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About the West Midlands Service Hub

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.


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.


This is Early Years: delivering quality care and education in the ‘new normal’

Welcome to the Alliance’s virtual Connect event – FREE to members! 

Wednesday 25 November 4pm - 8pm

BOOK NOW!

Join us for a special Alliance Connect event!

Our new virtual event, This is Early Years: delivering quality care and education in the ‘new normal’, provides the latest information, guidance and practical support on how early years practitioners can provide high-quality care and education against the challenging and ever-changing backdrop of Covid-19.

We know that Alliance Connect events have been integral in helping you to stay connected. That’s why we recently asked you to share priority areas where you would like additional support. You told us that information and support around Ofsted, the EYFS and physical health and wellbeing of children is most important to you now. We listened. This event gives you a chance to find out more about what matters to you most.

The event will also touch on important wider topical issues, such as the Black Lives Matter movement for us and what we can all do to encourage a wider conversation about racial bias and discrimination across the early years.

You’ll also have the opportunity to find out more about our exciting new campaign, #ThisIsEarlyYears, and find out how sharing your experiences of the valuable role you play in your local communities can help us make the positive case for greater government support for early years at a critical time for the sector.

As always, there will be plenty of time to ask questions and connect with each other throughout the event.

‘We’re here to support you to confidently face whatever the coming months may bring.”

- Neil Leitch, Chief Executive

The agenda (subject to change)

15.45  Virtual event opens

16.00 – 16.15  Welcome

16:15 – 17:00  Neil Leitch — The is Early Years: a new approach to championing the sector + Q&A

17.05 – 17.50  Gill Jones — Delivering inspections in the 'new' normal + Q&A

20 minute comfort break

18.10 – 18.55  Christina and Robbie Dee — Inspiring children through positive outdoor experiences + Q&A

19.00 – 19.45  Ben Kingston Hughes — Joy, Wonder & Curiosity + Q&A

19.45 — 20.00 Close

 

Our keynote speakers:

Neil Leitch, Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Alliance 
This is Early Years: a new approach to championing the sector

Gill Jones, Deputy Director, Early Childhood, Ofsted 
Delivering inspections in the ‘new normal’

Christina and Robbie Dee, Forest School trainers and Directors of (FSLI) Forest School Initiative
Inspiring children through positive outdoor experiences

Ben Kingston Hughes, Director of Inspired Children Ltd and Early Years Consultant
Joy, Wonder and Curiosity in their early years

How our virtual Alliance Connect event works  

Make our event work for you

The virtual event takes place on Wednesday, 25 November from 4pm til 8pm. Join us for the whole event or for particular sessions. 

It really is up to you... we know how busy you are and how difficult it can be to take time out, so you are welcome to join at any time. 

How to book

  1. Complete the registration form.
  2. Please indicate which keynote sessions you wish to join.
  3. You will then be emailed a link, which we advise you to save, that directly takes you into the waiting room of the event.
  4. If you are not a member of the Alliance, you will be sent your link once we have received your payment.

 

Free to members and affordable for everyone else

We work hard to ensure our events are inclusive. We want everyone to have an opportunity to enjoy our Alliance Connect networking events. 

For this special virtual Connect event, Alliance members will enjoy it for FREE.

Group provider non-members pay £10 while childminders and baby and toddler group non-members pay just £5. 

Everyone who joins the event receives a free virtual goodie bag which includes all keynote presentations and a Managing Your Ofsted Inspection online publication.

 

Book now

 

Any questions? Email us at connect@eyalliance.org.uk

 


Alliance Connect Events

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 More Committee matters

In September and October, we hosted our first ‘Let’s talk committees’ Alliance Connect event.  You said you wanted more opportunities to network and discuss, to keep up to date with news from the sector, to ask questions regarding issues that are important to you as volunteers and to share ideas with other volunteers. Join us for: Sector updates, Managing staff - your key questions and

Key responsibilities of trustees and committee members

Thursday 19th November 7.00pm

Monday 30th November 7.00pm

 

Let’s Talk January

January is fast approaching! Join our interactive Alliance Connect networking session to discuss all things January. Together we can talk about government guidance updates, local restrictions, new children starting, sustainability and welcoming Ofsted back through the doors.

Tuesday 1st December 4.30pm

Thursday 10th December 2.00pm

 

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. 

Thursday 5th November 10.00am

Thursday 5th November 11.30am

 

Terrific 2’s

Join us for this interactive Alliance Connect networking session with focus discussions about how we can celebrate the awe and wonder of 2-year olds.  Together we will talk about some of the developmental characteristics of 2 – 3 year olds, think about the signs of attachment, chat about the important role of the key person and ask the question - is settling in a process or an event? 

Thursday 12th November 5.00pm

Monday 16th November 2.00pm

 

Whatever the Weather

How do you provide outdoor learning whatever the weather?  

Join this interactive session for sharing ideas and overcoming challenges to enable exciting outdoor learning all year round.

Thursday 12th November 2.00pm

Tuesday 8th December 5.00pm

 

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.

 

Childminding and Business

Childminding and business can be a balancing act. Join our Connect event to focus on achieving that balance and discuss with others the challenges this brings.

Wednesday 9th December 7.00pm

 


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.

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.
Date and time: 2 and 9 November at 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?
Date and time: 2 and 3 November 2pm – 3.30pm

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

Defining the early years curriculum
Do you want to gain a more detailed understanding of the early years curriculum? 
Date and time: 3 and 4 November 10am – 11.30am

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?
Date and time: 4 and 5 November 2pm – 3.30pm

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?
Date and time: 4 and 5 November 2pm – 3.30pm

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

Promoting Communication and Language
Learn how to support all children in your setting to develop their speech and language skills.
This workshop will support your setting to promote good communication and language development in young children.
Date and time: 18 and 19 November 10am 

For more detailed information about any of these courses please visit our Virtual Classroom page


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 October and November - with courses starting each week.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER YOUR INTEREST


Virtual 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 

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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

 

cheese and onion pasties

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

 

 

flatbreads

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

 

 

different varieties of pasta

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

 

child looking at computer screen

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

 

 


 

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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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...

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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...

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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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Alliance Connect

Alliance Connect West Midlands Service Hub

Due to Covid-19 and the impact of lock-down,...

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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 ...

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Become an Alliance member

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

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Contact us

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West Midlands Service Hub Manager — Stuart Neilson - 01922 404434

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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 here and also in our new monthly News Updates.

 


Virtual 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.

 

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.
Date and time: 2 and 9 November at 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?
Date and time: 2 and 3 November 2pm – 3.30pm

 

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

 

Defining the early years curriculum
Do you want to gain a more detailed understanding of the early years curriculum? 
Date and time: 3 and 4 November 10am – 11.30am

 

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?
Date and time: 4 and 5 November 2pm – 3.30pm

 

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?
Date and time: 4 and 5 November 2pm – 3.30pm

 

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

 

Promoting Communication and Language
Learn how to support all children in your setting to develop their speech and language skills.
This workshop will support your setting to promote good communication and language development in young children.
Date and time: 18 and 19 November 10am 

 

For more detailed information about any of these courses please visit our Virtual Classroom page

 

 


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 

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?

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.

Subscribe to our emails


 

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

Logos Early Years Alliance  Community Fund

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, Alliance Connect events are currently taking place online.

We want to ensure you will still receive important face-to-face support and advice from us at this difficult time.

You can find out about our online events below and book directly using the relevant links.

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

 

What is an Alliance Connect event?

  • 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.

 


Alliance Connect Events 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.

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 More Committee matters

In September and October, we hosted our first ‘Let’s talk committees’ Alliance Connect event.  You said you wanted more opportunities to network and discuss, to keep up to date with news from the sector, to ask questions regarding issues that are important to you as volunteers and to share ideas with other volunteers. Join us for: Sector updates, Managing staff - your key questions and

Key responsibilities of trustees and committee members

Thursday 19th November 7.00pm

Monday 30th November 7.00pm

 

Let’s Talk January

January is fast approaching! Join our interactive Alliance Connect networking session to discuss all things January. Together we can talk about government guidance updates, local restrictions, new children starting, sustainability and welcoming Ofsted back through the doors.

Tuesday 1st December 4.30pm

Thursday 10th December 2.00pm

 

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. 

Thursday 5th November 10.00am

Thursday 5th November 11.30am

 

Terrific 2’s

Join us for this interactive Alliance Connect networking session with focus discussions about how we can celebrate the awe and wonder of 2-year olds.  Together we will talk about some of the developmental characteristics of 2 – 3 year olds, think about the signs of attachment, chat about the important role of the key person and ask the question - is settling in a process or an event? 

Thursday 12th November 5.00pm

Monday 16th November 2.00pm

 

Whatever the Weather

How do you provide outdoor learning whatever the weather?  

Join this interactive session for sharing ideas and overcoming challenges to enable exciting outdoor learning all year round.

Thursday 12th November 2.00pm

Tuesday 8th December 5.00pm

 

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.

 

Childminding and Business

Childminding and business can be a balancing act. Join our Connect event to focus on achieving that balance and discuss with others the challenges this brings.

Wednesday 9th December 7.00pm

 


 

 

 

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