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Case study: From unqualified assistant to Level 3 practitioner

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Daisy started her Early Years career after applying to be an unqualified assistant. She was subsequently taken on for 40 hours per week in a full-time role. Then three months into her new job, she was asked to study for a Level 3 apprenticeship...Read more

Safeguarding: Changes to the Children and Social Work Act 2017

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The Children and Social Work Act received royal assent in April 2017 and will be implemented in 2018-2019. Current Local Children’s Safeguarding Boards will be abolished and a revised model implemented....Read more

Update of EYFS

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In March 2017 the DfE published a revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework – the third revision to the original 2008 edition. The revised EYFS (DfE 2017) incorporates new legislation and statutory guidance introduced since...Read more

Department of Education Workforce Strategy

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In March the DfE published the Early Years Workforce Strategy. The main focus of attention has been on the decision to amend the current regulatory requirement that anyone holding the Early Years Educator qualification must also hold GCSE Maths...Read more

Childcare Expo

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Discount for Alliance members at ChildcareExpo

Members of the Alliance can access an exclusive 20% discount when booking to attend the Meeting the Early Years Workforce Challenges seminar at ...Read more

Business Apprenticeship: Chel'c West

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Chel’c started her apprenticeship in October 2016.Read more

Webinar on importance of early years physical activity

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In this webinar Michael Freeston, Director of Quality Improvement and Melanie Pilcher, Quality and Standards Manager will reflect on the improvements to outdoor learning made across the early years in recent years. They will also consider...Read more

Smarter training - Professional development with the Alliance

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With so many changes in the sector, training and professional development is more important than ever. Michael Freeston, director of quality improvement at the Alliance, introduces a new solution: SMARTpd.
 

Apprenticeship success factors

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Ellie Lloyd, an apprentice with the Pre-school Learning Alliance, recently won NMT magazine’s Nursery Apprentice Award 2016. In this article, Velda Bartholomew, Operational Training Manager at the Alliance, reflects on the key factors which...Read more

Providing First Aid training

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In response to the recent changes introduced regarding paediatric first aid, the Alliance has produced a guidance document explaining the requirements and how to evidence first aid activity in the setting entitled the First Aid Management...Read more

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