A career in childcare is not always easy. But as our learners have shared with us, it is deeply fulfilling knowing you are giving our youngest children the best possible start in life.

To support you on your journey, we offer high-quality training to provide you with the knowledge and skills to perform at your best and advance your career.

Special workshops are tailored to meet the needs of childcare teams, managers and committee members.

Significantly, Ofsted inspectors observed that Alliance learners improve their employment prospects, develop strong vocational skills and gain confidence with dedicated support from our tutors.

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Training just for you

We provide flexible, online, distance learning, classroom and work-based fully-accredited training opportunities from introductory to advanced levels. This offers you and your team a range of options depending on lifestyle and commitments.

  • Qualifications programme from Entry and Level 1 Skills for Employment to qualifications for the workplace at Level 2 and Level 3. Leadership and Management qualifications available at Level 3.
  • Smart PD offers bespoke high-quality, cost-effective professional development packages from the Alliance — for individuals and group settings.
  • Our Professional Development Network (PDN) is free to join and you'll get access to free webinars, free CPD courses and a regular e-newsletter with news for early years practitioners and professionals.
  • EduCare offers free online training courses for Alliance members.

Contact us

Our advisors and tutors are here to help you choose the right training.

Email or call 01732 363070.


The Alliance has sub-contracting arrangements with other training providers to broaden and enrich its offer to members and the public. Subcontracting partners will have a strong record of success, and share the ethos and values of the organisation, in particular in their commitment to learners, and their personal and professional development, and to the Alliance’s learning communities.

This document aims to provide clear information about Subcontracting Fees and Charging Policy that will be used when the Pre-school Learning Alliance works with subcontractors that deliver funded training and qualifications on behalf of the Charity.

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