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: Social play and its benefits

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children play is serious learning....Read more

National Week of Play: Reclaiming children's right to play

Play is not just a right that we can bestow on children, it is a basic need integral to their learning and development and vital to their wellbeing...Read more

Why music is a magical way to boost the mental wellbeing of your children and staff



You may think that music provision is the last priority on your list given everything that’s going on at the moment. But now more than ever, regular music practice in early years can help you deal with the current challenges as a result of the pandemic.

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What is the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children's mental health?


The coronavirus pandemic and all that it brought with it in the form of national lockdowns, social distancing and mask wearing, has caused upheaval in the lives of children across the world. So what are the effects it has had and how long will the impact last?Read more

Ofsted inspections return on 4 May. Gill Jones answers your key questions...


Gill Jones, deputy director for schools and early education policy at Ofsted, answers some key questions ahead of the return to inspectionsRead more