Local and community

The Alliance was established in 1961 as a community-led movement by parents to meet the childcare needs of families locally.

We understand more than most that local communities differ enormously from area to area - isolated communities require very different childcare services to families living in densely populated urban areas. There is no one size fits all model of childcare.

Developing close partnerships with local authorities, relevant childcare agencies and related family support services enable providers to share limited early years funding sources more effectively across an area.

The Alliance supports members through our active network of 45 subcommittees who work in close partnership with over 150 partners, including local authorities, community organisations and funding agencies across England. This enables us to reach and deliver a range of early years services to over 800,000 families with young children every year.

We also work in partnership with local families in other ways - through our parent forums, volunteer groups, childcare and drop-in services, adult learning programmes, specialist services for families with complex or different needs living in isolated or hard to reach communities and deliver family advice centres.

If you're interested in developing a partnership with the Alliance, contact your nearest divisional office.