Frequently Asked Questions

Please be advised that the Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP) is now closed to new applicants.

We are no longer accepting expressions of interest, but if you would like to learn more about the programme or have any questions, please email:

There are activities to complete throughout the eLearning units, however, these activities are not assessed. The only task you are required to submit is an Action Plan, which will help you to embed your learning from the Programme into your practice.

The Action Planning phase of the programme takes place at the end of each module. It consists of three parts: one optional eLearning unit, three compulsory Action Planning webinars at the end of each module, and adding to your Action Plan.

The Action Planning eLearning is designed to help guide you to create an Action Plan and is only released once you’re at the end of the Communication and Language module.

At the end of each module, there will be an Action Planning webinar where you will discuss your key learning from that module and identify what you are planning to implement in your setting as a result of this. You will keep track of your planned changes on the Action Plan template, which is submitted at the end of the programme.


Each early years practitioner participating on the programme is given their own personal login details to the online Learning Platform where they can access learning materials and sign up for group webinars.

If you are struggling to access or navigate the Learning Platform, do not hesitate to email us: or use our webchat between 9am-5pm.

The EYPDP has a dedicated support team which you can contact by emailing: or using our webchat between 9am-5pm.

Alternatively, practitioners can contact their Speech and Language UK Programme Trainer using the messaging function on the Learning Platform.

We can provide additional support for extenuating circumstances or additional learning needs so please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

There are a variety of morning, afternoon and twilight groups for practitioners to choose from which can be found on the Learning Platform. Once practitioners have chosen the most convenient time for them, this will become their regular webinar group that they join each week via a link on the Learning Platform.

We have a variety of webinar times/days available for practitioners to choose from to fit around work and personal commitments. If you know you will not be able to attend a webinar one week, you can mark yourself as away and will be prompted to book a catch-up webinar at an alternative time. If you have any concerns, you can contact our support team:

By taking part in this training programme you will gain:

A comprehensive package of professional development that is based on current early years pedagogy to support them as they continually improve their practice.

The skills and knowledge to enhance the quality of adult-child interactions through sustained shared thinking

Support to engage with parents and carers to support the home learning environment.

The skills to identify children at risk of speech, language and communication needs.

An understanding of the theory of child development in Early Mathematics, developed by subject experts, and how to support children’s early mathematical learning in everyday practice.

The skills to support children’s self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviours, and making relationships through expertly developed Personal, Social and Emotional Development training.

An opportunity to meet with other practitioners from different settings and offer peer support.

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

In total there are 3 core modules (Communication and Language, Early Mathematics, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development). Each module has between 5 and 7 units. For each individual unit, we anticipate that participants will need to do around 2 hours of online self-study as well as attend a 1.5hr facilitated webinar. This is anticipated to average out at around 3.5 hours of learning each week or 60 hours of learning on average to complete the whole programme.

You can email the early years team at Education Development Trust if you need help with any aspect of the programme or use our webchat between 9am-5pm.

On the completion of the programme you will receive:

  • OCN London endorsed CPD certificate
  • OCN London endorsed CPD digital badge
  • EYPDP lanyard
  • EYPDP lanyard badge

It is important to us that you feel supported with your learning journey. We
have a dedicated team to support you with any additional learning needs,
or extenuating circumstances you may need additional support with. The
eLearning units are flexible to complete in your own time and can be accessed
on a variety of devices. Likewise, we have a range of catch-up webinars
available to book onto, should you fall behind with your learning.

If you are facing challenges with your learning journey or anticipate the need
for an extension of learning time, please reach out to your Programme Trainer
in the first instance, who will be able to help you. Your Programme Trainer is
your first point of contact during the programme and is there to support you
with your learning journey.

If you are not in a regular webinar group and do not have a Programme Trainer,
please contact for guidance.