offering ‘Focus Work’ to individual settings. Sharon has worked with two settings in Taunton and Louise has worked with a setting in Yeovil and Langport. The work involves spending time in the setting for a specific amount of time (typically 1 session per week over a half term) and assessing the needs of the EAL children and providing activities and resources to support them. Feedback on this has been good from the settings and they have found it useful to have as EAL specialist on site for advice and support. This mirrors the work that our translation and interpretation partners Diversity Voice and DA languages provide. We have found each setting’s needs to be very individual which makes the work fascinating for us. Personally, we have loved the opportunity to spend time working directly with children and to use the resources such as the PenPal with dual language books and the Communication Boxes. These resources are available around the county and promote language development for all children which is EAL friendly and inclusive.  We have already got settings signed up for the next two half terms, but if you are a Somerset setting and would be interested please contact us.

We are always looking at ways of expanding our EAL work into other counties, so please contact us if this or any other aspects of our service sounds like something you would be interested in.

Eagle eyed readers amongst you might have noticed that we had an article published in the Under 5 magazine in April! To read it please click link here: https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/under-5-magazine-online-version

We hope to have similar articles published in other Early Years journals and publications in the coming months.


Bodmin Beacon – Sowing and Growing Sessions

Families from the Bodmin area have been enjoying various activities linked to “Sowing and Growing” - The Early Years Alliance, Family Learning – Routes to Improved Health and Well Being project. 

This is the third successful group to be run in the town. 

Taking part in the project gives adults and children the opportunity to come together and plant seeds, prepare food to share and enjoy related stories and craft activities.

This time around, families have sowed Chilli peppers and salad vegetables and made vegetable chilli and crudités and dips.  One parent said:  “I now regularly make all the recipes we have tried together on this course, at home” 

On the 21st March, the group went out and about and visited the Bodmin Plant Nursery and Garden Centre.  Owner s Linda and Mark Lawlor gave families a behind the scenes tour and the children learned about what plants need to thrive.  Afterwards there was time for everyone to get their hands dirty planting sunflower seeds.  The visit ended with some delicious cake and a drink in the café!

The project (part funded by the European Social Fund) will continue until December 2019.  “Sowing and Growing” aims to improve the health and well-being of families with children under 5 years of age throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  Sessions run in pre-schools, toddler groups and Family Hubs.

Many of the adults who have taken part have continued onto training with both the Early Years Alliance and other providers and some have progressed into volunteering and paid employment.

Feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive.  One parent commented:  “I have done a childcare course and paediatric first aid course.  I gained more confidence meeting new people and I am now working”


EAL Advisory Service News

The EAL Advisory Service in Somerset has had an extremely busy November!

We attended 5 events in 12 days which was quite an achievement. We attended the launch of a new Early Years Community model in Taunton, where we promoted all aspects of the work of the Alliance but particularly focussed on our training and development workshops. On Saturday 10th, without unloading the car, we attended a community event in Bridgwater celebrating 100 years of Polish independence. This was a really well attended event and a lovely opportunity to meet members of the Polish and Eastern European community. We showed them our popular EAL language flashcards that we use as a communication resource in Early Years settings and had them “proof read” for accuracy by Czech, Portuguese and Polish nationals! The highlight of the event for us was being invited to sample some Polish, Lithuanian and Hungarian food, which was very tasty.

Next, on Friday 15th, we packed up the car again, this time to go to a National Conference in Leeds. This was an event organised by NALDIC (National Association of Language Development In the Curriculum). Our focus this time, was to use the opening to network with other colleagues who work in the field of EAL, to promote the work that we do in Somerset and also to access CPD opportunities. The following Tuesday we attended a regional event organised by NALDIC in Bristol and we finished the month by attending and delivering EAL themed workshops at the Somerset Annual Early Years conference. We hope all these events will have promoted awareness of our work and generate interest amongst a wider audience.


Sowing & Growing Celebration Event 2018

Families from around Cornwall gathered to enjoy various activities linked to “Sowing and Growing” at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall recently.

The invited parents, carers and children had all taken part in an Alliance Family Learning – Routes to Improved Health and Well Being project earlier in the year.  This event was organised to celebrate their achievements.  Throughout the day, children enjoyed such activities as face painting, planting a “lasagne pot” with Bodmin nursery, pebble painting with Cornwall Community Re-Paint, and creating leaf rubbings with Little Eden and forest school activities with the Alliance.  They particularly enjoyed getting up close and personal to a burrowing owl called Peanut (who brought the Bird Lady of Fowey with him)!

Project coordinator, Dawn Lambert said that the event had been a great success: “We are so grateful to our colleagues from Eden, Egloskerry Pre-School, Reed, Adult Education, Bodmin Nursery and Garden Centre and The Bird lady of Fowey for making the day so memorable.”

The project (funded by the European Structural and Investment Fund) will continue until December 2019.  “Sowing and Growing” aims to improve the health and well-being of families with children under 5 years of age throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  Sessions run in pre-schools, toddler groups and Family Hubs and centre on a planting theme each week, coupled with stories, crafts and cooking.

Many of the adults who have taken part have continued onto training with other providers and some have acquired volunteering experience and work.

Feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive.  One parent commented:  “I have done a childcare course and paediatric first aid course.  I gained more confidence meeting new people and I am now working”

 

 

 

Payslip Service

Baby at computer

Enquire about our payslip serviceReduce the time and burden on your committee by using the Early Years Alliance Payslip and Pension Service.

This is a national service available to groups all over England and Wales; ideal for charitable organisations, pre-schools, village halls, afterschool/holiday clubs and many other community groups.

Click here for National Minimum Wage information.

Click here for Tax Threshold information.

We currently process the wages of over 190 groups - here are some recent testimonials: 

"This message is a belated thank you for running such an excellent payroll service for us over many years - your attention to detail was very much appreciated. All the best for the future."

"I would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to you all for all your kind help over the last two years - any queries I have are always dealt with most kindly and efficiently."

 

Childcare Provision

Painty hands

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

Here in the South West, the Service Hub manages two settings in Cornwall. For more information please visit the nurseries' websites.

Early Birds Nursery

Early Birds Nursery is an Alliance childcare provider located in the heart of  Bude, Cornwall.  We offer places for children ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years and were assessed as 'Good' by Ofsted in November 2017. Our passionate, friendly and well-qualified staff team provide high quality care and learning opportunities for children based on their individual needs and stages of learning. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively promote learning through the children's interests.

Contact the nursery on 01288 356943 or earlybirds.bude@eyalliance.org.uk

Egloskerry Nursery 

Egloskerry Nursery aims to deliver an early years care and education provision that encompasses Forest School and the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Enhanced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which looks to educate the heart and hands as well as the head.

Our unique eco-nursery and natural outdoor approach to learning  fosters an appreciation, respect and care for nature, which will then be deeply embedded in our lives.This nature-inspired unhurried approach allows children to develop a deep love of learning and a care for the environment, which will continue throughout their lives.

Sessions are child led, by enabling environments to suit individual leaning needs. By giving children the freedom to learn by following their own interests. .

The team are highly qualified, giving us the knowledge to facilitate individual lines of enquiry to support and extend play and learning, providing an approach that develops a community where collaborative learning takes place daily.

Contact the nursery on 01566 785684 or egloskerry@eyalliance.org.uk

 

EAL Advisory Service

 

The EAL Advisory Service is funded by Somerset County Council's School's Forum, for children with English as an Additional Language and their families across Somerset. We provide advice and practical support for all early years providers across Somerset to develop inclusive and effective early learning environments, and in particular, develop an effective communicative environment for all children.

It raises awareness of the importance of early identification of needs relating to EAL children and families and promotes effective partnerships with parents. We also develop and disseminate resources and training, as well as sharing best practice with the aims of improving outcomes for all EAL children and their families.

To contact the EAL Advisory Service call us on 01278 691719 or email eal.service@eyalliance.org.uk

Click here to access our Information Leaflet


Interpretation Services

If you require the support of an interpreter to come to your setting to support in meeting with families and carers, health visitors or give an insight into the child’s development in their home language for example then this is also a commissioned service, with the same service providers. DA Languages is for all Languages. Diversity Voice is for Polish only.

DA Languages Ltd

Please email DA Languages who will respond with an invitation to create a profile with DA Link their online booking system. Once you have created your profile, you can make multiple and repeat bookings. It is a simple system, however if you need guidance please refer to the documents below, or just call the Early Years Alliance on 01278 691719.

Booking Co-ordinator: Megan or Gina somerset@dalanguages.co.uk 0161 928 2533 ext 231

DA Languages Booking Form Guidance

DA Link - Quick Client Guide

Diversity Voice

Please call or email Diversity Voice to make a booking for all your Polish interpretation or translation needs.
Diversity Voice 03000 750105 admin@diversityvoice.com

Diversity Voice Information

Language Identification Chart


Translated Documents

With an ever increasing population in Somerset of families who have English as an Additional Language we are seeing a rise in the need for documents commonly used in Early Years settings to be translated into a variety of languages to meet the parent’s needs.
We have a stock of translated documents, so please look here first. If what you are looking for is not here, contact them directly with your specific needs, but if it is a common need that many settings have requested, please also contact us at the EAL Advisory Service so that we can monitor requests and ensure the best use of resources available.

Coronavirus Advice from Public Health England

English
Romanian
Urdu

Keep Talking - Children Learning English as a Second Language

Bulgarian                                                           Chinese - Traditional                                         

Chinese - Simplified                                          Dutch                                                                 

English                                                              Estonian                                                            

Filipino                                                               French                                                              

German                                                             Hindi

Hungarian                                                         Italian                                                               

Latvian                                                              Lithuanian                                                         

Polish                                                               Portuguese                                                       

Romanian                                                         Russian                                                             

Slovak                                                               Spanish                                                           

Tagalog                                                             Thai                                                                   

Ukranian

Gathering Information from Parents

Chinese                                                             Chinese (traditional)

English                                                               Estonian

Latvian                                                               Polish

Portuguese                                                         Russian

Tagalog                                                              Turkish                                                        

Ukranian                                                            Vanavil

ECAT - Child Monitoring Tool

Hindi                                                                  Lithuanian  

Hungarian                                                         Mandarin

Polish                                                                Portuguese                                                                                                                                    

Punjabi                                                              Romanian

Russian                                                             Slovak                                                          

Turkish

The Personal Child Health Record (red book)

Bulgarian                                                            English

Filipino                                                                French

German                                                              Hungarian

Italian                                                                 Lithuanian

Malayalam                                                         Mandarin

Polish                                                                 Portuguese

Russian                                                              Spanish

Thai                                                                    Turkish

Funding for 2 Year Olds - Information

English                                                               Polish

Funding for 2 Year Olds - Application Form

English                                                              Polish

Parents Guide to EYFS

Polish

Parent Version ECAT

Polish

Children's Personal Pathways

Bengali

Polish - version 3

Turkish


Stepping Up To School Transition Videos

The EAL Advisory Service was commissioned by Somerset County Council to produce a short video which will help and guide parents and families with EAL children through the transition period of moving up to primary school.

This video has been produced in English and is available subtitled with the following languages; Bulgarian, Chinese, Filipino, French, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish.

Click on the following YouTube links to view the videos:

English - Stepping Up to School

Bulgarian - Започване на училище

Chinese - 支持儿童首次上学的服务

Filipino - Paglipat sa Paaralan

French - L’entrée à l’école

German - Vorbereitung für die Schule

Hungarian - Az Iskola Elkezdése

Lithuanian - Pasiruošimas Mokyklai

Malayalam - സ്കുളിലേക്കുള്ള കരകയറ്റം

Polish - Czas Zacząć Szkołę

Portuguese - Avançar para a Escola

Romanian - Tranziția Către Scoală

Russian - Переход в школу

Spanish - Empezando el Colegio

Thai - การก้าวสู่โรงเรียน

Turkish - Okul Hayatina Adim Atmak


Welcome to Somerset Videos

We were also commissioned to create a short video aimed at parents, giving brief information about childcare options in Somerset. This has been recorded in English and 10 other languages: Bulgarian, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. To accompany this there is a pack of information that providers will find useful when trying to gather and share information with parents and carers who may speak little English. This is also available in the same range of languages on the 'Resources' tab.

Click the links to view the videos in YouTube:

English - Welcome to Somerset

Bulgarian - Добре дошли в Съмърсет

French - Bienvenue à Somerset

German - Willkommen in Somerset

Italian - Benvenuto nel Somerset

Lithuanian - Sveiki atvykę į Somersetą

Mandarin - Welcome to Somerset

Polish - Witamy w Somerset

Portuguese - Bem-vindo a Somerset

Russian - Добро пожаловать в Сомерсет

Spanish - Bienvenido a Somerset

EAL - Resources

There are a number of resources available to support practitioners. We have updated and collated many of these below, including the “Supporting Children Learning English as an Additional Language in the Early Years” & “Quick Tips for Helping EAL Children”.

This page will be updated regularly as and when new resources are available or updated.

Practitioner Support

Advice Leaflet for EY EAL

Action Plan

EAL Support Visit Evaluation Form

Termly Review

Quick Tips for Helping EAL Children

EAL Transition Checklist

A Unique Child Personal Communication

Home Communication Profile

Stages of Early Bilingual Learning

Supporting Children with English as a Second Language

Racial Harrassment Leaflet for Parents

Racial Incident Recording Sheet

Key Issues for 2 Year Olds Learning English as a Second Language

Environmental Audits

Environmental Checklist

EYSTC Environmental Audit

EY Communication Friendly Audit 

EAL Toolkit

The EAL toolkit was designed and produced by the Somerset EAL Advisory Service in 2017. 
It was launched at various events around the county to providers, including provider evenings, cluster meetings and conferences.
The pack is a useful resource to give guidance and support to Early Years practitioners when considering how best to support
EAL children in their setting, including Environmental Audits and SEND comparison flow charts.
Hard copies of this resource are very limited; so to obtain a copy contact one of your Early Years Community Leads who may have some.
Providers in Somerset can obtain a link to a digital copy by contacting our office on 01278 691719 or southwest@eyalliance.org.uk

 

 

EAL Flashcard Keyrings

Each keyring contains a set of 20 words in English, the other language, the pronunciation and a descriptive picture.
The words include: hello, goodbye, please, thank you, yes, no, mummy, daddy, fruit, water, milk, hungry, toilet,
play inside, play outside, help, good, sorry, sad and tired.

To order a set download the booking form and send to southwest@eyalliance.org.uk
 

 

 

Welcome to Somerset

To accompany the Welcome to Somerset videos there is a pack of information that providers will find useful when trying to gather and share information with parents and carers who may speak little English. These documents are also available in the following languages on request: Bulgarian, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian & Spanish.

Welcome to Somerset - English

Know How Guide - 2 year Old Check 

EYFS - A Parent's Guide

Racial Incident Recording Sheet

Useful Links

http://www.interfaith-calendar.org/2018.htm

https://warringtonlscb.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Polish-Festivals-and-Traditions.pdf

 

Sowing & Growing Project

Sowing and Growing is an Alliance Family Learning project which is an informal and fun programme about developing and nurturing a 'happy,healthy lifestyle'.

We are able to offer your setting an introductory workshop, providing your families with the opportunity to develop their confidence around growing and cooking their own foods?  This would be ideally placed within an existing Stay and Play session if you have one, or as an additional session if not.

The idea of Family Learning is for parents and carers to enjoy learning alongside their children.  Run over 5 to 6 weeks within your setting and delivered by our Family Learning team, we share stories, sow seeds and plants, prepare snacks and quick meals and provide a related craft activity.  We modify the course according to the growing seasons.  In this way it could complement your termly planning.

Sowing and Growing is funded by European Structural & Investment Fund and is therefore FREE to individuals who are currently unemployed or economically inactive.

Funded by the European Structural & Investment Fund 

 

Commission Us

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is a society where every child enjoys the opportunity to learn through play. We believe families should be at the centre of policy-making and empowered to become fully involved with their child's learning and development.  We are here to support early year’s providers in delivering high quality, affordable and sustainable care and learning to families, and to ensure that all children, regardless of background, are given the best possible start in life.

We work in partnership with other agencies and Alliance members to:

The outlined specific services below are just some of the ways that we can help you benefit the children and families of your community and project in the South West but we have expertise across England that we are able to utilise anywhere in the country.  Using the skills and knowledge developed through delivery in a specific area we can adapt and share best practice across all of our development services, such as:

Please give us a call to discuss your specific needs to see if can help achieve your aim!

Contact Juliette Moran - Service Manager South West

07849 093513   juliette.moran@eyalliance.org.uk

 

Specific services we offer

 

Contact Us

Juliette Moran

Service Manager for the South West Service Hub, Juliette Moran, can be contacted directly by email juliette.moran@eyalliance.org.uk or by telephone on 07849 093513


Our teams operate across two offices:

Devon office                                                          

Palace Gate Centre
3 Palace Gate
Exeter
EX1 1JA

Tel: 01392 435464

Staff based at the Devon office:

Nicci Hooper - Payroll Manager

Alison Smallacombe - Finance Officer & Payroll Administrator

Jeanne Cook - Payroll Administrator    

    


Somerset office                                                     

The Old School
School Road
Westonzoyland
Bridgwater
TA7 0LN

Tel: 01278 691719    

Staff based at the Somerset office: 

Sharon Bond - Lead EAL Advisor

  

Louise Campbell White - EAL Advisor    

Emma Perry - Service Administrator  

                                                                                                              

 

Childcare

South West Service Hub
Palace Gate Centre
3 Palace Gate
Exeter
Devon
EX1 1JA
United Kingdom
Tel: 01392 435464