Regional Action Learning Sets

The partnership, led by CDC are providing strategic support through a series of three regional action learning sets (ALS) in each of the five regions, which will take place over the 18 months of the Programme.

The day is designed to support you with the review and development of local plans, which you may have started as part of the earlier CDC project. We will also share information about a significant amount of training designed primarily for settings managers that is available across the regions. 

Representatives will then come together to review progress in their local area, using a self-review tool developed by CDC, and to plan action for local follow up.

Find the resources used for regional ALSs here.

Why attend an Action Learning Set?

  • Celebrate good practice across the region and learn from each other;
  • Review local progress on early years, SEN and disability;
  • Learn about the training being provided by our partners;
  • Learn about additional support that may be available to you in progressing local plans;
  • Take a strategic approach to access and inclusion in the early years.

Key to our success will be the extent to which we can bring together different teams, from education, health and social care, and from each local area. Our goal is a high level of joint attendance at regional workshops and joint action plans to support a strategic approach.

Who should attend?

There are three to five places available for each local area. It is for each local area to decide who should attend, and we understand that attendance will be partially determined by availability. We would recommend attendance is drawn from:

  • Health, for example, health visitor, therapist, DMO, DCO;
  • Local authority SEN team;
  • Local authority early years team;
  • Early years providers;
  • Social care;
  • Information, Advice and Support Services;
  • Representatives of parents/carers

How to sign up

Please find below a list of ALS dates and, where possible information about locations and where to sign-up:

West Midlands

ALS 2: 27th September 2019. Find the slides here

ALS 3: SAVE THE DATE, 7th February 2020, Maple House, Birmingham, sign up here

Yorkshire and Humber

ALS 2: September 30th, 2019. Find the slides here

ALS 3: SAVE THE DATE, March 5th 2020, West Offices, York, sign up here

North East

ALS 2: 10th July 2019 Find the slides here 

ALS 3: 13th Jan 2020, Radisson Blu, sign up here

East Midlands

ALS 2: 21st June 2019. Find the slides here

ALS 3:  6th December 2019, New Parks House, Leicester, sign up here

North West

ALS 2: 17th June 2019​. Find the slides here

ALS 3: 19th November 2019, St Thomas' Centre, Manchester, sign up here

For more information about any of these events please contact


PLEASE NOTE: There are limited places available per local area. If you register and find you cannot select your local area please contact us and you will be added to a waiting list.