We regularly provide continuing professional development workshops in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black...
The Pre-school Learning Alliance Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country Service Hub supports approximately 266 Alliance members in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country 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 Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country 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 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.
For any queries regarding Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country Pre-school Learning Alliance please contact the Project Hub Manager on 01922 407668 or Birminghamsc@pre-school.org.uk
We regularly provide continuing professional development workshops in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.
Examples of recent workshops include:
The Innovative Use of Technology with Young Children
Introduction to Forest School
We can offer relevant practitioner workshops, including:
Developing Yourself as an Effective Team Member
Supporting Children for whom English is an additional language
Effective Parental Engagement
Time for Boys
How to implement Superhero Play
We have plenty more ideas so please contact us to talk about a bespoke workshop or training package for your setting.
Birmingham Forward Steps
Community Stay & Play Network
Birmingham Pre-school Learning Alliance's Community Stay and Play Network offers support to Stay & Play groups across Birmingham in partnership with Thrive Together Birmingham, funded by Birmingham Forward Steps
We are building a community network of stay and pay 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.
· Already running a group?
· needing a group to be running in your local community?
We provide fun & exciting activities through the delivery of workshops with regard to the Early Years Foundation Stage
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 Pre-School Learning Alliance and how this can benefit your group.
To find out more please contact Kay Mee, Community Network Manager
Building Better Opportunities (BBO Bridges) is a new national programme funded by money from the European Social Fund (ESF) and BIG Lottery Fund (BLF) to tackle social exclusion.
Presently there are 29 partner organisations across the Black Country with the aim of the project being to provide an individualised and broad approach to those with multiple barriers, individually tailored support to meet their needs, and to move closer towards employment.
The partnership consists a diverse range of organisations covering a wide range of specialisms, including mental and physical health issues and disabilities, drugs and alcohol, LGBT, refugees and migrants along with many more.
Pre- school Learning Alliance has worked with parents and learners in areas of deprivation including high unemployment and social disadvantage, for over 30 years in the West Midlands area. We are operating locally and have a staffing structure in place to tailor services according to local needs and are based in our childcare premises in the former Hatherton Children’s Centre, Walsall.
We are offering a bespoke service for access to childcare. As one of the largest providers of childcare and early years membership in the country we are ideally placed to provide advice and guidance on types of childcare available.
C/O Hatherton Pre- school,
Bloxwich Lane, Walsall, WS2 7JT
Or Birmingham Service Hub Manager, Kerry Armitt - firstname.lastname@example.org
BBO Family Matters
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.
Pre-school Learning 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.
Preschool Learning Alliance have 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:
Philip Mantom, Project Co-ordinator.
07711 590180 (mobile)
For more information about Family Matters in the Black Country please email
Hatherton and Pelsall Pre-schools
The Pre-school Learning Alliance provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare across England.
Birmingham Service Hub currently manages one pre-school setting in Walsall.
Hatherton Pre-school is an Alliance childcare service located in the grounds of Bloxwich Academy, Beechdale Walsall. This is a term-time only pre-school.
Please see below link to access further information.