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Webinar on importance of early years physical activity

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In this webinar Michael Freeston and Melanie Pilcher will reflect on the improvements to outdoor learning made across the early years, and consider the greater emphasis being placed by Ofsted on providing a broader range of...Read more

Smarter training - Professional development with the Alliance

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With so many changes in the sector, training and professional development is more important than ever. Michael Freeston, director of quality improvement at the Alliance, introduces a new solution: SMARTpd.
 

Apprenticeship success factors

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Ellie Lloyd, an apprentice with the Pre-school Learning Alliance, recently won NMT magazine’s Nursery Apprentice Award 2016. In this article, Velda Bartholomew, Operational Training Manager at the Alliance, reflects on the key factors which...Read more

Effective leadership for high quality early years practice: Inspiration for leaders and managers

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Are you new to leadership in your setting? Have you been a leader for some time and could you do with an opportunity to reflect on your role? Are you planning to study at Level 3 and 4? If so, this highly engaging and practical book is the...Read more

Providing First Aid training

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In response to the recent changes introduced regarding paediatric first aid, the Alliance has produced a guidance document explaining the requirements and how to evidence first aid activity in the setting entitled the First Aid Management...Read more

SMARTpd

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Introducing the Alliance’s bespoke approach to professional development: SMARTpd

Michael Freeston, Director of Quality Improvement at the Alliance, introduces the Alliance's new approach...Read more

What is the Apprenticeship Levy and who has to pay?

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Eve Smith, Training Administration Manager at the Pre-school Learning Alliance, discusses the upcoming changes to government-funded apprenticeships, and provides information on the governments apprenticeship levy.

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Pre-school Learning Alliance Case Study

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Lisa Stratford shares her experience of studying as an apprentice, discusses her progression through level 2, level 3 and higher education, and reflects on how the scheme has helped to shape her career so far within the sector.

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NCFE Cache: Level 4 Certificate

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Pat Townshend, Training Manager at the Pre-school Learning Alliance, shares information on the new Level 4 qualification from NCFE Cache, now available with the Alliance.

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The importance of portion sizes in the fight against childhood obesity

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Melanie Pilcher, Policy and Standards Manager at the Pre-school Learning Alliance, considers the findings of a recent survey from the Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF), which highlights portion sizes as a key public health strategy in the fight...Read more

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