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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.

 


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.  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:

 

The Doors are Open

Meeting and overcoming the challenges an opportunity for providers to share thoughts and ideas with each other and for those that are due to open to learn from first-hand experiences.

 

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.   

  • Tuesday 28th July -   5.00pm
  • Thursday 30th July - 3.30pm

 

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. 

 


NEW 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.

The course offers a personal approach to family learning and will help you better understand how children like to learn. By taking part in a variety of fun activities together, the course will help improve communication between you and your child. Plus, you'll have the chance to learn in small groups and meet and connect with other families online.  Please click here to find out more.

 


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.

Let's Talk about Change - considers how providers can support children and families to transition back into the setting, while thinking about meeting the emotional needs of children and adjusting to a new normal. 

Provision Without Walls - takes a closer look at the many benefits of outdoor play, explores activities ideas and encourages participants to think about tipping the balance in favour of a more outdoor based provision during this time. 

Each workshop takes place over two one-hour sessions, delivered online by highly qualified tutors. See our Training and Workshops page (under the Our Services tab above) for further information.

 


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.

 

 

 

 


NEW YouTube Videos 

Story time with Alison

Come and join Alison from the Early Years Alliance to listen to a special story about Laya the labrador, Toffee the dog and Chelsea the dalmation and their adventures. Please click here to watch.

 

 

 

Making Gloop

Come and join Kathy from the Early Years Alliance to find out how to make Gloop and all the benefits it can bring to your child’s learning and development. Please click here to watch.

 

 

 

Water in Nature

Come and join Kathy from the Early Years Alliance to explore playing with water and find out all the different items you can use to make water play and learning fun! Please click here to watch.

 

 

 

 

Treasure Baskets

Come and join Natalie for an adult focused session all about treasure baskets finding out how they support your child’s learning and development with tips and ideas to make at home. Please click here to watch.

 

 

 

Monkey Puzzle Storytime

Come and join Kaylee from the Early Years Alliance to read along with the Monkey Puzzle story. 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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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, all our Alliance Connect events...

Read more

Work with us

Circle of hands

Our vision

Our vision is a society where every child enjoys the opportunity to learn through play. We ...

Read more

Become an Alliance member

Children playing at water table

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

Read more

Contact us

Toy phones

 

West Midlands Service Hub Manager — Stuart Neilson - 01922 404434

...

Read more

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.

Subscribe to our emails


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

Baby at computer

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

Baby on xylophone

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

Painty hands

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:

 

The Doors are Open

Meeting and overcoming the challenges an opportunity for providers to share thoughts and ideas with each other and for those that are due to open to learn from first-hand experiences.

 

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.   

  • Tuesday 28th July -   5.00pm
  • Thursday 30th July - 3.30pm

 

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

Circle of hands

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

Children playing at water table

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

Toy phones

 

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