North division

Pre-school Learning Alliance North Division

Environment and Business Centre
Merlyn Rees Avenue
Morley
Leeds
LS27 9SL
Tel: 0113 252 2848
Fax: 0113 238 3773
Email: northdivision@pre-school.org.uk

North Division

The North Division area covers a significant part of the country, starting at the Scottish Borders and stretching down to the Humber and the Wirral, taking in South Yorkshire, Calderdale and Cheshire.

North division covers:

  • Cumbria
  • Lancashire
  • Cheshire
  • Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
  • Durham
  • North Yorkshire
  • Shipley & Keighley
  • Leeds
  • West Yorkshire – Calderdale, Wakefield and Dewsbury
  • South Yorkshire- Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster
  • York
  • The Humber

This division is made up of sub-committees, divided by county, that connect with local Alliance members and provide support services for parents and young children.

Cheshire sub-committee delivers a wide range of training courses to practitioners and volunteers. It also offers bespoke training on complex areas, delivered in individual settings. A consultancy service is available to assist settings on a range of topics including writing and updating polices; safer recruitment; pre-Ofsted inspection; induction and support to volunteers. We are currently delivering a range of training sessions in the Wirral. Regular Alliance Communities meetings are held across the county.

Lancashire sub-committee delivers a wide range of training courses to practitioners and volunteers. It also offers bespoke training, delivered in individual settings. A consultancy service is available to assist settings on a range of topics including writing and updating polices; safer recruitment; pre-Ofsted inspection; induction and support to volunteers. Regular Alliance Communities meetings are held across the county.

Cumbria sub-committee offers a telephone helpline service to settings and can also offer a consultancy service and bespoke training.

North Yorkshire sub-committee is currently delivering training courses in several areas across the county, including Selby and Scarborough. These courses include healthy eating, managing money, and supporting volunteers. The sub-committee also offers a consultancy service and bespoke training sessions.

Leeds sub-committee covers the Leeds area and delivers family learning sessions in several children’s centres and other venues across the city. We also offer a crèche service for hire. In addition, the sub-committee runs Cookridge Pre-School in North West Leeds.

Shipley & Keighley sub-committee covers the Bradford area and works in partnership with Bradford Council and offers support to baby & toddler groups across the area. We also deliver safeguarding and paediatric first aid training courses. In addition we are working with a number of Children’s Centres delivering stay and play sessions and supporting the establishment of new baby & toddler groups.

The Humber and York sub-committee covers five local authority areas; Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, City of York, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

In Kingston upon Hull we provide support to offenders and their families by providing and facilitating the prison play centre. The centre offers a safe, warm and stimulating environment for children aged 0-19 to come together with their families whilst visiting HMP Hull. We also offer additional family learning days as an enhanced package.

We are the preferred supplier of crèche provision in Children’s Centres and community hubs to support training, learning and development of parenting and employability skills.

In the East Riding of Yorkshire we are contracted by the Local Authority to provide crèche provision to support training, learning, employability and parenting skills in Children’s Centres in Anlaby, Beeford, Beverley, Brough, Cottingham, Driffield, Goole, Goole old town, Hedon, Hessle, Hornsea, Market Weighton, Pocklington and Withernsea.

We also provide a continuous rolling programme of family learning opportunities and offer support  to families visiting HMP Humber (formerly HMP Wolds) by facilitating a prison play centre within the prison and in the outside visitors centre in South Cave.

In North East Lincolnshire we run a 40 place sessional pre-school, Mosaic Childcare Centre. The pre-school is situated in an area of deprivation and offers a stimulating and caring evironment mainly for two-year-olds.

We are also the preferred supplier of crèche provision in Children’s Centres and community hubs to support training, learning and development of parenting and employability skills.

The sub-committee offers a payslip service to its members. The aim of the service is to take the worry out of meeting the Government’s legal requirements when paying employees, keeping the correct records and ensuring that groups know how much to pay the Revenue & Customs each month/quarter.

The Durham sub-committee covers three Local Authority areas; Durham County Council, Redcar and Cleveland Council and Darlington Borough Council.

The sub-committee delivers a wide range of family learning courses and workshops to satisfy local priorities such as childhood obesity, early year’s attainment and pre-employability. This is achieved by working with families in baby & toddler groups, children’s centres and schools.  We also deliver a wide range of accredited and non-accredited adult learning and qualification courses.

The sub-committee is supporting its members by facilitating Alliance community meetings where members can come together and discuss current issues affecting the early year’s sector. Members can also receive discounts on training and publications.

Growing through music is an innovative project that is being delivered in Durham Dales, North Yorkshire and East Durham Rural with funding from Youth Music. The project involves delivering music and movement sessions in baby & toddler groups. This year it includes supporting parents with baby signing.

South Yorkshire sub-committee covers four Local Authority areas; Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.

A Support and Advice Officer is providing support to members on a variety of issues affecting early year’s settings especially on requirements for Ofsted, local priorities and signposting to other services.

Accredited and non-accredited training courses and workshops are being delivered predominantly in Sheffield at the moment.

Each term the Sub-Committee has been able to provide a little extra support to early years groups in the area which has enabled many young children to benefit from equipment, projects and ideas that ultimately support their development, well-being and happiness. This is possible because of the Bee Fund which is money donated anonymously and managed by a small panel from the sub-committee and a representative of the benefactor.

Groups are encouraged to apply to the fund with a brief description about their project and details about their group. We ask for photos of the equipment bought or description of the event held and we also often receive cards made by the children thanking the Bee Fund.

The sub-committee is supporting its members by facilitating Alliance community meetings where members can come together and discuss current issues affecting the early year’s sector. Members can also receive discounts on training and publications.

West Yorkshire (South) sub-committee covers three Local Authority areas; Kirklees, Wakefield and Calderdale.

We directly manage 3 Early Years settings within Kirklees, Thornton Lodge Early Years Centre, Linthwaite Clough Community Childcare Group and Central Avenue Community Childcare Group. We also run a well-established crèche service delivering all the crèche provision and the majority of stay and play sessions across all of Kirklees Children’s Centres.

An extensive training programme is running from our training room in Dewsbury offering accredited and non-accredited training courses, qualification courses and workshops. This programme can also include in-house training to settings.

The payslip service is popular with settings and has provided support with the auto enrolment for pensions. This service takes the worry out of meeting the Government’s legal requirements when paying employees, keeping the correct records and ensuring that groups know how much to pay the Revenue & Customs each month/quarter.

The sub-committee is supporting its members by facilitating Alliance Community meetings where members can come together and discuss current issues affecting the early years sector. Members can also receive discounts on training and publications.