Local and community

The Alliance was established in 1961 as a community-led movement by parents to meet the childcare needs of families locally.

We understand more than most that local communities differ enormously from area to area - isolated communities require very different childcare services to families living in densely populated urban areas. There is no one size fits all model of childcare.

Developing close partnerships with local authorities, relevant childcare agencies and related family support services enable providers to share limited funding more effectively.

The Alliance supports members through our active network of 20 Project Hubs who work in closely with over 150 partners, including local authorities, community organisations and funding agencies across England. This enables us to deliver early years services to over 800,000 families with young children every year.

We also work with local families in other ways - through our parent forums, volunteer groups, childcare and drop-in services, family advice centres, adult learning programmes, specialist services for families with complex needs or those living in isolated or hard to reach communities.

Please contact us if you're interested in developing a partnership with the Alliance.