National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)
For: To apply, you need to be an early years practitioner who is qualified to at least level three, with a full and relevant early years or teaching qualification, e.g. current or aspiring manager of a private, voluntary or independent early years setting; a headteacher of a school-based or maintained early years setting; an early years foundation stage leader in a state funded school; or a childminder with leadership responsibilities.
Course length: 18 months
Programme start date: October and February. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: THURSDAY 12th of JANUARY 2023.
We’re pleased to announce that we are partnering with education charity Ambition Institute to deliver the new NPQ in Early Years Leadership.
In 18 months, participants will develop expertise in early years leadership, helping to give all children up to the age of five the best possible start in life.
Those doing the training will learn:
- Gain a NPQ for Early Years Leadership accreditation in 18 months
- Access the latest evidence-based learning
- Become an expert in early years education
- Broaden your network of early years leaders
Ambition Institute has designed this ground-breaking new NPQ to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of what high-quality, early years education and care looks like.
Ambition’s ‘little and often’ approach uses the latest evidence to help you put your learning into practice in your early years setting. You’ll train alongside other early years leaders with similar responsibilities, focusing on developing your expertise to tackle the persistent problems you face in your role.
This is a new NPQ developed by the Department for Education. It was developed with an expert advisory group, and early years leaders, academics and experts. The programme sits alongside the NPQs for teachers and school leaders. Each of Ambition’s NPQs share the same common language and framework to help drive improvement across education.
With no project work and minimal time out of your early years' setting, this NPQ is designed to fit around your busy timetable.
National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) – for leaders qualified to at least Level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be, managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries, headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries, or childminders with leadership responsibilities. More information is available via the Framework.
Leading a nursery requires a wealth of strategic and operational knowledge. The role is reliant on working with and through colleagues to ensure every child gets the best start in life.
Early years leaders need to have a strong understanding of their context, community and the children and adults they work with. They also need to have expertise across a number of areas related to their role (e.g. high-quality early education and care, parental engagement, additional and special educational needs, and organisational management) and in approaches that, through working with their colleagues, enable their nursery to keep improving (e.g. professional development and implementation). They must understand the relationship between these different areas, how they can change over time, how to set an ambitious vision for their nursery, and how to establish the unique culture and conditions which can shape the experiences of children and be a deciding factor in practitioners, teachers and leaders remaining in the profession.
The framework is a codification of essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful leadership of a high-quality nursery. It sets out what those leading a nursery should know and be able to do within the areas related to their role and in relation to approaches that enable their nursery to keep improving.
Providers of this qualification will design a curriculum that draws on and blends together sections from across this framework, and which is responsive to the needs of the participants who are taking the course and considering the context of their nursery (or school).
Benefits for you
Thrive as a leader
This programme is designed specifically for leaders of early years education. Through evidence-based professional development, you’ll learn what great early years learning looks like and how to lead others and your setting. You’ll also look at what others can learn from you.
Close the gap
Evidence shows that high quality care and education in early years is fundamental for a child’s development, preparing them for school and later life*. We’ll help you to develop the knowledge to deliver this to the children you support.
Train to your timetable
This is a flexible programme, designed to fit around your existing work commitments. Most of the training can be completed at a time that suits you with minimal time spent away from your early years setting.
Connect with peers
You’ll train with people from early years settings, sharing your experiences and building a strong support network.
Tailor your training
The programme allows you to apply the theory to your early years’ setting.
Barnett, W. S. (1995). “Long-term effects of early childhood programs on cognitive and school outcomes”. The Future of Children, 25-50.
Heckman, J., Pinto, R. and Savelyev, P. (2013). “Understanding the mechanisms through which an influential early childhood program boosted adult outcomes”. American Economic Review 103(6), 2052-2086.
Benefits for your early years setting
Give young people the best start
Equipping your leaders with evidence-based training on what good education and care looks like will help to create a level playing field for children in the early stages of life.
Benefit from tailored training
This is the first NPQ that is designed specifically for early years practitioners. It will develop expertise that can be applied to identifying and addressing persistent and common challenges in early years leadership.
Invest in high-quality professional development
Participants will learn how to unpack and apply learning across all aspects of the early years – and support their colleagues to develop in these areas too.
Create a ‘golden thread’
The new NPQs are all aligned. Right from the start, your leaders will benefit from an evidence-based framework with a common language that they can pass onto colleagues.
Tap into a network
Your leaders will train alongside peers from other early years settings, supported by facilitators who fully understand their needs.
You will learn how to:
- Set a strategic direction for your early years setting and apply ambitious standards for all children
- Champion evidence-based practice
- Plan and deliver care and a high-quality curriculum to support children’s development
- Establish communication, language and literacy approaches to support children’s learning
- Make sure all children experience success
- Identify children who need support and make appropriate referrals
- Create an environment for all children and colleagues where everyone feels welcome and safe.
Note: programme content is subject to change.
How you’ll learn
The programme is delivered through blended learning. This includes a mix of real-time interactive online sessions, face-to-face training, peer-led sessions and self-guided modules which you complete in your own time.
The assessment window starts at the end of the 18-month programme and runs for three months. During this time, participants will be given an eight-day window to sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which they respond to a short case study.
There are two assessment windows every year, and participants can sit the assessment two times, if they need to.
You need to complete the course to qualify for the NPQ accreditation.
Exceed Teaching School Hub will offer a webinar and live clinic in advance of the assessment window to support participants.
To apply, you need to be an early years practitioner who is qualified to at least level three, with a full and relevant early years or teaching qualification.
You will be, or will be aspiring to be:
- A manager of a private, voluntary or independent early years setting
- A headteacher of a school-based or maintained early years setting
- An early years foundation stage leader in a state funded school
- A childminder with leadership responsibilities.
If you don't have a Teacher Reference Number (TRN): This programme is suitable for eligible staff that do not have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). However, they must have a Teacher Reference Number (TRN); you don't need to be a teacher to have a TRN. This document outlines how you can request a TRN.
Please note: any eligible participants who are withdrawn from a NPQ programme will not be eligible for funding for the same programme in the future. Only apply if you are 100% committed and confident that you can meet all the programme requirements.
Once you have scoped the programme, and you are confident it is the right programme for you, please proceed to step 2: Fund.
Follow our step-by-step guide,
Via the link below to the DfE's 'Register for a National Professional Qualification' portal, please register and complete the process to secure scholarship funding. Please choose Ambition Institute as the Lead Provider, and, if prompted, Exceed Teaching School Hub as the Delivery Partner.
Need support? Please contact the DfE.
Please complete our short online form.
Please note that this is NOT the application form
Your details will be used to create your account on 'My Ambition' who will contact you directly to complete the process
5. ONBOARDING you on to the programme