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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.

Free online sessions!

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 the Alliance Connect page (Under Our Service tab) to find the links and register for the above sessions!


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.


Hungry Little Minds

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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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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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

 

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Workshops and Training

Training and workshops

Workshops and training courses in South West England — important update

Because of the national lockdown due to Covid-19, training and Alliance Connect events will not be taking place for the forseeable future.

We are currently exploring options of delivering our workshops through online training and if our initial trial is successful, we will be sending out more information to you through our newsletters and on our website.

If you would like more information, please email us to register your interest: southwest@eyalliance.org.uk

Thank you for your understanding and please be assured we are doing all we can to keep you connected locally.


Workshops

A place on a 3 hour workshop will cost £35 for Alliance members and £50 for non members.
Settings in Devon and Cornwall can access workshops for £20 for Alliance members and £35 for non members due to having ring fenced funds in place to support these providers.
Information on upcoming workshops will be published shortly.

For more information email southwest@eyalliance.org.uk or call 01278 691719.


In-house Training

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 - 01278 691719 southwest@eyalliance.org.uk

Download a booking form for inhouse training.


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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 email southwest@eyalliance.org.uk or call 01278 691719.


First Aid

Paediatric first aid is designed for anyone wanting to become qualified in administering first aid to children and infants. For the purpose of child carers within England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this qualification will fulfil requirements the under the statutory framework for the Early Year’s Foundation Stage issued by the Department for Education and Skills.

This course is ideal for anyone who works with or comes into contact with infants and children in their working or voluntary roles. This course is also ideal for parents and families with young children.

This qualification consists of two units:

1. Emergency Paediatric First Aid

2. Managing Paediatric Illness, Injuries and Emergencies

Check back here for new dates!


Childcare Qualifications

If you are a childminding professional, childcare practitioner or someone looking to advance your employability in the early years sector, we offer a range of childcare 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 also receive regular discounts on courses.

Find out more about the qualification courses we offer 

 

 

 

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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:

  • Connecting you with other providers
  • Sharing concerns and key questions
  • Sharing practice
  • Supporting each other
  • Looking ahead

Click on the link below to register for the session you would like to attend:
Monday 18th May @ 10:00  Supporting Practitioners, Children and Families to Return to Your Setting - Click here to register
Monday 18th May @ 16:00  Supporting Practitioners, Children and Families to Return to Your Setting - Click here to register
Tuesday 19th May @ 18:00  Lets Talk Home Based Childcare (or childminding) - Click here to register
Wednesday 20th May @ 13:00  Preparing Your Premises and the Early Years Environment - Click here to register
Wednesday 20th May @ 15:00  Preparing Your Premises and the Early Years Environment - Click here to register
Tuesday 26th May @ 11:00  Preparing Your Premises and the Early Years Environment - Click here to register
Thursday 28th May @ 13:00  Preparing Your Premises and the Early Years Environment - Click here to register
Tuesday 2nd June @ 10:00  Meeting the Needs of Children From Day One - Click here to register
Tuesday 2nd June @ 14:00  Meeting the Needs of Children From Day One - Click here to register
Thursday 4th June @ 12:30  Meeting the Needs of Children From Day One - Click here to register
Thursday 4th June @ 15:00  Meeting the Needs of Children From Day One - Click here to register
Monday 8th June @ 10:00  Ofsted related discussion with Melanie Pilcher Policy and Standards Manager - Click here to register
Monday 8th June @ 14:00  Ofsted related discussion with Melanie Pilcher Policy and Standards Manager - Click here to register
Wednesday 10th June @ 12:30  Ofsted related discussion with Melanie Pilcher Policy and Standards Manager - Click here to register
Wednesday 10th June @ 15:00  Ofsted related discussion with Melanie Pilcher Policy and Standards Manager - Click here to register


Check out our Early Years Alliance YouTube channel for webinars, sector videos as well as the wonderful story sack sessions below. Subscribe to ensure you don't miss any!

Early Years Alliance Story Sack Sessions - Dear Zoo

Kaylee from the Early Years Alliance is excited to receive the animals from the zoo! Can you name all of the animals?

Early Years Alliance Story Sack Sessions - Easter Rhyme Time

It's Easter Rhyme Time! Steph from the Early Years Alliance has some fun rhymes and songs for pre-schoolers complete with counting, actions and lots of props!

Early Years Alliance Story Sack Sessions - Easter Rhyme Time

It's Easter Rhyme Time! Steph from the Early Years Alliance has some fun rhymes and songs for pre-schoolers complete with counting, actions and lots of props!

Early Years Alliance Story Sack Sessions - Spring Rhyme Time

Steph from the Early Years Alliance has some Spring-inspired songs, rhymes and activities in her Spring Rhyme Time family session.

Early Years Alliance Story Sack Session - Down on the Farm Rhyme Time

Steph from the Early Years Alliance has some farm-themed fun for your family - songs, rhymes and a tray full of textures - all designed to get your little ones making noises and sounds!

Early Years Alliance Story Sack Sessions - Dinosaur Roar

Kaylee from the Early Years Alliance has stories, songs and rhymes all about dinosaurs - RAAAAHHH!

Early Years Alliance Story Sack Sessions - Teddy Bears Picnic Rhyme Time

Join Natalie from the Early Years Alliance on her teddy bear picnic, with rhymes and singing. What will we find in the woods today? You will be in for a surprise! Have your teddy bear ready to join in at home.

Early Years Alliance Story Sack Sessions - Bird Watch Rhyme Time

Join Kaylee from the Early Years Alliance in her Bird Watch Rhyme Time session! Can you hear that tweet tweet? It's time to do some bird watching! Look for some birds in your garden, can you find out their names?

Early Years Alliance Story Sack Sessions - Postman Bear

Kaylee from the Early Years Alliance is celebrating someone's birthday - can you count 1, 2, 3? Don’t forget your party hat!


Alliance Connect meetings are an opportunity for providers to meet, network, share ideas and connect with fellow early years professionals. It is your chance to have your views heard and any concerns you have shared right up to government level. Feedback from these events is shared with Neil Leitch, our Chief Executive, who regularly meets with government ministers to help shape national policy.

All early years providers are welcome at our Alliance Connect meetings - member or not! Just remember to bring your questions and ideas for future Alliance Connect events.

 

Support for Members

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.

 

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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

May Update
April Update
March Update


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

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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

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                                                              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:

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 

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 

 

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