Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)

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Why complete an NPQ in Early Years Leadership

The National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) is designed to deliver meaningful change in your setting.

With NPQEYL you will become part of a community of leaders across Early Years settings and contexts who share a passion for addressing educational disadvantages. Build valuable connections with other leaders from across the country and learn how they faced and overcame similar challenges.

We deliver NPQEYL in partnership with Teach First, the programme is fully funded. Check out the programme prospectus here.


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Who is it for?

This NPQ is designed for all leaders in early years settings, qualified to at least Level 3 who are, or are aspiring to be; a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities, managers of private, voluntary and independent nurseries, Headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries, or childminders with leadership responsibilities.

A blend of flexible online learning, online discussion, virtual workshops and face-to-face workshops, for a few hours study each week over 18 months. This is followed by an assessment where you will complete a case study assessment to demonstrate your understanding of real leadership and change.


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