National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership


LLSE is pleased to announce that we are working with Education Development Trust (EDT) for the delivery of NPQ Early Years Leadership. LLSE and EDT share values and a commitment to high-quality professional development.

NPQEYL is for leaders qualified to at least level 3 with a relevant qualification who are, or want to be managers of private, voluntary and independent nurseries, headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries, or childminders with leadership responsibilities.

The DfE NPQEYL Framework can be found here

APPLICATIONS for NPQ cohorts starting in October 2022 and February 2023 are now open.

The application process for NPQEYL is being managed by EDT. To start your application you will first need to register on the DfE portal here. When registering, please select Education Development Trust (EDT) as your Lead Provider.

Once your details have been validated by the Department of Education, you will receive an email from EDT asking you to select your preferred delivery partner at which point you need to select LLSE as your delivery partner. Once that step is complete, you will receive a further email from EDT with a link to an application form which you will need to complete to proceed.


The Department of Education have announced that the NPQ Early Years Leadership will be fully funded for

  • Teachers and leaders, employed in state-funded schools in England. This may include nurseries within schools, or local authority nursery schools.
  • Early Years practitioners and leaders, employed at childcare providers registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register:

- providing childcare on non-domestic premises (people or organisations - providing care for individual children in premises that are not someone’s home. e.g., nurseries, pre-schools, holiday clubs and other group-based settings)

- providing childcare on domestic premises (providers where four or more people look after children together in a home that is not the child’s own).

  • Early Years practitioners and leaders, working as:

- Childminders, registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register (where the care takes place in a home that is not the child’s own)

- Childminders, registered with an Ofsted-registered Childminder Agency, caring for early years children.

In addition to the scholarship funding, this year there will be Targeted Support Funding available for small schools to enable them to support their teachers and leaders to undertake NPQs. State-funded schools and 16 to 19 education settings in England, that have between 1 and 600 pupils on roll, will be paid £200.00 for each teacher or leader they employ who undertakes an NPQ. Eligibility will be based on the roll numbers that were submitted in the January 2022 pupil census and will be updated on GIAS in July 2022. Further information can be found here.

Areas of Study

  • Establish and sustain your setting’s strategic direction
  • Develop and evidence-based teaching culture
  • Plan and deliver care and a high-quality curriculum to support child development
  • Implement communication, language and literacy approaches to support children’s learning
  • Effectively manage children's behaviour and support children's personal, social and emotional development
  • Support practitioners to develop a strong understanding of how assessment can improve teaching and transition
  • Ensure all leaders, practitioners and teachers can identify any additional needs early and ensure appropriate referrals


Formative assessment takes place throughout the programme, helping you understand the progress you are making, and facilitators to adapt your learning experiences.

Summative assessment takes the form of a 2500-word response to a case study, completed in a single 8-day window at the end of your programme. The assessment will give you the opportunity to demonstrate how you would deploy the knowledge, skills and understanding gained through the NPQ to lead and implement a specific aspect of chang


The taught elements of your NPQEYL course will take place over a 18 month period. This will be followed by the completion of your summative assessment which must be submitted within an 8 day period following completion of your course. The whole of the assessment process including submission of your summative assessment, marking and moderation will take a total of 3 months.


Free to those who meet the scholarship eligibility criteria. The cost for school or self-funded participants outside of the criteria is £1,148.00



Applications are via LLSE website.  Delivery partner is Thames Gateway and Cluster is EKLA. 




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