Strong Early Years London

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The Alliance is working with the Mayor of London and Ceeda to offer business support to London's early years providers through an initiative called Strong Early Years London.

In June 2021, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced he will invest £150,000 in the programme to help support London’s under pressure nurseries and childminders - recognising that London's early years sector is essential in preparing children for school, reducing the inequality gap and helping parents and carers return to work.

Strong Early Years London will be delivered in partnership with the Alliance and Ceeda to provide London’s nurseries and childminders with a sector-specific one-stop-shop on the London Business Hub. 

It comes after research published by the Mayor earlier in 2021 found that early years providers across the capital will struggle to survive the year.

The report found that 64 per cent of nurseries and 56 per cent of childminders consider their services to be at immediate risk of closure or to be facing potential closure in the next 12 months – with those in disadvantaged areas more likely to class themselves as ‘struggling’. 

Have your say on early years trends and challenges in London

As part of Strong Early Years London's work, independent research agency Ceeda is carrying out short quarterly surveys to help guide the programme and give London providers up to date insights on local sector trends as we emerge from the pandemic.  
If you own or manage a day nursery, pre-school or childminding provision in London, please do take part by clicking the link below. The survey will take around 7 minutes to complete and all information you provide is reported anonymously.  

Complete the survey

Upcoming events

Business Connect – Staff Wellbeing

The Early Years Alliance is working with Anna Golawski of Stratus Coaching to raise awareness of mental health and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. This first session in our series of free interactive workshops will be covering an Introduction to Mental Health and how we can look after ourselves.

We will look at:

What is mental health?
Stigma and discrimination
What affects our mental health?
What are the common signs and symptoms to look out for if someone is struggling?
5 Ways to Wellbeing

July 29 - 7.45am-8.45am

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Business Connect: Exploring the EYFS - What Childminders Need To Know

During this Business Connect we will be taking a closer look at the changes to the EYFS due to come into force from September 2021. We will begin the session by highlighting some of the key messages from Ofsted’s latest Annual report and other recent sector news that childminders need to be aware of before turning our attention to the new EYFS.

Join us for an informative discussion about how specific changes to the EYFS framework affect childminders and what you need to know to prepare for September. Ask questions and share your experiences as we consider how childminders can approach September with confidence.

Aug 2 - 06:30pm

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Business Connect: Introduction to a Business Healthcheck

Early Years care and business can be a balancing act. Join this Business Connect event to focus on achieving that balance and discuss with others the challenges it brings.

In this session we will explore key headings of a Health Check and help you to make judgements on what you are doing well, where changes could be made and that you are meeting requirements.

Join other childcare professionals, take part in a focused discussion and share your experiences and ideas.

Aug 19, 2021 01:30pm

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