Pre-school Learning Alliance to become the Early Years Alliance

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The Pre-school Learning Alliance will be changing its name to the Early Years Alliance from next year as part of plans to re-brand.

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Neil Leitch says that the move to becoming the Early Years Alliance reflects the organisation's representation of providers from across the early years sector

It has also announced a series of membership changes to be made in early 2019.

Other changes will include investment into new membership systems to provide more tailored support to all members and a review of existing membership benefits and packages to ensure that providers are getting the support they need.

The Alliance announced the plans, made in response to feedback from members, in an email to members and supporters yesterday (29 October).

A survey is now open to all members and supporters to help inform the future direction of the charity at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AllianceMembers2018.

Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch said, ‘We know that these are incredibly challenging times for the early years sector. That's why we've been working hard to find out from our members what more we can do to support them, and provide the advice, guidance and resources they need to deliver quality, sustainable care and education.

‘We're incredibly excited about the planned changes to our membership offers, and the improved support that these will give to providers in the long term, and encourage all members and supporters of the Alliance to take the opportunity to feedback their views on our next steps and long-term future direction.’

On the plans to change the Alliance's name, Mr Leitch added, ‘The Alliance has long been proud to represent providers from across the early years sector, and the move to becoming the Early Years Alliance simply ensures that our name accurately reflects this.

‘We of course remain fully committed to supporting our pre-school members, alongside those from nurseries, childminders and other institutions and individuals such as local authorities and students. These changes to our name and logo will form just one part of the important changes we are making to ensure that the sector has a strong, unwavering united voice at a time of ever-increasing pressure on the sector.’

The Pre-school Learning Alliance says it has a membership of 14,000 settings in England, helping them deliver care and learning to more than 800,000 families every year. 

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