About Us

The Pre-school Learning Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub serves around 300 members in Milton Keynes, Northants and Buckinghamshire including, pre-schools, day nurseries, toddler groups, nursery schools, childminders and individuals.

We directly manage two pre‑schools that deliver high quality, flexible and affordable childcare to families throughout the Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire area. 

Located in Milton Keynes is Eaglestone Pre‑school and located in Northampton is Dallington Pre‑school.  

We also provide a mobile creche service for children aged 0 to 5 years.


Training

We are an authorised training provider and our qualified tutors have a variety of specialisms bringing a breadth of knowledge and experience of the sector to the learning environment — meeting the needs of employers and practitioners. 

We are currently taking applications for Level 1, 2 & 3 qualification courses, 12 hour Paediatric First Aid Courses and various workshops including EYFS, Schemas - Cognitive Therapy Workshop, Promoting Positive Behaviour, Observation and Assessment, Managing an Ofsted Inspection.

Please contact Jeannette Batash on 01908 266685 or email trainingmk@pre-shool.org.uk  or visit our webpage located in Our Services - Training Courses.

 

Independent Support

Our Independent Supporters are trained volunteers who will be able to provide guidance to parents of all children and young people with special educational needs who would like support during transition to an Education Health Care (EHC) plan or when requesting an assessment. 

For more information please visit our MK Independant Supporters Programme page or contact Karen Caldbeck on 01908 266684 or karen.caldbeck@pre-school.org.uk.


Building Better Opportunities

 

Would you like help and advice on how to get back into work, start a business or find the right training for you? 

Need advice on funding and support accessing childcare?

Are you currently employed and looking to train or get back into work or would like individual support? 

Our Building Better Opportunities Advisor Emma Stace can help. 

For help and information please call 01908 266683 or email emma.stace@pre-school.org.uk

 


Toy Library

mk:toy library is a service provided by the Pre‑school Learning Alliance for pre‑schools, child minders and parents. We love to loan out educational and entertaining play equipment to suit babies and younger children. We have lots of toys and resources to suit settings, individuals and parties, which we lend out on a 3 week or weekly basis.  For more information please go to our toy library page or website www.mktoylibrary.co.uk.

Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer at one of our directly managed pre-schools, creches or toy library please contact our office.  

 

Contact us

For more infomation about any of our services and events please look under the Our Services tab on this website or contact our office on 01908 263700 or email trainingmk@pre-school.org.uk

For pre-school enquiries only, please contact Lynne Johnson on 01908 266687.

 

 

 

 

About us

Pre-school Learning Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub

2 Burners Lane

Kiln Farm

Milton Keynes

MK11 3HB

tel: 01908 263700

fax: 01908 567154

email: trainingmk@pre-school.org.uk

Pre-school Learning Alliance Staff, Milton Keynes

Service Manager - Lynne Johnson

tel: 01908 266687

email: lynne.johnson@pre-school.org.uk

Training Co-ordinator - Jeannette Batash

tel: 01908 266685

email: jeannette.batash@pre-school.org.uk

Independent Support Co-ordinator - Karen Caldbeck

tel: 01908 266684

email karen.caldbeck@pre-school.org.uk

Independent Support Worker - Hannah Kitchen

tel: 01908 266684

email hannah.kitchen@pre-school.org.uk

Creche Supervisor - Laura Wilkinson

tel: 01908 266689

email crechemk@pre-school.org.uk

Business Opportunities Advisor - Emma Stace

tel: 01908 266683

email emma.stace@pre-school.org.uk

mk:toy library enquiries - Naomi Sumpter and Nicola Boddington

tel: 07734 898208 (Thursdays & Fridays 9am - 2pm)

email mktoylibrary.help@gmail.com

 

The Milton Keynes office manages the Service Hubs of Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.

 

 

Our Services

Training Courses

The Pre‑school Learning Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub runs a variety of training courses to service the early years sector across Milton Keynes.

Please see our Training Brochure 16-17 for more information....

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Toy Library Service

What is mk:toy library?

mk:toy library is a service provided by the Milton Keynes Service Hub for pre‑schools, child minders and parents. We love to loan out...

Read more

Pre-schools

The Pre‑school Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub manages two pre‑schools, one in Milton Keynes and one in Northampstonshire that deliver high quality, flexible and affordable childcare to families.

Eaglestone Pre-school

Activity Centre

Harrier Court...

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Finance Services

Charity Account Services

Need help with your pre-schools payroll or bookkeeping? Our Finance Officer offers a comprehensive financial service.

An opportunity to lighten the load for your committee or managers. A local specialised service for early...

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MK Independent Supporters Programme

Independent Support in Milton Keynes

The Pre‑school Learning Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub has been awarded a contract to deliver the Independent Supporters Programme across Milton Keynes. The ...

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Mobile Creche

 

MK: pop up crèche is an Alliance childcare service based in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes.  We offer crèches in the community to children centres and other local business acroff Milton Keynes.  This enables parents and carers to access educational...

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Vacancies

Volunteer

Milton Keynes Pre-school Learning Alliance are currently looking for volunteers to help in our toy library and directly managed pre-schools.

Hours of work: Flexible (term time only)

Job Ref: VOL

Relief childcare practitioners...

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Events

mk:toy library

If you are interested in visiting mk:toy library to see what’s available, our toy library is open Thursdays and Friday 10am - 2pm.

Read more

Building Better Opportunities

 

Would you like advice on funding and support accessing childcare?

If you are looking to get back into work or training this is the...

Read more

Training Courses

The Pre‑school Learning Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub runs a variety of training courses to service the early years sector across Milton Keynes.

Please see our Training Brochure 16-17 for more information. 

These courses are open to all members of the public and membership of our organisation is not a requirement.

The Pre‑school Learning Alliance is endorsed by CACHE and the preferred provider of Milton Keynes Council to deliver Level 3 training in Early Years Education and Care.

Qualification Courses

  • CACHE Level 1 Award in Caring for Children
  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate in an Introducation to Early Years Education & Care
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • CACHE Level 3 by Distance Learning
  • CACHE L3 Award in preparing to work in Homebased Childcare
 
Workshops
  • Getting to Grips with EYFS
  • Schemas - Cognitive Therapy 
  • Learn to Talk ‘Sustained Shared Thinking’ 
  • Wellbeing & Involvement 
  • Managing your Ofsted Inspection
  • Pension Workshop
  • Becoming a Committee Member 
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour 
  • Fun with Maths 
  •  
First Aid Course
  • 12 Hour Paediatric First Aid Course meeting the requirements of Ofsted and EYFS

Level 2 & 3 Course funding criteria:-

  • Full funding is available to all 16 – 18 year old UK residents.
  • Full funding available to 16 years olds and over who are employed with a contract containing apprenticeship agreement for a minimum of 16 hours per week. 

Applicants not eligible for funding may pay for their course fee by 10 monthly instalments.

Level 3 learners not eligible for funding can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

A Pre-enrolment day is held before the start of a Level 1, 2, & 3 course to assess the learners numeracy, literacy and writing skills as well as previous qualifications and experience to determine which course is most appropriate. Learners cannot be accepted onto a Level 1, 2 & 3 course until they have attended the Pre-Enrolment Day.

We are currently booking on to these courses:

Level 2 Certificate in Early Years Education & Care (QCF) / Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education & Care (Early Years Educator)

Course Date: Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Duration: Tuesdays at 9.30am - 2.30pm over 1 year during term time.  (24 sessions in the classroom)

Course Fee Level 2: £1600 (Fully funded through the apprenticeship scheme or to learners receiving eligible benefits)             

Course Fee Level 3: £2882 with £150 discount to PSLA members (Fully funded through the apprenticeship scheme or advanced learner loan)


Venue: Pre-school Learning Alliance, 2 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes

Pre-Enrolment Day: Tuesday 18th September 2018 at 9.30am - 2.30pm (whole session)

 

12 Hour Paediatric First Aid Course

Course Date: Monday 11th & Monday 18th June at 9.30am - 4.30pm

Duration: Two sessions each Monday

Course Fee: £80 PSLA Members / £85 Non PSLA Members

Venue: Pre-school Learning Alliance, 2 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes

 

Schemas - Cognitive Therapy 3 Hour Workshop

Piaget introduced the term schema through his work on cognitive development.  This 3 hour workshop will help participants explore this theory and the preoperational stage where learning takes place through play.

Workshop Date: Wednesday  20th June 2018 at 6.30am - 9.30pm

Venue: Pre‑school Learning Alliance, 2 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes

Course Fee: £35 member groups / £50 non member groups

 

Observation & Assessment 3 Hour Prevent Workshop

Workshop Date: Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 6.30 - 9.30pm

Venue: Pre-school Learning Alliance, 2 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes MK11 3HB

Cost:  Private, Voluntary and Independent providers, including Childminders £35.00.  Schools and Academies £50.00

 

Fun with Maths 3 Hour Prevent Workshop

Workshop Date: Wednesday June 2018 at 6.30 - 9.30pm

Venue: Pre-school Learning Alliance, 2 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes MK11 3HB

Cost:  Private, Voluntary and Independent providers, including Childminders £35.00.  Schools and Academies £50.00

 

Getting to Grips with EYFS Workshop

Workshop for New Practitioners working at an Ofsted Registered Early Years Providers (2 x 3hour sessions)

Workshop Dates: September 2018 (2 x 3 hour evenings)

Venue: Pre‑school Learning Alliance, 2 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes

See EYFS Flyer for more information. This workshop is funded by Milton Keynes Council for all Ofsted Registered Early Years Providers.

Course Fee: £50 member groups / £70 non member groups

 

Managing Your Ofsted Inspection 3 Hour Workshop

Aims to give early years practitioners an overview of the inspection framework and help them prepare for the inspection.   It will focus on the components of Ofsted’s evaluation schedule and what inspectors will be looking for. Participants will be given strategies to support them in evaluating the effectiveness of their teaching and learning against the inspection criteria.  Peer observation will also be explained as a means by which practitioners can prepare themselves and their colleagues to take part in Ofsted’s joint observation.

Workshop Date: Wednesdays July 2018

Venue: Pre-school Learning Alliance, 2 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes MK11 3HB

Cost:  Private, Voluntary and Independent providers, including Childminders £35.00.  Schools and Academies £50.00



Membership of the Pre-school Learning Alliance is not necessary to attend these courses.

If you live near a county border you may find you can access training nearer to you in another county. Funding would come from the county in which you work. Please contact the local Pre‑school Learning Alliance Office below for further advice.

The courses offered by Milton Keynes Pre‑school Learning Alliance are available to download Training Brochure 16–17

If you would like to apply for any of our training courses please complete the Application Form and return to Jeannette Batash, Pre-school Learning Alliance, 2 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes MK11 3HB courses.

 

Toy Library Service

What is mk:toy library?

mk:toy library is a service provided by the Milton Keynes Service Hub for pre‑schools, child minders and parents. We love to loan out educational and entertaining play equipment to suit babies and younger children. We have lots of toys and resources to suit settings, individuals and parties, which we lend out on a 3 week or weekly basis

We have two services weekly loan of larger party/outdoor play equipment and long-term loan of Discovery Boxes.

Our Weekly Loan equipment starts from £15 for a week and includes a range of packages some with bouncy castles aimed at older toddlers and pre‑schoolers and a toddler package for babies and younger toddlers, as well as outdoor play equipment. Visit our  weekly loans page for more information. Members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance receive a 10% discount on their Weekly Loan booking.

Our Discovery Boxes are themed around a particular topic such as Space, Transport or Magnets and cost £5 for 3 weeks (minimum spend £10). These themed Discovery Boxes contain a range of games, toys, books, role play equipment or learning resources as well as ideas for extending activities. Some of the Boxes aren’t actually boxes but equipment such as larger games or physical play equipment, check out the Long-term Loan (Discovery Box) page for more information. Members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance can loan boxes for FREE.

We also have a range of specialised SEN equipment which is available for loan to families with a particular need, long‑term loan of this equipment can be arranged in person.

Visit the mk:toy library website which has an online catalogue of all our toys.

Why does Milton Keynes need mk:toy library?

The members of the Pre‑school Learning Alliance believe that all children are entitled to play. Play is a valuable way to learn and the aim of mk:toy library is to allow all children to have access to a variety of different play equipment and resources.

We have a large selection of specialist SEN equipment that is available to borrow on a medium to long term basis.

Some of our most popular items come from our Party Equipment range. Whether you are throwing a party in a community centre, garden or front room we have lots of exciting toys to put a smile on your young child’s face.

Why do people use mk:toy library?

The equipment we have is available to borrow at reasonable hire charges. You have to collect and bring back to Kiln Farm. We have years of experience at knowing what children enjoy, so we can advise you on getting the most out of the equipment.

History of mk:toy library

The toy library was established in 1986 but had a grand opening event in 2000 at Greenleys Community Centre with former actress and MP Glenda Jackson cutting the ribbon. Glenda was President of the National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries. In April 2014 mk:toy library relocated to the offices of the Pre‑school Learning Alliance at Kiln Farm due to a reduction in its funding and it is now managed by volunteers. In March 2015 mk:toy library introduced online booking for party equipment and then in September 2015 to online booking of Discovery Boxes.

Glenda Jackson MP opening the Toy Library in 2000

We want to provide the best possible service to local families, childminders, pre‑schools, nurseries and schools looking after children under five. Our mission statement is ‘To help children to succeed, create childcare that families need and to build learning communities’.

Visit www.mktoylibrary.co.uk which has an online catalogue of all our toys.

Volunteering at mk:toy library

We have two regular volunteers working in mk:toy library on a Thursday morning. The volunteers sort toys, prepare marketing materials and prepare party packs. If you could spare some time we would love to hear from you.

To use mk:toy library

Please note that we only accept cash or cheque payments as we do not have credit card facilities.

tel: 01908 263700

email: mktoylibrary.help@gmail.com

visit: On Thursdays 10.30am - 12pm (term time)

Pre‑school Learning Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub

2 Burners Lane

Kiln Farm

MK11 3HB

Press the buzzer for mk:toy library to be let in and we are on the first floor. Unfortunately we are not very accessible so please don’t bring a pram. Children are the responsibility of their carers whilst visiting mk:toy library.

Pre-schools

The Pre‑school Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub manages two pre‑schools, one in Milton Keynes and one in Northampstonshire that deliver high quality, flexible and affordable childcare to families.

Eaglestone Pre-school

Activity Centre

Harrier Court

Eaglestone

MK6 5BZ



tel: 07595 280 323

email: eaglestone@pre‑school.org.uk

web: Eaglestone Pre‑school 

Dallington Pre-school

Old School Rooms

Dallington Green

Northampton

NN5 7HW



tel: 07955 245118

email: dallington@pre‑school.org.uk

web: Dallington Pre‑school

 

Please visit the relevant website for information on registering your child with one of our pre‑schools, opening times and further details of how we will support your child to develop.

 

Finance Services

Charity Account Services

Need help with your pre-schools payroll or bookkeeping? Our Finance Officer offers a comprehensive financial service.

An opportunity to lighten the load for your committee or managers. A local specialised service for early years settings, charities and community groups.

We offer a payroll service, which includes:

  • Monthly payroll processing
  • Payslips for each employee
  • Holiday pay advice
  • Year end processing and reports
  • HMRC returns submitted online

Contact Sheila Harrison for the payroll pack and information on the services that we currently offer to help your organisation.

 

tel: 01908 263700

email: sheila.harrison@pre‑school.org.uk

MK Independent Supporters Programme

Independent Support in Milton Keynes

The Pre‑school Learning Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub has been awarded a contract to deliver the Independent Supporters Programme across Milton Keynes. The Council for Disabled Children commissioned this service in September 2014.

Independent Supporters have been independently trained by the Council for Disabled Children and are managed locally by two Pre‑school Learning Alliance Independent Support Co‑ordinators. This service will provide focused support around EHC Plans. Your Independent Supporter will always signpost you to the best place for any other support you may need outside this process.

  • Are you starting the needs assessment journey to an Education Health Care Plan for your child?
  • Is your child’s Statement of special educational needs being converted to an EHC Plan?
  • Do you need support with the process of developing an EHC Plan?

Our Independent Supporters also have trained volunteers who will be able to provide guidance to parents of all children and young people with special educational needs who would like support during transition to an Education Health Care (EHC) plan or when requesting an assessment.

Quotes from families as follows

"Thank you for coming out to see me today.  Your support really is invaluable"

"I really didn't want to attend the meeting at school today but knowing you were there made me feel stronger, I couldn't have done it without you".

"I am so grateful and feeling a bit positive now.  It's good to know you're not alone!"

If you would like to request the support of an Independent Supporter please get in touch:

MK Independent Supporters Programme

Karen Caldbeck (Independent Support Co-ordinator)

tel: 01908 266684

email: Karen.caldbeck@pre‑school.org.uk

We would like to recruit committed ‘Independent Supporters’ volunteers to help with the project who will play a crucial role in the by supporting families and young people on a one to one basis.  Every independent supporter receives a structured induction programme, free CPD training delivered by the Council for Disabled Children to ensure high quality support is offered to families and are managed locally by two Pre‑school Learning Alliance Independent Support Co‑ordinators.

Interested in making a real difference to others?

Have a look at our volunteer advert and for more information our volunteer job description.

Leaflet 1

Leaflet 2

 

Useful Links

youngminds.org.uk

Incontrol.org.uk

ipsea.org.uk

specialneedsjungle.com

nnpcf.org.uk

sheffkids.co.uk

kids.org.uk

pacamk.org

Milton Keynes SENDIAS

Adult and Social Care Access Team

Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Team

Aspects Youth Club

CAMHS

MK ASD Parent Facebook Support Group

NAS Milton Keynes Branch

Carers MK

Young Carers Milton Keynes

Supporting Xtra Special Families

Mobile Creche

 

MK: pop up crèche is an Alliance childcare service based in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes.  We offer crèches in the community to children centres and other local business acroff Milton Keynes.  This enables parents and carers to access educational courses either on a long term basis or as a one off crèche.

 

Our committted, friendly and well-qualified team provides high qualify care and learning opportunities for children aged between birth-5 years.  We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively work in partnership with parents and childrens centres.

 

All crèche supervisors are qualified to an NVQ level 3 in Early Years and Childcare or above and a staff employed has an enhanced DBS disclosure.

During our crèches we promote healthy eating within our sessions and have been awarded our Smile Award in recognition of this.

 

For further information or any queries please contact

Laura Wilkinson

tel: 01908 266688 or 07718404592

email:crechemk@pre‑school.org.uk

 

Vacancies

Volunteer

Milton Keynes Pre-school Learning Alliance are currently looking for volunteers to help in our toy library and directly managed pre-schools.

Hours of work: Flexible (term time only)

Job Ref: VOL

Relief childcare practitioners

The Pre‑school Learning Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub directly manages two pre‑schools in the area, Eaglestone and Dallington. We also operate an early years crèche service supplying high quality childcare for children’s centres and charities and leading play sessions in other community buildings in Milton Keynes. The team has a diverse portfolio and the work is varied.

We are seeking to employ a Relief Childcare Practitioner to join our long‑established, experienced team of crèche childcare practitioners.

Practitioners will be called upon, sometimes at short notice, to cover staff shortages or work within our crèche team, although there are no guaranteed hours of work. Invariably the work is term time and during school hours.

You will need to have some experience of working with children in order to be suitable for the Relief Childcare Practitioners role. The Pre‑school Learning Alliance is committed to providing training for all its employees.

As a flexible agency worker you will be responsible for the provision of care and appropriate learning opportunities for children in the setting and will supervise the children and protect them from dangerous or harmful situations.

Hours: Variable (term time and during school hours), there are no guaranteed hours of work.

Interview date: To be confirmed

All offers of employment are subject to receipt of a DBS (CRB) Enhanced Disclosure and successful completion of Pre‑school Vetting and Barring Procedures.

For further details and an application form contact the Pre‑school Learning Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub, 2 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes , MK11 3HB, telephone 01908 263700. CV’s will not be considered.

The charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and equal opportunities in employment .

All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the above post(s) will be offered an interview.

Job Type: Contract

Sessional Tutors — Milton Keynes & Northampton

Salary: £17.50 – £19 per hour (depending on location and type of training)

Job reference: ET10

We are looking for suitable candidates to deliver training in the following counties: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northants, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The Pre‑school Learning Alliance manages a list of approved tutors (a tutor bank) who are employed using fixed term contracts. You will be responsible for planning and delivering (teaching) a range of qualification and training courses in accordance with the quality assurance standards of the Pre‑school Learning Alliance.

We are looking for experienced early year’s tutors with knowledge of the National Occupational Standards in Child Care and Education and the Early Years Foundation Stage. Inclusion in the tutor bank does not guarantee the offer of work.

A qualification in teaching adults, e.g. PTTLS, CTTLS, DTTLS

C&G 7307; ASCETT; Cert Ed; PGCE (F.E.) or equivalent is required.

Applications only accepted and interviews are held throughout the year

For further details please contact:

The Training Centre

Pre‑school Learning Alliance

The Old Power Station

The Slade

Tonbridge

TN9 1HR

Tel: 01732 363070

Please complete the tutor application form and enclose an A4 SAE if contacting us by post, and ensure you quote the job reference number.

 

 

Events

mk:toy library

If you are interested in visiting mk:toy library to see what’s available, our toy library is open Thursdays and Friday 10am - 2pm.

Building Better Opportunities

 

Would you like advice on funding and support accessing childcare?

If you are looking to get back into work or training this is the project for you.

We help to support disadvantaged people into employment or self-employment. 

We will address the barriers participant’s face and aim to help them overcome individual barriers to support back into work or training.  Each participant will be assessed and personalised programmes monitored throughout.  For example;

  • Getting childcare arrangements through links with two/three year funding, Pre Schools, nurseries etc.
  • Training opportunities available locally
  • Individual based support, working with the most vulnerable participants to enhance life freedom.  No short term time limit.
  • Working in partnership with the Building Better Opportunities team to help tailor to individual needs. 

For more information please contact Emma Stace on emma.stace@pre-school.rg.uk or 07808 039012

 

Childcare

Pre-school Learning Alliance Milton Keynes Service Hub
2 Burners Lane
Kiln Farm
Milton Keynes
Bucks
MK11 3HB
United Kingdom
Tel: 01908 263700