Supporting the early years sector

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Strong Early Years London

Partner: The Mayor of London, Ceeda


The Alliance is working with the Mayor of London and Ceeda offering business support to London's early years providers through an initiative called Strong Early Years London.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has invested £150,000 in the programme to help support London’s under pressure nurseries and childminders - recognising that London's early years sector is essential in preparing children for school, reducing the inequality gap and helping parents and carers return to work.

Strong Early Years London provides London’s nurseries and childminders with a sector-specific one-stop-shop on the London Business Hub. 

The programme includes a dedicated online business hub and sector-focused consultancy service.

The online business hub allows London’s nurseries, pre-schools and childminders to access a range of sector-specific advice and guidance all in one place, including:

  • blogs
  • webinars
  • ‘Business Connect’ interactive online events exploring topics such as digital marketing, effective staff recruitment and management, business health checks and budget forecasting.
  • information about upcoming business-advisory events
  • links to dedicated local authority services and wider support for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The project is being led by the Early Years Alliance and delivered in collaboration with London boroughs and other training providers.

It will also deliver up to three hours of expert consultancy services to providers to help business owners and managers identify their specific development needs and offer tailored one-to-one support via video meet or telephone.

Nursery and pre-school managers and childminders are invited to visit the early years and childminding page within the London Business Hub page to register their interest in one-to-one consultancy.

To date nearly 400 early years business leaders have benefited from the online business hub services, which are accessed via the early years and childminding page.

Visit the London Business Hub Early Years and Childminding page

Early Years Development Services 

Partner: Southend Borough Council

Location: Southend


Working in partnership with Southend Borough Council the Early Years Alliance provides advice and support to early years and childcare providers to ensure high quality practice for all children within Southend. 

The type of advice and support that is offered ranges from enabling environments, safeguarding, safer recruitment, and risk assessment. Providers are also challenged and supported in preparation for Ofsted inspections. 

The development team plays a key role in the communication and workforce development functions of the service. 

The Early Years Resource Page on the Southend Learning Network site is available to all Southend providers including schools, which is monitored and updated regularly. It contains current Government legislation, Ofsted documents and all Early Years paperwork including Provider Handbooks and Parent Funding Declaration Forms. 

Training is arranged for the childcare workforce in all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage and to degree level. Training also includes a rolling programme of Safeguarding including Level 2, Refresher and Designated Person. 

The team also contribute to LSCB safeguarding meetings and link closely with the Local Authority Safeguarding Team and the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). 

The team can be contacted via email 

Kirklees Early Years Training

Partner: Learning and Early Support, Kirklees Local Authority 

Location: Kirklees, West Yorkshire


Offering a range of high quality CPD training to local early years providers which supports the fundamentals of good practice and strives to develop the knowledge and skills of the early years' workforce.  

The project:

  • Delivers a comprehensive training programme on all aspects of early years provision including regulatory requirements, best practice and preparation for inspection.  
  • Delivers training workshops and materials to provide educators with increased knowledge and skills in key subject areas. 
  • Prepares providers to support families to engage parents/carers in their child's early learning and development.  
  • Offers professional development activities so educators can contribute effectively to multi-agency meetings and other key activities.  

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