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Early Years from Best Practice Network – Let us help take you to the next level

At Best Practice Network, we recognise how important the early years are in children’s development. Research shows that children with a good early years foundation yield higher results throughout their academic careers.

Our Early Years programmes

These accredited programmes enable those already working in or looking for a career in, an early years childcare and education setting, to improve their practice and progress their careers.

Our comprehensive range of programmes includes Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT), the Early Years Educator (EYE) Level 3 Apprenticeship, Early Years Advanced Practitioner Level 4 Certificate, and a Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo) online unit.

"Completing my early years training with Best Practice Network remains one of my greatest achievements. I found the course to be challenging, yet inspiring."
Charlotte Reynolds, EYITT Candidate

Early Years Career Pathway

As part of our Early Years initiative, learners who wish to become early years professionals, or those already working in this area of education, can take part in our programmes and advance onto other qualifications related to early years and child care. This initiative supports you in achieving your own ambitions and allows you to gain the skills required to support the next generation in being able to reach theirs.

We have developed our Early Years Career Pathway to support your career development in the early years sector and to take into account the variety of roles available.

This pathway includes the following programmes: Early Years Practitioner (EYP) Apprenticeship Level 2, Early Years Educator (EYE) Apprenticeship Level 3, Early Years Lead Practitioner (EYLP) Level 5 and Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) (eligible with a degree top-up).

The Early Years Educator Level 2 apprenticeship has been developed by our Earl Years experts for those wanting to enter a career as a Nursery Practitioner, Classroom Assistant or Pre-school Practitioner.
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The Level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE) Apprenticeship is ideal for someone looking to pursue a career as an Early Years Educator, Nursery Teaching Assistant, Nursery Nurse, Supervisor, or Child Minder.
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The Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner (EYLP) Apprenticeship is ideal for highly skilled professionals who take an operational lead for the care, learning and development of all young children within their care.
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Early Years ITT is the only teacher training focussed on the birth to five age range. At Best Practice Network we are proud to maintain a 100% pass rate for EYITT over the past 3 years.
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