In November, the Chair of a member setting contacted the Alliance to seek support ahead of an Ofsted inspection. During the initial telephone conversation it became clear there were many complex issues to be addressed. So our quality...Read more
Daisy started her Early Years career after applying to be an unqualified assistant. She was subsequently taken on for 40 hours per week in a full-time role. Then three months into her new job, she was asked to study for a Level 3 apprenticeship...Read more
The Children and Social Work Act received royal assent in April 2017 and will be implemented in 2018-2019. Current Local Children’s Safeguarding Boards will be abolished and a revised model implemented....Read more
In March 2017 the DfE published a revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework – the third revision to the original 2008 edition. The revised EYFS (DfE 2017) incorporates new legislation and statutory guidance introduced since...Read more
In March the DfE published the Early Years Workforce Strategy. The main focus of attention has been on the decision to amend the current regulatory requirement that anyone holding the Early Years Educator qualification must also hold GCSE Maths...Read more
In this webinar Michael Freeston, Director of Quality Improvement and Melanie Pilcher, Quality and Standards Manager will reflect on the improvements to outdoor learning made across the early years in recent years. They will also consider...Read more
With so many changes in the sector, training and professional development is more important than ever. Michael Freeston, director of quality improvement at the Alliance, introduces a new solution: SMARTpd.
Ellie Lloyd, an apprentice with the Pre-school Learning Alliance, recently won NMT magazine’s Nursery Apprentice Award 2016. In this article, Velda Bartholomew, Operational Training Manager at the Alliance, reflects on the key factors which...Read more