About us

The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England. A registered educational charity, the Alliance represents 14,000 member settings and supports them to deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.

We offer information and advice, produce specialist publications, run acclaimed training and accreditation schemes and campaign to influence early years policy and practice. 

Our vision

The Alliance’s vision is a society where every child enjoys the same right and opportunity to develop and learn through play. We believe families should be placed at the centre of policy-making and work hard to empower parents to become more involved with their child's learning and development. We are committed to further developing the sector's professional status through our training programmes, qualifications and work hard to represent the early years workforce with policy makers.

Our mission

Our mission aims to help children to succeed, create childcare that families need and to build learning communities. Our vision and mission underpins our work in every way and at every level. 

In a constantly changing and challenging environment, many childcare providers and parents can find it difficult to give children the very best start in life. The need for someone to listen and represent young children and their families’ interests while providing practical early years support and advice becomes even more important. This is why we are committed to giving parents and their young children, childcare providers, and local communities a real voice.

We believe that everyone deserves to be listened to and that your voice matters.

The Alliance supports childcare providers and parents to ensure that every family receives access to the right kind of high quality early learning opportunities in a caring, safe and secure space. We actively involve parents in decisions about their child’s learning and development, and work across communities to encourage them to better understand and actively participate in early years and family services across the country.

How we achieve this

We work with Alliance members, families, partners and practitioners to;

  • Champion childhood and children’s right to play
  • Be an advocate for children, families and all childcare providers
  • Put the family first to enhance children’s life chances
  • Promote and support each child’s learning to offer them best possible start in life
  • Encourage voluntary community involvement in early years provision
  • Deliver high quality, responsive childcare services to best meet the needs of families with young children
  • Encourage safeguard-led practice
  • Raise standards and quality of childcare
  • Ensure that families have choice and information to make the right decision about the childcare they need  
  • Provide high quality training support and advice

Our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement

We are committed to implementing effective systems to combat slavery and human trafficking.

Organisation structure 

We are a national, educational charity, incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. As the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England, we represent the interests of over 14,000 member settings who deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year. We also directly manage a range of children’s services - mainly in deprived areas.

Our supply chain and policy

Our supply chains are primarily limited to the UK and the EEA. Our anti-slavery and anti-human trafficking policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains or our business. 

Due diligence 

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we regularly perform appropriate risk based due diligence on all our internal processes, business partners, consortia members and providers of goods and services. 

Our systems:

 • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains

 • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains

• Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains

• Protect whistle blowers

Zero tolerance

We have a zero tolerance policy on slavery and human trafficking. All our contractors and suppliers must comply with our values. We have a rigorous compliance adherence programme in place to ensure that all contracts have warranties of compliance and appropriate due diligence processes. Our in-house compliance team consists of representatives from Legal Services and Human Resources teams who monitor systems to ensure adherence.

On-going training and guidance

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and business, we provide training and guidance to Alliance employees on a regular basis.


On an annual basis, we regularly review the implementation of activities outlined above and our effectiveness in preventing breaches of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2017. This statement has been approved by the organisation's Board of Directors.