Education Development Trust will continue to deliver the DfE’s Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP) – now moving into its third phase and available throughout England – after winning the latest bid to support training in this sector.
Evidence tells us that the quality of early-childhood education has a significant impact on children’s outcomes. The EYPDP provides early years practitioners with high-quality professional development and the knowledge, skills and resources to ensure that all children – now and in the future – have the best possible start in life.
Specialist development for practitioners supporting children aged 2-4 years
As with the first two phases of the programme, the training will support practitioners who work in settings attended by children aged 2-4. Training for the first of four cohorts start in February 2023, with entry start dates for further cohorts between 2023 and 2025. Together with our delivery partners, EDT will provide evidence-led, high-quality training for to up to 10,000 early years practitioners in England.
The programme is delivered through a blended mix of online e-Learning and facilitated webinars with tailored modules based on current early years pedagogy covering Early Mathematics, PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) and Communication and Language.
Now available in all 152 local authorities across England
Forming part of the Government’s Early Years Recovery package to improve outcomes for those most affected by the pandemic, through driving up quality in early years education, the EYPDP will be available to all 152 local authorities in England. This is a huge advancement in the Department for Education’s commitment to improve support and training for the early years sector and will be the biggest roll-out of the programme to date for EDT.
Expert partners supporting EDT programme
We are delighted to be working in partnership with industry specialists Dr Sue Gifford and Dr Catherine Gripton to deliver the Early Mathematics content; the Anna Freud Centre to deliver the PSED content and Speech and Language UK to deliver the Language and Communication content.
The EYPDP is a significant opportunity for the sector and we are delighted to have been selected to build on our previous successful delivery and reach even more practitioners across the entire country. We recognise the challenges the sector is facing and are confident that the training content we are creating with our key partners will make a considerable difference to the outcomes of some of the most vulnerable children, increasing their life chances, options and opportunities.
Lyn Challender, Programme Director
A child’s early years – between birth and age five – are fundamental to their development, laying a foundation for future learning, skills and behaviours. Early years educational provision is therefore hugely important, and play is at the heart of effective provision. Supporting play in early years settings is crucial: it improves children’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing and helps them to learn about the world and themselves, laying the groundwork for their future learning and development potential. In this commentary, we consider not only the importance of play, but what this means for early years practitioners and how these practitioners can best be supported through effective professional development.
We are delighted to share the results of our recently published evaluation report from the second phase of the Early Years Professional Development Programme - Building on Success.
As the Department for Education funded Early Years Professional Development programmes draw to a close, we celebrate their many successes and reflect on some the fantastic feedback from practitioners.