Early Years Professional Development Programme

Currently registering interest for February 2023 starts and beyond.

Early Years Professional Development Programme

Currently registering interest for February 2023 starts and beyond

Early Years Professional Development Programme

Government funded support and training for Early Years Practitioners in England

Early Years Professional Development Programme

The Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP) is an exciting opportunity for early years practitioners to improve their understanding and skills in supporting the development of the most disadvantaged children between the ages of 2 and 4.

About the programme

Funded by the Department for Education in England and delivered by Education Development Trust, the EYPDP is a tailored professional development programme and forms part of the government’s Early Years Education Recovery Plan which aims to address the continued effects of the pandemic on young children.

The training will be available to eligible practitioners in 152 local authorities across England and will begin in February 2023. Participants will receive high quality, evidence-based CPD (continuous professional development) to support them to improve outcomes on school readiness, early language, early mathematics and Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED).


EYP Places Available Start Date Completion Date
2000 February 2023 October 2023
3000 September 2023 May 2024
3000 January 2024 September 2024
2000 April 2024 December 2024

The EYPDP is available to all eligible settings from 152 participating local authorities across England.

Eligible settings offer childcare to children between 2 and 4 years of age and meet at least two of the following criteria: 

  • Provide to at least one child with an EHC Plan or Disability Access Fund indicator
  • Provide to at least one child in receipt of EYPP
  • Provide to at least one disadvantaged two-year-old
  • Local intelligence suggests disadvantaged children would benefit from their practitioners receiving additional CPD support

Additionally, participating practitioners must:

  • Be qualified to at least level 3
  • Be currently working with 2-4 year olds (e.g. a manager who does not spend any time with the children is not eligible)
  • Not have completed a previous version of the early years professional development programme delivered by Education Development Trust

This programme is free to access. Support with backfill costs will be made available to settings via their local authority to help complete the training.

It is expected that it will take participants 8 months to complete the programme. Some flexibility may be granted in extenuating circumstances. For further details, please contact us to see our extenuating circumstances policy.

If you are a Setting Manager* and are interested in practitioners from your setting taking part in the Early Years Professional Development Programme starting, please click here to complete an expression of interest form.

*We are using the term Setting Manager to refer to all those who manage Early Years Practitioners. Examples could include: EYFS leads, EYFS teachers, Nursery Managers, Childminders


If you are an Early Years Practitioner interested in signing up for the programme, please speak to your setting manager and ask them to complete the expression of interest form on your behalf