We believe that a united sector is a strong sector. That’s why we work in partnership with other early years organisations, and the government, to make sure that your needs and concerns are represented in the most powerful way at the highest level.

Campaigns enable us to join together with sector partners to influence change and make a really big difference. 

Working with government

We regularly work directly with government ministers and officials to inform their work on important issues, such as early years qualifications, managing infections in settings and the free entitlement scheme.

We are a member of the Department for Education’s (DfE's) strategic partner group, which helps influence the development of early years policy. The DfE is also currently funding an Alliance project to develop 15 professional development networks across the country with the aim of improving provision quality across 225 settings. Through these networks, practitioners can access workshops on a range of topics including the effective use of the early years pupil premium, preparing for the common inspection framework and managing unwanted behaviour.

Our campaigns 

Inspiring a Future in Childcare

We are supporting the Inspiring a Future in Childcare campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the number of opportunities for employment in the childcare industry and encourage more people, especially young people, into the early years sector.

Early Years Agenda

Our Early Years Agenda campaign calls on the Department for Education (DfE) to take a child-focused, evidence-based approach to early years policy. To support this campaign, we produced the Early Years Agenda manifesto, which outlines our key calls to government. The manifesto has been endorsed by several sector organisations and experts, including Pacey, TACTYC and Early Education.

Better without Baseline

We are part of the cross-sector Better without Baseline campaign. We are calling for baseline assessments(tests for children carried out at the beginning of reception) to be scrapped. We believe that they will create a stressful environment for children, and cause children to be incorrectly labelled as failing.

Summer-Born Campaign

We support the Summer-Born Campaign, which is calling on government to allow parents of summer-born children to delay their child’s entry into reception.

Save our Early Years

We are backing the Save our Early Years cross-sector campaign, which is calling for functional skills to be accepted as GCSE equivalents to enable EYE practitioners with these qualifications to be counted in ratios at Level 3. 

What else should we campaign about?

As the voice of the early years, we are committed to standing up to government and speaking out on behalf of the sector when needed. We are always keen to hear your thoughts, ideas and comments on the work we are doing to represent you. If you would like to contact us about our campaigns, please email