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NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)










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Programme Breakdown

The NPQEYL is designed for setting leaders qualified ideally to at least level 3, who are or are aspiring to be: a nursery manager, headteacher of school-based or maintained nurseries, or a registered childminder with leadership responsibilities. Settings must be Ofsted registered.

Designed with busy early years practitioners/teachers in mind, the NPQEYL is delivered using a blend of online seminars, flexible online learning and face to face conferences.


How will I learn?

You will broaden your leadership knowledge and gain the specialist expertise needed to tackle your organisation’s improvement priorities with content covering the breadth of knowledge you need as a leader.  

Modules include:

  • Organisational management
  • Culture
  • Child development and curriculum
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Assessment
  • Additional special educational needs and disabilities
  • Professional development
  • Working in partnership
  • Implementation

How will I benefit?

  • Get the tools to implement and sustain meaningful change in your setting.
  • Learn how to create an effective culture and align your staff in your setting’s mission.
  • Build a thriving environment in which all staff  and children feel supported and valued with opportunities to develop.
  • Become a part of the community of leaders across Early Years settings and contexts and learn how they faced and overcame similar challenges. 
  • Learn how to embed a culture where all children can succeed
  • Greater insight into the systems and sources of effective leadership practice




A limited number of DfE scholarship funded places will be available to teachers and leaders from:  

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding  
  • the early years settings identified as having high disadvantage  

Non-funded places: £1,090

Please see here for the NPQ funding announcement