The 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 Sowing and Growing Family Learning Project. We also offer 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/Training & Learning.

 

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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. 

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Commission Us

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is a society where every child enjoys the...

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Membership Services

Support for Members

The South West Service Hub supports Alliance member settings from Cornwall up to Bristol and Bath including pre-schools, nurseries, toddler groups, childminders and individuals.

We have been providing high quality...

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News and Events

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 ‘...

Read more

Training & Qualification Courses

We have now delivered our final workshop for this term and we are busy planning our training offer for...

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Payslip & Pension Service

Reduce 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...

Read more

Childcare Provision

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...

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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...

Read more

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...

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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'.

We are able to offer your setting an introductory workshop, providing your families with the opportunity to develop their...

Read more

Contact Us

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. 

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Our teams operate across three offices:

Cornwall office                                                      

Bree Shute Court

Bree Shute Lane

Bodmin

PL31 2JH

Tel: 01208 269512

Staff based at the Cornwall office

Dawn Lambert - Family Learning Project Coordinator        

                                                                                                              

                                                                               

 

 

Pam Fikri - Family Learning Outreach Worker

 

Devon office                                                          

Palace Gate Centre                                                                                                                                                                                                   

3 Palace Gate                                                                                                                                                                      

Exeter                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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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                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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Tel: 01278 691719    

Staff based at the Somerset office: 

Sharon Bond - Lead EAL Advisor

  

Louise Campbell White - EAL Advisor    

Emma Perry - Service Administrator  

                                                                                                              

 

 

 

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

 

Membership Services

Support for Members

The South West Service Hub supports Alliance member settings from Cornwall up to Bristol and Bath including pre-schools, nurseries, toddler groups, childminders and individuals.

We have been providing high quality support and advice to providers of early years education and childcare for more than 50 years.

We offer practical early years advice and support including:

For enquiries about any of these services, please contact southwest@eyalliance.org.uk

Our national Information Service team can also answer questions, give advice and generally offer expert support for member settings. The team is available 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, and you can contact them directly by phone on 0207 697 2595 or by email at info@eyalliance.org.uk (members also have access to the 24 hour legal helpline Law-call for specific legal questions).

Our members can also visit the members' area on the website to access free resources on a wide range of early years issues and common questions - our free mini-guides on a range of topics are really popular for this and are all located in the members' area.

Our special partnership with EduCare, the award-winning CPD-training provider, also gives Alliance members FREE access to valuable, distance-learning courses every year.

News and Events

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”

If your setting is interested in hosting a future course please contact Dawn on 01208 269512.


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”

If your setting is interested in hosting a future course please contact Dawn Lambert on 01208 269512.

 

 

Training & Qualification Courses

We have now delivered our final workshop for this term and we are busy planning our training offer for the Autumn Term, look out for the new Training Brochure which will be available soon.

A place on a 3 hour workshop will cost £35 for Alliance members and £50 for non members.

Alliance members in Devon can access workshops for £20 due to having ring fenced funds in place to support these providers.

If you would like to book onto a workshop please use this booking form or if you have any questions call 01278 691719 or email southwest@eyalliance.org.uk

We are pleased to be able to offer a wide variety of workshops aimed at early years practitioners and charity trustees. We can also provide bespoke training for your staff team/childminder cluster. Prices start at £210 for Alliance members and £280 for non members for a 3 hour workshop. Please contact us for more information or to discuss the needs of your setting and staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payslip & Pension Service

Reduce 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 to download an Information Pack. 

Click here for National Minimum Wage information.

Click here for Tax Threshold information.

Contact Nicci Hooper, Payroll Manager, on 01392 438977 or email devon.payroll@eyalliance.org.uk for any further 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

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

The Alliance directly manages 80 childcare services across England. Visit the Find Childcare page on the Alliance website and enter your postcode or town to find the nearest nurseries to you. Here in the South West the Service Hub manages two settings in Cornwall. For more information click on the links to view their websites.

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


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 and demand for documents commonly used in Early Years settings to be translated into a variety of languages to meet the parent’s needs.

This page of our website will be an invaluable source of documents already translated that can be used in your early years setting.

DA Languages Ltd and Diversity Voice (details below) have also been commissioned by Somerset County Council to provide an individual and bespoke free translating service to Early Years providers across Somerset. We work closely with DA Languages Ltd and Diversity Voice to produce documents that have been requested or are needed. You may 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.

DA Languages Ltd Booking co‑ordinator:

Natalie Joseph somerset@dalanguages.co.uk 0161 928 2533 ext 214

DA Languages Booking Form Guidance

DA Link - Quick Client Guide

 

Diversity Voice 03000 750105 admin@diversityvoice.com

Diversity Voice Information

Language Identification Chart

Keep Talking - Children Learning English as a Second Language

Arabic                                                               Bengali                                                               

Bulgarian                                                          Chinese                                                              

Chinese (traditional)                                         Dutch

English                                                              Estonian

Filipino                                                              French                                                                

Hindi                                                                 Hungarian                                                          

Italian                                                                Latvian                                                               

Malayalam                                                        Polish                                                                 

Portuguese                                                       Romanian                                                          

Russian                                                             Slovak

Spanish                                                             Tagalog

Thai                                                                   Ukranian

Vanavil

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                                                               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


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:

Welcome to Somerset - English

Welcome to Somerset - Bulgarian

Welcome to Somerset - French

Welcome to Somerset - German

Welcome to Somerset - Italian

Welcome to Somerset - Lithuanian

Welcome to Somerset - Mandarin

Welcome to Somerset - Polish

Welcome to Somerset - Portuguese

Welcome to Somerset - Russian

Welcome to Somerset - Spanish

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

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.

If you are interested and would like to know more about the project, please contact Dawn Lambert (Project Co-ordinator) on 01208 269512 or dawn.lambert@eyalliance.org.uk

 

Funded by the European Structural & Investment Fund 

 

Childcare

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