The government is providing a £180 million package for workforce training, qualifications, and support in the early years sector to address the pandemic’s impact on young and disadvantaged children in what its called the Early Years Education Recovery Programme.

These initiatives are designed for early years practitioners, leaders, settings, including private, voluntary and independent organisations; childminders; school-based nurseries; and maintained nursery schools and are set to enhance education and support young children’s development and learning.

Designed to support all areas of the early years sector, the programme offers training in:

  • Child development
  • Communication and language
  • Early mathematics
  • Personal, social, and emotional development
  • National professional qualification in early years leadership
  • Supporting caregivers in the home learning environment

What training is available in the Early Years Education Recovery Programme?

  • Early Years Child Development Training:

This online programme aims to improve knowledge of child development for practitioners, teachers, and childminders. It comprises of nine modules covering child development, brain development, language development, and more.

  • Professional Development Programme Phase 3 (PDP3):

PDP 3 is available to practitioners nationally, targeted at reaching disadvantaged children. PDP3 is designed to support level 3 qualified practitioners who have not already completed PDP1 or PDP2. The programme covers early communication and language, maths and personal, social and emotional development (PSED).

Local authorities will provide details of eligible settings to the PDP3 delivery partner. Eligible settings will then be able to nominate suitable practitioners for the training.

  • Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI):

Supports reception-age children with speech, language, and early literacy development. 

Free for participating schools and prioritizes schools with disadvantaged pupils. The programme is delivered by trained staff to small groups of pupils and is proven to help children make up to 3 months’ additional progress.

  • National Professional Qualification in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL):

Develops leadership skills for early years education and targeted at leaders qualified to at least level 3. Covers various modules including delivering high-quality early education and care, organisational management and staff development, giving constructive feedback to parents and carers and working with children who have additional and special educational needs.

  • Home Learning Environment (HLE):

Trains practitioners to support parents in enhancing children’s cognitive skills through activities at home. This is offered in Family Hubs and funded by local authorities.

  • Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT)

Early years initial teacher training (EYITT), designed for those who wish to specialise in working with babies and young children from birth to 5 years, is funded graduate-level specialist training leading to early years teacher status.

  • Level 3 Special Educational Needs CoOrdinator (SENCO)

This programme is aimed at SENCOs working in group-based and childminder settings and those due to take up the role of SENCO in these settings. This training leads to an accredited level 3 early years SENCO qualification.

What kind of support and guidance is being offered in the Early Years Education Recovery Programme ?

Support and guidance will provide professional development through stronger practice hubs, helping settings without existing networks improve quality and expert coaches and mentors who will offer support to settings judged as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’, with high needs.

Where do I sign up for the Early Years Education Recovery Programme?

You can now access six modules of the training. Additional modules will be introduced in the upcoming months. The training program will evolve and improve with input from the sector’s feedback.

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