Free EduCare training

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We believe flexible and comprehensive training is invaluable in supporting practitioners to deliver quality services.

Our special partnership with EduCare, the award-winning CPD-training provider, gives Alliance members FREE access to valuable, distance-learning courses every year.

If you're a member of the Alliance, you'll get free access to EduCare for you and your team* including childcare workers and assistants, pre-school leaders, nursery assistants and cooks.

*member early years settings can add 30 learners as standard. Further places can be added as required. Terms and conditions apply — please contact us.

Theories Underpinning the EYFSNew FREE course available now!

Theories underpinning the EYFS

This course:

  • Looks at the psychological theories of early childhood learning and development that inform the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Refreshes the knowledge and understanding of level 3 and above qualified practitioners and provides an introduction to psychological theories of learning and development to those who are new to the early years sector.
  • Outlines the interrelationships of physical, emotional and cognitive factors in a child’s early development and considers the early years practitioner’s role in supporting young children’s secure attachment, learning and development.

Please note: Before you can take part in this course you will need to ensure you have registered with EduCare's new learning platform. See below for details.

Important changes to your training with EduCare

EduCare has launched a new and improved platform for Alliance learners.

Access to the previous system is now no longer available. 

Click here to log in to the new platform

If you are the main contact for Alliance membership, you should have already received an email containing login information which enables you, as administrator, to access the new system and upload your learmer details. If you have not received your login email, then please get in touch here

If you are not the main contact (administrator) and would like to access your learning then you should, in the first instance, speak with your administrator. They can simply add you as a learner, giving you immediate access to your learning.

Or, if you are an Alliance member but have not yet registered with EduCare to receive your FREE CPD-training, you do not need to do anything. The main contact named on your membership application form will automatically receive an enrolment invitation email from us.


Alliance members receive the following courses FREE:   

A guide to employing an Early Years Apprentice

Being Safe: Effective First Aid Management in your setting 

Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning 

Characteristics of Effective Leaders

Effective Safeguarding Practice

Effective Use of the Early Years Pupil Premium

Equality and Inclusion in Early Years Settings

Getting to grips with the EYFS (2017)

Implementing the GDPR 

Improving children's learning through play

Infection prevention and control in an early years setting

Managing Your Ofsted Inspection 2017

Promoting positive behaviour

Providing a Healthy Food Environment in Early Years Settings

Reflective practice in the Early Years

Setting up your Childminding Service

Special Education Needs and Disability

Supporting Children with SEND in the Early Years

Supporting Early Language Development

Sustained Shared Thinking in the Early Years

The Prevent Duty in an Early Years Environment

The Role of Trustees in Delivering the EYFS

Understanding Children’s Rights


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