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NPQ for Early Years Leadership

National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership

Wanting to lead or improve your leadership skills in the Early Years?

This flexible 18-month programme will help you grow as a a leader in our diverse early years sector.

You will develop expertise and resilience and learn skills that will support you to identify and address persistent and common challenges in early years leadership. Participants will understand how to unpack and apply learning across all aspects of the early years – and support their colleagues to develop in these areas too. Sessions will be delivered flexibly online and face to face to ensure times work with most people’s busy working patterns.

Who is it suitable for?

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

You will be, or will be aspiring to be:

  • A manager or deputy of a private, voluntary or independent early years setting
  • A headteacher or deputy of a school-based or maintained early years setting
  • A room leader within your setting
  • An early years foundation stage leader in a state funded school
  • A childminder with leadership responsibilities.

Example roles

    • Manager of a PVI nursery
    • Deputy manager of a PVI nursery
    • Room Leader within a PVI nursery
    • Head or Assistant Head of a Maintained Nursery School
    • EYFS lead in a state funded school
  • A childminder leading a setting, supporting other staff

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Key Information

  • ProgrammeNPQML
    Duration8 modules taught over a 12 month period
    LocationCLF Institute, Russell Town Avenue, Bristol  Find Us
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  • £750

    Includes twelve 2-hour sessions and all assessment fees.

  • If you are interested in taking part in this programme, or would like some further information. Please contact the Institute team who will be happy to help.

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Course Structure

Our middle leadership programme is delivered by experienced facilitators with contributions from current executive leaders. We offer 14 online sessions, each two hours long, addressing all curriculum content and assessment framework requirements. Participants have access to online materials via our VLE and support from our dedicated NPQ team of deliverers and administrators.
  • Pre and post course 360
  • Induction session
  • Pre and post session online tasks, readings, work-based activities and reflection.
  • Each session integrates delivery of assessment outcomes and learning behaviours
  • Final Assessment Preparation Workshop


  • Session 1
  • Session 2 & 3 - Core content
    Strategy & Improvement
  • Session 4 & 5 - Core content
    Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  • Session 6 & 7 - Core content
    Leading with Impact
  • Session 8 & 9 - Core content
    Working in Partnership
  • Session 10 & 11 - Core content
    Managing Resources & Risks
  • Session 12 & 13 - Core content
    Increasing Capability
  • Session 12
    Assessment workshop
  • “I learned a lot about myself and my management style and was able to adapt my leadership skills in a positive way. .”

    NPQML Delegate