NPQ for Early Years Leadership

We've designed this new, fully funded, NPQ to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of what high-quality, early years education and care looks like. A child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. It is therefore a priority to help early years leaders to continuously develop their knowledge and skills throughout their careers so every child gets the best start in life.

On this programme, 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.

Who is this programme for ?

The new qualification is for those looking to progress their career into early years leadership or headteachers or leaders who wish to deepen and broaden their expertise in the early years.

  • Managers or aspiring managers of independent, voluntary or private nurseries
  • Childminders with leadership responsibilities
  • Headteachers of maintained school-based  nurseries or maintained nurseries
  • Leaders with a full Level 3 qualification or above

What you'll learn

The key elements of the programme are:

  • Culture
  • Child Development, Curriculum and Assessment
  • Additional and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Professional Development
  • Organisational Management
  • Implementation
  • Working in Partnership

The material is delivered through a blended programme which includes nine online learning courses via Steplab, Two live conferences (each lasting six hours), Seven two-hour online clinics (facilitated sessions), Nine one-hour community sessions and a two-hour assessment clinic.


This programme is 18 months long and will commence in either October or February.

Click here for the programme brochure.


The application process is not yet open but you can register your interest at this link and then we will contact you as soon as the application process is open to ensure that you make the deadline.