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NPQ Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)

Programme Overview:

Participants will become early years experts and help give all children up to the age of five the best possible 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.

See the NPQEYL framework for further details. 

How you will learn:

The content is delivered through blended learning comprising in-person, real-time, interactive online sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time.  Over the 18-month course duration, you will attend / complete:

  • 2 x 6hr conferences - one launch conference and a second midway through the programme (in-person).
  • 9 x courses - each course is 6 weeks in length and comprises 6 modules.  You will complete 1 module (50mins) per week.  
  • 6 x 2hr facilitated twilight clinics (online).
  • 5 x 1hr 15mins communities - peer-led group sessions (online or in-person).
  • 1 x 2hr assessment clinic (in-person).
  • Final assessment - written response to a case study to be completed within an 8-day window.

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To apply, you must be an early years practitioner who is qualified to at least level three, with a full and relevant early years or teaching qualification. 

Example Roles: Manager of a private, voluntary or independent EY settings / Headteacher of school-based or maintained EY setting / Early Years Foundation Stage Leader / Childminder with leadership responsibilities. 


You will be able to thrive as a leader and support child development. 

Your early years setting will benefit from high quality professional development and tailored training for early years. 


NPQ scholarship funding has changed. Visit the DfE website for more details and to check eligibility status.

If you do not work in an eligible school, the cost of this NPQ is £1139 plus VAT. 


Our next cohort commences in Autumn 2024.  Limited funded places are available.  Follow the steps below to register for your chosen NPQ.  

1. Register with Ambition Institute, our lead provider, via this link Register your interest in our NPQs | Ambition Institute

2. Register with the DfE Register for a national professional qualification (  You will need your TRN.  Please select Ambition Institute as the lead provider.  

3. Your application is assessed (applications will be considered in the order they are received) and if successful you will receive an offer. 


Useful Links:

Click on the image opposite to download a copy of our programme guide.


Contact us for more information or guidance about this NPQ programme.