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Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

EYFS Training and Support

Hampshire and Surrey have a lot to offer their support staff, trainees, teachers and leaders. There is a wealth of training available; much of it school-led. Keep an eye on this page as it will be updated regularly and there are some fantastic training offers for your team.

Ofsted Early Years Research Review

Ofsted has published a new research review on Early Years. The review underpins the inspectorate’s new strategic focus on early education and giving children ‘the best start in life’ following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report stresses the value of play and teaching, and the importance of developing communication skills. What matters most, Ofsted argues, is that practitioners have considered what they want children to know and be able to do, before deciding how best to teach. Ofsted states the report does not prescribe how to teach a high-quality early years curriculum.

More information about our Level 3 diploma in Early Years Education can be found here.


Early Years Evidence Store: Support to help you put evidence-informed approaches into practice.

Developed to support the DfE’s Stronger Practice Hubs programme, the Evidence Store has been designed to support Stronger Practice Hubs work with early years providers, but it can be used by everyone working in the early years.

The Early Years Evidence Store is a summary of evidence-informed approaches to help educators to understand and reflect on their practice. The approaches are illustrated with practices that typically make up the approach and a range of examples of what these might look like in practice.


Early years stronger practice hubs

Early years stronger practice hubs provide advice, share good practice and offer evidence-based professional development for early years practitioners.

They are part of the early years education recovery support package, which also includes the early years experts and mentors programme.

The early years stronger practice hubs programme is supported by the Education Endowment Foundation and the National Children’s Bureau. It is funded for 2 years, until late 2024.

More information is available here.

Specialist EYFS leadership training and support - National Professional Qualifications

SFET Teaching School Hub deliver the full suite of the National Professional Qualifications. Please visit our NPQ page to find out more or apply.

New NPQs for EYFS available from Autumn 2022

From Autumn 2022, two further NPQs will be available. They build on the new pathway for teacher and leader development and progression, accessible at all stages of a teacher’s or leader’s career. 

The 2022 NPQs comprise the:

  • NPQ for early years leadership – for leaders qualified to at least level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be:
    • managers of private, voluntary and independent nurseries
    • headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries
    • childminders with leadership responsibilities
  • NPQ for leading literacy – for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase

As for the 2021 suite of NPQs, each of these NPQs is underpinned by a new content framework, setting out what participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ.

NPQEYL: Early Years Leadership

NPQEYL: Early Years Leadership

The NPQEYL has been developed to underpin and increase early years-specific pedagogical leadership in early years settings, strengthen staff pedagogy, and support children whose development has been impacted by the pandemic. 

The qualification will investigate early education and child development, with a focus on communication, language, and physical development as well as personal, social and emotional growth, in line with the EYSF reforms. The setting of strategic direction and organisational culture, as well as pedagogical leadership, including evidence-based learning will also be explored.  

Please register your interest by emailing

NPQLL: Leading Literacy

NPQLL: Leading Literacy

The NPQLL has been developed to aid the teaching of literacy in primary and secondary schools and support the catch-up of children whose literacy development has been impacted by the pandemic. 

The qualification will explore the development of literacy skills including oral language, word reading, reading comprehension, spelling, and writing composition through effective teaching and monitoring. The role of strong literacy leadership and high-quality training in primary and secondary settings, as well as managing transition between key stages and into secondary school will also be examined.

Please register your interest by emailing

Wallace Fields: EYFS practice at an Outstanding Infant and Nursery School

EYFS practice at an OFSTED Outstanding Infant and Nursery School

(Ofsted Inspection December 2021)

  • This course is aimed at senior leaders, teachers and practitioners
  • Location - Wallace Fields Infant School and Nursery, Epsom, KT17 3AS
  • Duration - Half day
  • Cost - £80 per person

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During this half day training course, discover more about our Ofsted Outstanding Early Years Practice. This course takes an in-depth look at all the elements that contribute to our setting excelling in its provision. We will assist you to evaluate your current Early Years provision and assess the progress of children to ensure that the learning opportunities are correctly matched to the individual child’s needs.

This training course includes:

  • An opportunity to tour our Nursery and Reception classes
  • Come and discover the top 10 principles and approaches that make our EYFS provision OFSTED Outstanding
  • Learn about the pedagogy and approach we use at WFIS and Nursery, including our powerful approach to teaching language and vocabulary (including WELLCOMM)
  • Take away effective approaches that you can immediately apply in your school or classroom
  • This course will outline the different ways we give children ownership of their own learning
  • Ways to enhance indoor and outdoor learning environments, ensuring all staff and their interactions promote high quality learning/talk opportunities
  • Preparing for inspection: EYFS focused
  • The full process of inspection from preparation to the phone call through to the end of day 2 inspection (EYFS focused)

Available on:

  • 30th March 2023
  • 8th June 2023

Wallace Fields Infant School & Nursery

Early Years TV



Early Years Professional Development Programme (DfE funded)

DfE funding for early years practitioners 

Click here to express an interest

Click on the button above to complete an expression of interest form, if you are a setting manager and are interested in practitioners from your setting taking part in the Building on Success programme.

In June 2021, the government announced a £153 million investment for early years and further detail on this funding is now available.

The additional funding for early years will provide:

  • a new, universally accessible online training for practitioners
  • access to mentoring support along with bespoke whole-setting and leadership support, targeted at settings most in need
  • an early years innovation programme to share innovative practice
  • an expansion of the professional development programme for frontline practitioners, to provide national coverage
  • a review of level 3 qualifications, leading towards a reformed, evidence-based level 3 qualification
  • an expansion of training to increase the number of childminders and staff in group-based providers with an accredited level 3 SENCO qualification
  • substantially expanded numbers of places for initial teacher training in early years
  • programmes to train early years practitioners to support parents with home learning

Further information on the previously announced early years professional development programme is also available on the Education Development Trust website.

About Early Years - Building on Success

Early Years – Building on Success is a follow on from our successful Early Years Professional Development Programme. The programme is aimed at improving practitioners' understanding and skills in supporting the development of the most disadvantaged children between the ages of 2 and 4. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme has been tailored to address the needs that have been heightened during this time.

Who is Building on Success for?

The programme is fully funded by the Department for Education, including backfill for practitioners’ time to take part. Pre-reception practitioners from schools and private, voluntary and independent settings (PVI) are eligible, with priority given to applications from Settings that meet certain criteria. 

Practitioners will receive high quality, evidence-based CPD (continuous professional development). The training supports practitioners to improve outcomes on school readiness, early language, mathematics, and PSED. The programme is comprised of key components of the existing high quality Communication and Language content, an enhanced version of the Maths content and new content to support children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) needs that have been heightened as a consequence of the pandemic.


What is its purpose?

The programme in its first instance will aim to offer specific in-depth training for practitioners in the post-pandemic era, taking on 2,000 Early Years Professionals from over 50 Local Authorities. It offers a comprehensive package of professional development that is based on practitioners’ current early years pedagogy, as well as the skills and knowledge to enhance the quality of adult-child interactions through sustained shared thinking.

The programme also provides support for practitioners to improve engagement with parents and carers to support the home learning environment, improve skills to identify children at risk of speech, language and communication needs, provide an understanding of the theory of child development in Early Mathematics, and vitally the skills to support children’s self-confidence, relationships, and self-awareness through expertly developed Personal, Social and Emotional Development training.

Practitioners will receive an OCN London-endorsed CPD certificate on the completion of the programme, which recognises key competencies achieved by participating in the programme.

If you are a setting manager and are interested in practitioners from your setting taking part in the programme please click here to complete an expression of interest form.

About Education Development Trust

Education Development Trust is an international not-for-profit organisation that transforms lives around the world by improving education and delivering careers and employability services. We have been working with governments, donor agencies, schools, leaders and teachers to effect and embed sustainable change for 50 years. As part of our charitable mission, we invest annually in a major programme of education research, which is available to download from our website. The insights from this research inform the projects we deliver, as well as influencing policymaking and supporting practitioners around the world.

Find out more about our research

Here in England, we have worked extensively with the Department for Education for over 20 years. Our Accelerate teaching programme, for example, is providing professional development to hundreds of early career teachers, while our Future Teaching Scholars programme recruits and trains students to become specialist maths and physics teachers.

We also work with more than 1,300 schools across England through our Schools Partnership Programme and have just helped the Welsh Government to set up its National Academy for Educational Leadership.

Further afield our teams are; coaching teachers in informal slum schools in Nairobi, developing the skills of English and maths teachers in every primary school in Rwanda, helping Jordanian school supervisors to use research evidence to improve teaching in government schools, and supporting expert teachers in Brunei to improve the practice of their peers.

About Elklan

Elklan was established in 1999 by two experienced speech and language therapists Liz Elks and Henrietta McLachlan in response to a demand for training for education staff to enable them to be more effective in their support of children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). 

Since 2001 Elklan has trained over 1,400 speech and language therapists as tutors and over 700 specialist teachers as co-tutors.

Training that has been delivered (or will be delivered again in the future but have no current dates) is listed below.

Guildford Nursery School EYFS Training 2021-22

Our training and development hub offers specialist training sessions across a range of subjects and in a variety of forms including webinars, pre-recorded sessions as well as face to face.

Delivered by experienced teachers and practitioners, these courses are the ideal way to develop your skills, learn new approaches and share ideas and best practice with others.

Our training rooms are comfortable and fully-equipped and we have on-site catering and plenty of parking. Just a mile from the centre of Guildford, we are easily accessible from the A3 and by local public transport.

View our current courses, and book quickly and easily online. We will confirm your booking and send you all the details you need.

If you would like to run a course for your business or organisation at our training and development centre, please call us on 01483 566589 or email and we’ll be happy to help.

We are delighted to have been appointed as a Regional Ambassador School for the SFET Teaching School Hub; Success For Every Teacher. The government’s new ‘golden thread of teacher development’ is at the heart of the most exciting reforms to teacher education, training and development in a generation, and we are proud to be supporting the roll-out of these changes across our region.

To find out more about these exciting changes and how SFET Teaching School Hub can support your school, visit

Guildford Nursery School would like to offer early years colleagues an opportunity to learn more about Froebel’s principles and pedagogy and the benefits for children. This opportunity is open to anyone working with children 0-6 years and who is qualified at level 3 or beyond. 

This offer of professional development will be fully funded by Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre in their role as a Froebel Trust Hub. 

The offer includes: 

Two days training per term for two years. Dates for year one: 

  • 28 Sept and 12 Oct element 1 of the Froebel short courses
  • 21 Jan and 10 Feb element 2 of the Froebel short courses
  • 10 May and 26 May element 3 of the Froebel short courses

For more details see: Froebel Trust | Short courses 

These days will be held at Guildford Nursery School, GU1 1NR. 

Any queries please contact Sally at or ring on 07970 108438.

For bookings please contact Trini at by 13th September 2021. 

Schools and settings will need to commit to enabling the same members of staff to attend the courses.  

Non-attendance would incur a charge.


Guildford Nursery School would like to offer early years colleagues an opportunity to develop their coaching skills:


Guildford Nursery School - Sewing, weaving and threading in EYFS

Guildford Nursery School - Exploring clay: How to use clay with young children

Guildford Nursery School - Developing SEN Practice in EYFS

Guildford Nursery School - Learning and assessment in reception, bringing it all together

Guildford Nursery School - Early Years Training