NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)

The Programme:

This is a new leadership NPQ, successfully launched in Autumn 2022. This programme is designed to develop expertise in creating lasting change as an Early Years leader.

This programme is 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
  • Childminders with leadership responsibilities.

The programme aims to help you and your school by:

  • Developing your ability to establish and sustain your organisation’s strategic direction
  • Developing your expertise and broaden your leadership knowledge and to gain specialist expertise needed to address your organisation’s improvement priorities
  • Creating and building a thriving environment in which all staff feel supported and valued

This is a programme spread over 5 terms involving up to 77 hours of learning. This includes a combination of seminars, learning modules, conferences and a practical learning cycle. In addition, assessment takes place within 3 months of completing the formal programme. The programme will give participants the essential knowledge, skills and concepts underpinning the successful leadership of the Early Years. It will do so through exploring the following content modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks:

  • Culture
  • Child development, curriculum and assessment
  • Additional and special educational needs and disabilities
  • Professional development
  • Organisational management
  • Implementation
  • Working in partnership

For more information on the DfE’s NPQ framework, click here:

National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Early Years Leadership Framework (

The programme is delivered through:

  • Evidence-based on-line content using Teach First materials exploring each of the content modules
  • Seminars providing you with an opportunity for peer learning and the consolidation of learning within each of the content modules
  • Conferences to provide further opportunity for peer learning combined with expert input from specialist practitioners.

The DfE have announced that NPQ funding from Autumn 2024 will now be targeted to those teachers and leaders working in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities.

Therefore, funding to cover the full NPQ cost will only be available to teachers and leaders from the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding. Comparative disadvantage measures will be applied for Early Years settings. 

There are a limited number of funded spaces available.

If your school is not eligible for DfE scholarship funding, the cost for the NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQLT) is £1,090.