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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 on our Training or Alliance Connect pages under the Our Services tab above, or also in our new monthly News Updates.

 


Submit your view to the Spending Review

The Comprehensive Spending Review is a large-scale review of government spending which takes places every three years.  The next Spending Review is due to take place in autumn 2020 and is an opportunity to ensure that the early years receives the financial support it needs to remain sustainable over the coming years.  The Treasury is currently accepting written submissions, or ‘representations’, from individuals, businesses and organisations on what its spending priorities should be over the next three years.

In response, the Alliance has developed a guide to submitting a representation to support early years providers who wish to do so.  The deadline for submissions is 24 September 2020

To find out more and submit your representations, please visit https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/submit-your-view-spending-review

 


woman working at computerVirtual Classrooms

As we continue to adapt to the current situation we are always looking for new ways of working - just like you are. On the back of the success of the online networking sessions we have further developed our digital offer to include new workshops which we deliver through Zoom via our 'virtual classroom'.  

Our virtual classroom offers a flexible approach to learning and has been designed for people working in the early years to ensure providers, staff and volunteers have access to training.

The virtual classrooms can be accessed via, smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop.

How long are the courses?

Courses comprise either two sessions of 90 minutes or three sessions of 90 minutes depending on the topic.

How much do they cost?

Two-session courses cost £35 for Alliance members or £50 for non-members.

Three-session courses cost £52.50 for Alliance members or £75 for non-members.

How do I book onto a course?

To book a session click the link in bold showing the date and time.

!! Early Bird offer !!

Anyone who books onto any of the Virtual Classroom courses by the end of September will get a 5% discount.

 

 

Let’s talk about change

Concerned about returning to the setting? Looking to re-settle children and staff in a safe and secure way?

This online course will:

  • Discuss the importance of restabilising starting points
  • How best to support the emotions of children and parents
  • Take a closer look at how you can make the most of the home learning experience
  • Reaffirm the key person approach to re-settling children.

The course is suitable for:

  • All practitioners working with young children.

Date and time: 29 and 30 September 1pm – 2.30pm

 

 

Inspirational leadership and management

Want to inspire your staff to be outstanding? Is motivating colleagues important to you?

In this online workshop we will:

  • Discuss inspirational leadership of your early years team
  • Consider the difference between managers and leaders, taking a closer look at the characteristics of an effective leader
  • Discuss and be aware of the Leadership and Management requirements in the latest Education Inspection Framework (EIF) to support you in leading and inspiring an outstanding early years’ setting.

This course is suitable for:

  • Leaders
  • Managers
  • Room leaders

Date and time: 19 and 20 October 10am – 11.30am

 

 

Cultural capital

Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework requires you to develop children’s Cultural Capital – but what does this mean?

In this course you will:

  • Learn what ‘Cultural Capital’ is and what it looks like in an Early Years setting.
  • Develop ways to use your practice to recognise and enhance children’s Cultural Capital
  • Discuss how parent partnership is vital when extending Cultural Capital
  • Look at where Cultural Capital already sits in good quality Early Years provision and in the EYFS curriculum.

This course is suitable for:

  • Managers
  • Room leaders
  • Early years practitioners
  • Childminders

Date and time: 21 and 22 October at 1pm – 2.30pm

 

 

Exploring the Education Inspection Framework 

Are you worried about when Ofsted is due? Do you want to know how Ofsted will inspect registered early years settings?

Inspectors will be looking at what the EYFS curriculum is like and how it is taught in your setting, they will be spending more time in the room “having those professional conversations with leaders and practitioners" and looking for an increased emphasis on vocabulary and books.

This online workshop will:

  • Explore Ofsted's Education Inspection Framework
  • Examine the key changes

The course is suitable for:

  • Managers
  • Voluntary management committee members / trustees
  • Owners

Date and time: 21 and 23 October 10am – 11.30am

 

 

Let’s talk about the Learning Walk

Who is ready for the conversation with Ofsted? Want to find out more about ways you can showcase your provision?

Join us for this interactive online workshop where we will:

  • Explore the focus of the Education Inspection Framework
  • Define the learning walk, and talk through what needs to be included
  • Look at ways to be ready for professional discussions as a team
  • Break down how we can support colleagues to be able to talk with confidence about the children and provision they know well.

Suitable for:

  • Managers
  • Early Years Practitioners
  • Childminders
  • Apprentices and trainees

Date and time: 2 and 3 November 2pm – 3.30pm

 

 

Defining the early years curriculum

Do you want to gain a more detailed understanding of the early years curriculum? 

This online course is designed:

  • To define and discuss the term curriculum
  • To explore the intent, implementation and impact of the early years' curriculum
  • To recognise how the curriculum is planned and sequenced
  • To consider how and why we should monitor the effectiveness of the curriculum.
  • To discuss ‘in the moment planning’ and how it supports the unique child.

Suitable for:

  • All practitioner working in early years

Date and time: 3 and 4 November 10am – 11.30am

 

 

Exploring emotional intelligence through outdoor play

Do you understand emotional resilience? Do you want to enable children to risk take in a safe and secure way?

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Develop the skills to support children to build resilience and risk-taking opportunities
  • Learn how to create opportunities to team build and support each other.
  • Discover how to support and improve behaviour through teamwork
  • Consider how to observe play effectively to assess, record and plan for different stages of development

This course is suitable for:

  • All early years practitioners

Date and time: 4 and 5 Nov 2pm – 3.30pm

 

 

Domestic abuse and violence awareness 

Gain a greater understanding of how to identify and support those who may be at risk of, and those who may witness domestic violence.

This online workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand the scope and meaning of the terms ‘Domestic Abuse and Violence’
  • Be aware of the prevalence of domestic abuse
  • Understand the legislative framework for domestic abuse
  • Understand the impact it has on both adults and children
  • Recognise signs and indicators of domestic abuse
  • Develop awareness of support available and how to access it
  • Be able to respond more effectively to concerns relating to domestic abuse.

Suitable for:

  • All early years practitioners

Date and time: 2 and 9 November at 10am – 11.30am

 

 

Promoting positive behaviour

Are you confident you do all you can to support children’s positive behaviour? Do you need more information on supporting children who display more challenging behaviour?

This online workshop is designed to enable you to:

  • Define behaviour 
  • Identify influences on children’s behaviour
  • Reflect on adult’s own behaviour
  • Explore supportive approaches to addressing behaviour
  • Examine practical solutions to challenging behaviour 
  • Understand the term Trauma Informed Behaviour.

The course is suitable for

  • All practitioners working with young children

Date and time: 11, 12 and 13 November 10am – 11.30am

 

 

Business success in the early years

What does the term business success mean to you?

Explore how leadership, the quality of the setting, effective marketing strategy and sound financial management systems are all essential pieces of a sustainability jigsaw.

By attending this virtual classroom you will:

  • explore how effective leadership can affect sustainability
  • review high quality provision and how this links to sustainability
  • understand the value of a clear marketing and communication strategy
  • explore good business practises for childcare providers
  • review how financial data can inform decision making
  • understand the responsibilities of an employer to their staff.

Suitable for:

  • managers
  • voluntary management committee members / trustees
  • owners

Date and time: 17 and 18 November 2pm-3.30pm

 

 

Discovering and developing loose parts play

Spark children's sense of wonder and joy by learning the best way to use the loose parts you have in your setting.

This workshop aims to help providers understand and support children’s curiosity and creativity in an early years setting.

In this course you will:

  • explore the theory behind loose parts
  • understand the possibilities of children’s play
  • consider how to value and extend children’s ideas, imagination, language and thinking
  • explore the use of materials and media to develop creative play.

This course is suitable for:

  • early years practitioners working with young children

Date and time: 16 and 17 November 10am – 11.30pm

 

 

 


Online Alliance Connect Events - NEW topics for Autumn 2020

Join us for our free interactive online Alliance Connect sessions, these 30 minute sessions have been designed to support you through these challenging times. With a key focus on connecting you with other providers, sharing concerns and key questions, sharing practice, supporting each other and looking ahead.  See our Alliance Connect page (under the Our Services tab above) for further information. 

The next round of networking meetings will focus on the following topics and can be booked using the link for the relevant date/time:

 

Focus on Childminders

All Early Years Providers are welcome to any session that we host, but we also know that some of the challenges are different when you are working out of your own home.  With this in mind, we holding a dedicated Alliance Connect event for home-based childcare.  Come and join other childminding providers and share your experiences and ideas.

 

Working with children with EAL  -  Top tips and advice 

Join us for a focus discussion where we will look at simple and useful top tips and strategies to support children in your setting who have English as an Additional Language. We will share resources and give ideas on best practice.   We can refresh you on how this links to the EYFS requirements and give practical examples and actions for supporting children and their families.

 

Grant Funding - Thinking Outside the Box

This networking event will have a focus discussion about best practice when applying for grants and where to look for small grant opportunities.   We will explore factors that need consideration and share top tips for writing a successful application.

  • Monday 19th October - 1.00pm

 

Making the Most of Digital Marketing

The Alliance's Marketing Team joins us to support the discussion and give practical advice and top tips on best ways to use digital marketing to improve your occupancy through Websites, Facebook and external childcare search sites.  FREE Digital Marketing Mini Guide for every attendee.

  • Tuesday 29th September - 10.00am
  • Thursday 15th October - 3.30pm

 

What's new for SEND?

This networking event will have a focus discussion relating to the impact of Covid-19 on children with SEND, and their families.  Explore with us practice challenges and talk through different ways settings can offer support. Engage with other providers, share ideas and find out more about other support networks.

 

Let’s Talk Committees, AGM's and voluntary managed Early Years Settings

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges facing committees

We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations regarding AGM's, working together, your responsibility and consider what is the new normal. FREE Top Tips Mini Guide for every attendee.

  • Wednesday 23rd September - 7.00pm
  • Thursday 22nd October - 7.00pm

 

Operating a Viable Early Years Provision

This networking event will have a focus discussion about the challenges around operating a viable, sustainable early years setting.    We will explore concerns, issues and share best practice and important considerations.

 

Post-Covid Ofsted Inspections

Are Ofsted Inspections currently pushed to the back of your mind? Haven't thought about the 3 I's or the Learning Walk since March?  If your answer is YES please be reassured that you are not alone!

January 2021 will soon be here so join us, and other providers to discuss how Ofsted Inspections might look in the 'new normal'.  This is a great opportunity to network, share ideas and ease yourself back into the thought process of being Ofsted ready. 

 

 


family_sofa_computerNEW Let's Learn Together @Home

Please join us for an activity-packed programme offering loads of ideas on how to keep your little one happy, motivated and learning over the summer.

We hope you and your child have enjoyed our Family Sessions on YouTube and our Family Time Tips activities that the Early Years Alliance has shared throughout the Covid-19 crisis.  

Now we would like to invite you and your little ones to join one of our programmes of six weekly sessions providing more accessible ideas on how to help children's learning at home.  Plus, you'll have the chance to learn in small groups and meet and connect with other families online

The six-week programmes are going to take place throughout July, August, September and October - with courses starting each week.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

 


Virtural Family Sessions

Covid-19 has brought with it barriers to working on multiple levels. Social isolation can be distressing and difficult for many families. One area where we have seen a worrying gap is in the interpersonal and enriching face-to-face support that can be given to children and their families, promoting learning and sustaining the good level of development (GLD) that we all want to see children achieve by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Our Virtual Family Sessions of Storysacks and Rhyme Time continue, with new sessions being added. We are introducing our Big Cook, Little Cook session with child friendly recipes to try at home, a new Yoga session, a Family Meditation session for some great calming and relaxing tips, and a new Adult Focused session showing free and found children's activities to try at home.

All are available to view and share on our Early Years Alliance YouTube page.

 

NEW YouTube Recordings for Week Beginning 21st September 2020

 

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Big Cook Little Cook – Fruit Tarts

Join Laura from the Early Years Alliance to make and roll the pastry and make some lovely fruit tarts, ideal for a lunchbox.

Please click here to watch

 

 

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Big Cook Little Cook – Cheese and Onion Pasties

Come and join Laura to roll, mix and bake some delicious cheese and onion pasties! Ideal for tea or cold in a lunch box.  Please click here to watch

 

 

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Big Cook Little Cook - Flatbreads 

Join Laura from the Early Years Alliance to mix flour and yogurt to make and cook a tasty flatbread.  Please click here to watch

 

 

 

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Pasta Play!

Come and join Cathy from the Early Years Alliance to find out so many different ways to use pasta in your child’s play, some great easy fun ideas to use at home to support your child’s learning and development.  Please click here to watch

 

 

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Adult Focused- Making the most of screen time

Come and join Natalie from the Early Years Alliance  to explore the beneifits and negatives of screen time with your children and the imprtance of parents involvement. Please click here to watch

 

 

 

 


About us

The Early Years Alliance West Midlands Service Hub supports more than 2000 Alliance members in Birmingham, the Black Country, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, including pre-schools, day nurseries, toddler groups, nursery schools, children’s centres and individuals.

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

The type of support we offer ranges from regular member forums to share good practice and discuss topical issues to payroll service to training on how to prepare for Ofsted inspections.

We also create and deliver bespoke workshops to individual settings that need more help on more complicated issues.

We hold an annual conference locally for our members and this usually includes a training element as well as up-to-date information on sector issues.


 

To keep up to date about our upcoming training and workshops please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Subscribe to our emails


 

To find out how we can help your setting or childcare service please contact our Service Manager Stuart Neilson on 01922 407668 or email westmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk

 

Our Services

Training and Workshops

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...

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Community Stay & Play Network

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BBO Family Matters

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Children's services

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Directly-managed settings

The Alliance directly manages 75 childcare services across England. 

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Training and Workshops

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 on our Training and Workshops or Alliance Connect pages under the Our Services tab above, or also in our new monthly News Updates.

 


Online Workshops now available

We have developed two new online workshops to assist with making the most of an outdoor environment, and transitioning children back into your provision post-lockdown.
Each workshop takes place over two one-hour sessions, delivered online by highly qualified tutors.

 

Provision Without Walls

Early years practitioners will have the opportunity to discover how outdoor learning can help to overcome some of the challenges the sector faces post-lockdown.

  • Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June at 1.00pm

In these two interactive 1-hour sessions early years practitioners will have the opportunity to discover how outdoor learning can help to overcome some of the challenges the sector faces post-lockdown.

Session 1 discusses the many benefits of learning outdoors for children’s mental and physical well-being and begins to consider why outdoor learning matters now more than ever.

Session 2 will go on to address the practicalities of tipping the balance from indoor provision to outdoors with ideas for activities that make clear links to the prime and specific areas of learning.

 

Let's Talk About Change

Are you concerned about welcoming children back into the setting after time away? Wondering how you can support children so they are ready for the next stage?

  • Tuesday 30th June and Wednesday 1st July at 10.00am

In these two interactive 1-hour sessions we take a closer look at: 

  • Building on the information you already have and re-establishing starting points 
  • Making the most of the home learning experience 
  • Taking a key person approach to re-settling children 
  • How to prepare children for the next stage 
  • Supporting the emotions of children and parents 

Workshop Costs:  
£25 for members
£40 for non-members
Book both workshops and receive a 10% discount off the total cost!

BOOK WORKSHOP PLACES HERE


Family Webinar Sessions

Covid-19 has brought with it barriers to working on multiple levels. Social isolation can be distressing and difficult for many families. One area where we have seen a worrying gap is in the interpersonal and enriching face-to-face support that can be given to children and their families, promoting learning and sustaining the good level of development (GLD) that we all want to see children achieve by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

To go some way to filling that void, the Early Years Alliance has launched Family Webinars. Our webinar sessions are Rhyme Times, Storytime and Activity sessions for children and parents to watch together.

Transport Rhyme Time - Friday 10th July at 6.00pm

Come and join Marie from the Early Years Alliance to enjoy a transport music special! See what vehicles you can make at home. Please register here for this session.


Workshop plus+

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 westmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk or call 01922 407 668.


Education Inspection Framework (EIF) workshops

We're here for you. 

The Alliance's new, tailored Education Inspection Framework (EIF) package supports you to meet the new requirements. Delivered on-site directly to you and your whole team. 

The package includes two specialist workshops Exploring the EIF and Cultural Capital PLUS our new publication, Exploring the Education Inspection Framework due out early September.

Exploring the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) workshop

This workshop supports managers and leaders to better understand the requirements of the EIF. Participants will explore terms such as ‘intent, implementation and impact’. It will consider how the curriculum should look and offers support on ways to deliver successfully in their own provision.

It covers:

  • Key changes
  • The term Cultural Capital and what it means
  • The new judgement areas
  • Ofsted Inspector expectations of Intent, Implementation and Impact
  • The Important role managers and leaders play in the process
  • Paperwork necessary to support the process

Cultural Capital workshop

Integral to Ofsted’s new inspection framework, the term Cultural Capital is described by Ofsted as being ‘the essential knowledge children need to be effective citizens’. This workshop considers the origins of the term and supports practitioners to recognise how the EYFS already supports Cultural Capital.

It covers:

  • What is the main theory behind Cultural Capital and how it has influenced Ofsted's definition​
  • What is meant by Cultural Capital
  • What Cultural Capital is not
  • How to enhance children’s learning using the concept of Cultural Capital
  • How to articulate how children experience the awe and wonder of the world through the seven areas of learning and development.
  • How to demonstrate your provision enhances children's Cultural Capital

Specialist EIF consultancy support

We also offer you six hours of face to face, on-site consultancy from a qualified and experienced early years advisor.

We will work closely with you to support you to implement your workshop learning to ensure it is embedded into your daily practice. You can choose how to receive this support to best suit your needs including phone, face to face or email.

Or

If you now feel confident about the EIF and would prefer to focus on related business support, you can choose from these areas:

  • Charity Health Check
  • Pre and Post Ofsted Inspection support
  • Business Sustainability Health check

The consultancy is delivered within a 12 week period to ensure your team meets the requirements as quickly and efficiently as possible.

So what does this cost?

You can buy this package with either one or both of the workshops. The package includes our new Exploring the Education Inspection Framework publication, due out in late August.   

Option 1

One workshop, delivered in-house for up to seven staff members, one publication and six hours in-house face to face/email/phone support ​

£445 Members and £515 non members​*

Option 2

Two workshops, delivered in-house for up to seven staff members, one Education Inspection Framework publication and six hours in-house face to face/email/phone support ​

£655 Members and £795 non members​*

*up to seven staff per workshop – additional places can be purchased at a cost of £20 for members and £30 for non-members​

Interested in finding out more?

Please contact us on westmidlands@eyalliance.org.uk or call us on 01922 407 668.


We run various workshops including Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid Training.

We are also currently developing a bespoke training programme to offer a wide range of training opportunities to members and non-members alike.

To keep up to date about our upcoming training and workshops please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

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We are currently offering a 

NCFE CACHE LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA

FOR THE EARLY YEARS WORKFORCE  

To find out more contact: Early Years Alliance Training Centre, First Floor, Bridge House, 97-101 High Street,  Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1DR

Tel: 01732 363070  Email: training@eyalliance.org.uk

Payslip service

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Reduce the time and burden on your business or group by using the Early Years Alliance payslip service.

We offer a comprehensive, secure payslip service for pre‑schools, full daycare nurseries, out of school clubs and other community groups across England and Wales.

The service includes:

 

Enquire about our payslip service

Birmingham Forward Steps

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Community Stay & Play Network

Our Community Stay and Play Network offers support to stay and play groups across Birmingham in partnership with Thrive Together Birmingham, funded by Birmingham Forward Steps.

We are building a community network of stay and play groups within the Birmingham area, encouraging and supporting good practice and offering practical advice and support to those running an unregistered group and to those who are interested in setting up a new group to meet the needs of parents / carers and early years children (children age 0-5 years) in the community.

Are you:

·         Already running a group?

·         needing a group to be running in your local community?

We will work in partnership with you to enhance the service you provide to families. We provide fun and exciting activities through the delivery of workshops with regard to the Early Years Foundation Stage, family learning opportunities to support with Behaviour, Healthy Lifestyles & Next Steps for their children.

 

or DO YOU...

·         Have a desire to help? 

·         Have some spare time?

·         Have a passion for your community?

·         Want to set up a group for parents and children?

·         Want to volunteer in a stay and play group?

 

Our Community Network Officers have a variety of workshops to offer and can deliver these to your group.

They can also offer advice on membership of the Alliance and how this can benefit your group.


 

To find out more please contact Kay Mee, Community Network Manager

kay.mee@eyalliance.org.uk

Mobile: 07854130697

BBO Family Matters

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Family Matters is a three-year project to help people across the Black Country build the skills and confidence to get into work and is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.

The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by the European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Family Matters is one of four projects within this programme across the Black Country and will help people across Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell move into or closer to employment by developing their skills and confidence.

Family Matters is managed by the Black Country Together CIC in pertnership with 19 local organisations across the Black Country.

The Alliance is one of those partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project;

Aspiring Futures CIC, Barnardo's, Bloxwich Community Partnership, CHADD, Changing Lives, Community Footprints, Family Action, Gazebo Theatre in Education, Gloucester Street Community Centre, Groundwork West Midlands, Lunch on the Run, Manor Farm Community Association, Phase Trust, Sandwell Consortium, Trident Reach, Walsall Citizens Advice Bureau, University of Wolverhampton, Black Country YMCA.

Family Matters will work with people one-to-one to understand their goals and their challenges, and then offer all the support that’s needed to help them meet those goals. If you are aged 16 or over, and are out of work then Family Matters could help you.

Our aim is to engage families who are in poverty and or disadvantaged who have children under 5.  We will offer a range of family learning workshops to begin to engage with prospective participants. These workshops are informal and will assist our participants to recognise their existing skills and experience and also to build on them.  Our project also aims to support parents who have children with SEN/disabilities to access appropriate childcare places to enable their parents to access learning workshops. We will be offering employment readiness workshops and accredited courses.  Volunteering opportunities will be actively encouraged and training will be offered to fulfil specific roles, either within our own organisation or in partner agencies.

The Alliance has worked extensively and successfully with families across Birmingham for a number of years and have developed strategies to engage families who may be initially reluctant.  We work with building confidence, esteem and ensure that they are ready to engage in formal learning before beginning that journey.

For more information about the Family Matters Programme please contact:

Family Matters Project Officer

ahmer.hussain@eyalliance.org.uk

01922 407668

07854 132897 (mobile)

For more information about Family Matters in the Black Country please email

familymatters@blackcountrytogether.info or visit www.blackcountrytogether.info

Children's services

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Directly-managed settings

The Alliance directly manages 75 childcare services across England. 

Visit the Find Childcare page on the Alliance website to find the nearest nurseries to you.

TheWest Midlands Service Hub directly manages three settings.

Please contact them directly.

Hanburys Farm

Oakhill

Hatherton

 

Alliance Connect

Alliance Connect West Midlands Service Hub

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 on our Training and Workshops or Alliance Connect pages under the Our Services tab above, or also in our new monthly News Updates.

 

Alliance Connect meetings offer an opportunity to meet other childcare practitioners and to explore the particular issues facing those involved in managing a childcare setting.

There will be opportunities to share good practice and to obtain mutual support.

Alliance Connect meetings are also your chance to get your thoughts and concerns shared right up to government level and to help shape national policies.

We can pass on your feedback to Alliance managers and to Neil Leitch, our Chief Executive, who regularly meets with government ministers to help shape early years policy.

Please bring ideas or questions you have, or email the topics you would like us to cover and they will be put on the agenda.

 


NEW Alliance Connect Events for July & August 

Join us for our free interactive online Alliance Connect sessions, these 30 minute sessions have been designed to support you through these challenging times. 

With a key focus on connecting you with other providers, sharing concerns and key questions, sharing practice, supporting each other and looking ahead.

The next round of networking meetings will focus on the following topics and can be booked using the link for the relevant date/time:

 

Let's Talk September 

Are you in limbo or at a crossroad and unsure of how to plan for the Autumn Term?  If the answer is yes, then this could be the session for you.  We may not always have the answers but together we can look at how we can navigate forward.

Join other providers in the country to look at the challenges and share ideas.  The focus will be on: Showcasing your setting and visits from new families, Regulations, cohorts and bubbles, Staffing and Flexible Furlough, Settling in children​ new and previous, Any other topic.

 

SEND and Inclusion - During Covid 19

Nicky Gibson, the Alliance's Inclusion Manager, will be joining these network events to support the conversation around SEND and Inclusion during Covid 19. 

 

The Challenges of Operating a Viable, Sustainable Early Years Setting

What are your plans and thoughts to ensure you remain viable?  Join us to network with other providers on their concerns, issues and best practice.

 

Grant Funding - Thinking Outside the Box

Tapped into some funding and which to share your experience with others or want to find out more about where to look for small grant opportunities?  Sarah Ellis, Development Manager for the Alliance, will be joining us at these two connects to give ideas and facilitate the discussions.   

 

Focus on Childminders

All Early Years Providers are welcome to any session that we host, but we also know that some of the challenges are different when you are working out of your own home.  With this in mind, we holding a dedicated Alliance Connect event for home-based childcare.  Come and join other childminding providers and share your experiences and ideas.

 

Making the most of digital marketing to improve your sustainability

The Alliance's marketing team will be joining us to support the discussion and give practical advice on digital marketing. 

 


 

 

Work with us

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Our vision

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 and supported to become fully involved with their child's learning, development, health and well-being.

The way we work

We champion childhood and children’s right to play and want to ensure that all children, regardless of background, are given the best possible start in life and an opportunity to thrive and develop to their maximum potential.

We work to support families and early years providers to enhance children’s life chances, by raising standards and quality of childcare, encouraging safeguard-led practice and providing high quality training, support and advice.

Please browse this website to see the programmes and services we provide.

For further details about any of these, or to explore how we might work together with you in your area, please contact Stuart Neilson, Service Manager for the Alliance in West Midlands stuart.neilson@eyalliance.org.uk  or phone our main office 01922 404434.

Become an Alliance member

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The Early Years Alliance is dedicated to giving every child, parent and practioner the best experience in the early years.

Our membership packages combine the best support, training and information for member settings to help you in turn support the children and families you work with.

  • More than 20 free Cache-endorsed online training courses for your team via EduCare
  • Access to 24hr legal helpline Law-Call 
  • 10 issues of Under 5 magazine a year — each issue is packed with sector news, policy updates and activity ideas
  • 'EY Instant Update' emails to alert you of any policy, legislation or funding changes
  • Access to our specialist and competitively-priced insurance 
  • On-call support from our expert advisers
  • 20% off our extensive range of books and publications
  • Free mini guides on various aspects of running an early years setting

Find out more about membership

Contact us

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West Midlands Service Hub Manager — Stuart Neilson - 01922 404434

01922 407 668 (Birmingham office)

01743 365 484 (Shropshire office)

 

 

Childcare

West Midlands Service Hub
c/o Hatherton Pre-school
Bloxwich Lane
Walsall
WS2 7JT
United Kingdom
Tel: 01922 404434