Our Early Years Programmes

✅ Ideal for Nursery Practitioner, Classroom Assistant or Pre-school Practitioner

✅ No previous experience or qualifications needed

✅ 14-month funded programme, free for learner

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✅ Progress to an Early Years Educator, Nursery Teaching Assistant, Nursery Nurse, Supervisor, or childminder

✅ Counts towards the staff:child ratio

✅ 18-month funded programme, free for learner

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✅ Higher level programme designed for Lead Practitioners who have responsibilities of leading a room or supervising staff

✅ Equal to a Foundation Degree 

✅ 24-month funded programme, free for learner

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✅ Designed for graduates with a degree in any subject

✅ 100% funded by the Department for Education, £7000 incentive available for employers

✅ Awards Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

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✅ For managers of PVI settings, Head Teachers with a nursery provision, and Childminders with leadership responsibilities

✅ Gain knowledge, skills and concepts for leading an Early Years setting

✅ Full scholarships available

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✅ Qualification for Level 3 practitioners in a PVI setting. It is also appropriate for Ofsted-registered childminders

✅ 4-month online qualification 

✅ 100% funded by the Department for Education, places are limited to 1 per setting

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"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 | EYIT 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).