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.

Why partnerships with parents are vital in the fight for better funding


Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch blogs about why working in partnership with parents is crucial if the early years sector is to secure fair funding now, and in the years to come.Read more

Hello, 'big school' - managing transitions


Alliance quality and standards manager, Melanie Pilcher, shares ideas for getting children ready for moving up to school. This article originally appeared in the Alliance's ...Read more

Case study - Effective Leadership - free book extract


In this free extract from the Alliance publication, Effective Leadership for High Quality Early Years Practice, Michael Reed, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for...Read more

How can YOU influence early years policy?


By Caroline Graham

At the Pre-school Learning Alliance we want a society where every child enjoys opportunities to develop and learn through play.

Achieving this vision means early years providers must be properly supported...Read more

Planning an early years event - Picnic in the Park (part 2)


Claire Viola, County Administrator at the Bedfordshire and Luton Pre-school Learning Alliance office, spoke to us about her experiences planning the fantastic annual Picnic in the Park event in Luton, and shared her top tips for new event planners on running a successful event. Check out part 1 to read more about the background of the Picnic in the Park event, as well as Claire's tips on where to start when planning an early years event.Read more