Pre-school Learning Alliance for Gateshead, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

The Pre-school Learning Alliance (PSLA) is the largest early years membership organisation and voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England.

An educational charity, the national Alliance represents the interests of over 14,000 member settings who deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.

We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children and we actively involve parents and families in all aspects of our work.

Gateshead, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland PSLA is a sub-committee of the national organisation and we have been based in Gateshead for over 30 years.


Local services we offer


  • Development workers visit toddler groups and pre-schools offering support and advice
  • Pre-school Resource Centre selling inexpensive toys, card, pens, pencils, paint, scissors, sequins, birthday cards, books and much, much more.
  • Pre-school Centre offers advice, information about pre-schools and toddler groups.
  • Training courses in childcare – courses for parents, level 3 qualification courses and professional development training courses.
  • Toys and equipment for groups setting up and existing groups when needed.
  • Voluntary committee supporting the branch.
  • Open days.
  • Activity evenings giving parents/carers ideas for Christmas crafts, Easter and other seasonal times.
  • Publications for sale.
  • Newsletters and mailings.