Welcome to the Alliance blog, where you’ll find expert advice, best practice tips and ideas, thoughtful opinion pieces and successful case studies. For everyone who is passionate about the importance of Early Years.

National Week of Play — Working in partnership with parents

Researchers in environmental psychology have shown that parental pro-environmental behaviour has a strong influence in determining how their children behave, when it comes to things like conserving energy and recycling.Read more

National Week of Play: Play and nature

The natural world offers a rich sensory, ever-changing environment, full of exciting features to explore and investigate and to learn through active enquiry, play and talk.Read more

Welcome to our National Week of Play 2022: Protecting the planet through play

This year the Alliance's National Week of Play takes as its focus eco-sustainability in early years and explores how we can support children’s understanding and involvement with protecting our beautiful and fragile planet Earth for future generations.Read more

DfE early years programme helps practitioners to support children after Covid-19

The early years sector has faced multiple challenges in recent months. Despite this – or perhaps as a result – there was demand from the sector for good professional development to give practitioners the tools to support children effectively.Read more

Get ready for Childcare & Education Expo North


The next Childcare & Education Expo North is taking place in Bolton in June and registration is now officially open.Read more