NPQ in Early Years Leadership


Our NPQEYL courses are designed for ambitious early-years leaders who want to be – or already are – nursery managers, nursery headteachers or childminders with leadership responsibilities.


Early-years education sets the stage for what will follow at primary and secondary school. If children are to grow into fulfilled, successful adults, it is absolutely vital that they receive the best, most nurturing early-years education possible.

Our NPQEYL courses are is designed to help early-years leaders plan and deliver a high-quality curriculum to support child development. You will have access to cutting-edge research, helping you to build a teaching culture based on what works.

It will cover language and literacy approaches, personal, social and emotional development and behaviour management. And, in a sector where there is rarely enough cash to go around, you will learn to prioritise, allocate and manage resources for long-term sustainability.

The focus, always, is on being able to provide the children in your care with the education, encouragement and support – and so the future – they deserve.


  • Essential knowledge: There is no fluff – the programme was developed by early-years professionals, so that every minute spent working towards an NPQEYL will enable you to make a greater impact in your job.
  • Research-informed practice: You’ll have access to the latest and best evidence of what works in education, but will also be supported in turning it into real, hands-on practice.
  • The best for all children: This course will enable you to devise an ambitious curriculum that will support child development and allow all the children in your care to flourish.
  • Stretching a budget: You’ll learn about budgeting, funding and marketing, so that you can ensure your resources go as far as possible.
  • Community of educators: You’ll be part of a diverse community of educators, all learning from one another during the course – and potentially afterwards, too.
  • Fulfilment: The better and more knowledgeable you are at your job, the more enjoyable and exciting you will find it – and that enthusiasm will be passed on to your pupils.

Why study with the Tees Valley Teaching School Hub?

Here at Tees Valley Teaching School we offer our NPQ Courses through two Lead Providers – Best Practice Network, and the National Institute of Teaching. Whilst both providers ultimately provide the same knowledge and information, each course will be delivered in a different way. Anyone interested in doing an NPQ course with Tees Valley TSH has the choice to decide which Lead Partner they can use that best fits their current commitments, working model and lifestyle.

How to apply

To apply for the NPQEYL course please chose between the Lead Providers below. Selecting each Provider will direct you to their website so that you can see their course details and how it is intended to be delivered. You can then apply to the course through their website once you have decided which one best fits your circumstances. When applying please ensure you select ‘Tees Valley Teaching School Hub’ as the Delivery Partner.

For question relating to the course please contact us via

National Institute of Teaching NPQ Courses
Best Practice Network


State-funded primary schools with 1 to 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £800 for each teacher or leader you employ who starts an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

State-funded primary schools with more than 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200 for each teacher or leader you employ who starts an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

State-funded secondary schools with 1 to 600 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200 for each teacher or leader you employ who starts an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

For staff from state-funded schools or 16-19 organisations in England, places are fully funded by the DfE. There will be no cost to the participant.

You can study towards more than one NPQ, but will only be eligible for funding for each NPQ once. If you withdraw from or fail your course, you will not be funded again for the same NPQ.

Interested in joining? Simply get in contact with the Tees Valley Teaching School Hub to start. We can’t wait to hear from you.