Supporting early years providers through Covid-19 and beyond


The Alliance is producing a series of free resources that will help managers, practitioners and committee members of settings that are closed, who are beginning to consider what a phased return to re-opening fully may look like.Read more

Why the DfE's proposed changes to the early learning goals are flawed


The DfE is currently consulting on proposed changes to the EYFS with a focus on the proposed new early learning goals. But there are genuine concerns about whether the new goals can succeed, argues the Alliance's Melanie Pilcher.Read more

General Election 2019: The proposals on childcare  


As the UK readies itself for an election on 12 December, political parties have been attempting to secure the votes of parents with the offer of funded childcare. 

Gill Jones: Ofsted’s new inspections – what did we learn from the pilots?


Between the launch of the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) consultation and the framework taking effect, Ofsted carried out more than 100 pilot visits to different types of early years settings. So what did they learn from them?Read more

The EIF: Conveying intent, implementation and impact in your curriculum


The Education Inspection Framework (Ofsted 2019) places greater emphasis on your approach to curriculum with Ofsted stating that ‘curriculum’ is what is taught and ‘teaching’ is how curriculum content is taught.Read more

Cultural capital in the EIF: what you need to know


The term Cultural Capital has been added to Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), due to come into effect in September. Here, Alliance quality and standards director Michael Freeston explains what it means for the early years.Read more

A new inspection approach

Gill Jones, early education deputy director at Ofsted, shares some updates on the new Education Inspection Framework, coming into place in SeptemberRead more

Can the GCSE U-turn solve recruitment difficulties?


CEEDA are independent research experts who are currently running the About Early Years (AEY) research programme with support from the Alliance and other sector partners. Here Dr Jo Verrill, CEEDA's Managing Director,...Read more

Minimum wage: keeping up-to-date with changes

By Rachel Lawler

Myth vs fact: Data protection


Rebecca Reilly-Cooper, senior policy officer at the Information Commissioner’s Office, clears up some common data protection myths in this piece, which originally featured in the Alliance's membership magazine...Read more


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