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We offer many exciting ways to train with the Alliance.

Whether you're just starting out or you're a professional looking to refresh or enhance your knowledge and skills, we offer a range of high quality courses face-to-face or online.

Early years qualifications 

The Alliance has been a trusted provider of high-quality early years and childcare qualifications for over 30 years. We deliver training on all aspects of early years provision including regulatory requirements, best practice, preparation for inspection. We offer professional development workshops through to full and relevant level 3 qualifications and Apprenticeships.


The Alliance offers the Level 2 Early Years Practitioner and Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standards. Apprenticeship training programmes are delivered within the workplace through a blend of online learning and face to face assessment visits.


Alliance members get access to more than 30 FREE access to valuable, distance-learning courses every year for you and your team* including early years workers and assistants, pre-school leaders, nursery assistants and cooks. And many of our EduCare courses are now endorsed by the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE). CACHE is the UK's leading provider of vocational qualifications for the care and education sectors. 

Online training and networking

We know that Continuous Professional Development (CPD) plays a vital role in motivating and inspiring reflective early years practice, enhancing learning opportunities for children and helping to deliver positive Ofsted inspection outcomes. That’s why we are so passionate about delivering online training and networking opportunities that are affordable, flexible and fun through our popular Virtual Classrooms, Spotlights and Connect sessions:

  • Alliance Virtual Classrooms are online training sessions for early years professionals, with prices starting at just £23 per person for members and £33 for non-members for a two-hour session.
  • Alliance Spotlights are bite-size CPD sessions that offer a unique deep-dive into key aspects of early years topics. Each one-hour session is just £12 for members and £24 for non-members.
  • Alliance Insights are virtual training and networking sessions. Each one-hour session starts from £12 for members and £24 for non-members.
  • Alliance Connects, our popular online networking sessions, are free to attend. 

Download our latest training calendar here.

Bespoke training for your team

If you and your team can't make the scheduled Virtual Classroom or Spotlight sessions, we can deliver all our Virtual Classrooms sessions exclusively to your whole staff team at a date and time of your choosing.


From time to time we offer free webinars hosted by our own early years experts on matters of sector-wide interest such as updates to legislation or changes to the EYFS. Participants view a live presentation and have the opportunity to submit questions and contribute to discussion.

Certified blended Paediatric first aid training

Working in partnership with St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid training provider, the Early Years Alliance is delighted to offer this innovative two-day blended course which covers emergency situations that can happen while looking after young children and babies. Alliance members get a 20% discount off the course price.


 Whether you can offer a lot of time or just a couple of hours a week, we've got plenty of opportunities. Work in an early years settings, offer support with fun outings or organise fundraising activities. Or take-up a more formal role such as treasurer or trustee on a committee. 


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