Eligible working families whose children will be aged between 9 and 23 months old on 31 August can now apply to receive 15 hours childcare starting from September 2024.

Find out more information on the Childcare Choices website

Early Years

Leaders and Managers Qualification Guidance

Leaders and Managers Qualification Guidance

Fully Funded and Flexible Early Years Leadership Qualification

You can apply for an National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) which is designed for Early Years Leaders (holding a Full and Relevant level) who are aspiring to be:

  • Managers of private, voluntary & independent nurseries.
  • Headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries.
  • Childminders with leadership responsibilities registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register or part of a childminding agency.


How do to apply for the NPQEYL?

  • First, you should register for a Teacher Reference Number (TRN) email the Teaching Regulation Agency at enquiries@education.gov.uk
  • Choose a provider that offers the NPQ in Early Years Leadership. An up-to-date list of training providers can be found by visiting the below link *
  • When you have chosen your provider, Register for an NPQ on the DfE’s online portal
  • Your application will then be passed to your chosen training provider, and you will complete the application with them.


Where to do an NPQEYL?

All NPQEYL participants must hold a 'full and relevant' Level 3 qualification (or higher), prior to starting the course. The DfE has published a list showing the qualifications which meet the approved 'full and relevant' criteria for early years qualifications.

Best Practice Network

National Institute in Leading Teacher Development

Ambition Institute

Oxfordshire Teaching School Hub

UCL Centre of Education Leadership

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