New training programme launched to support disadvantaged children’s development

Kathy Oxtoby
Thursday, November 25, 2021

Education Development Trust’s Building on Success Programme aims to improve practitioner’s understanding and skills in helping the most disadvantaged children aged between two and four.

An online training programme designed to improve practitioners' understanding and skills in supporting the development of the most disadvantaged children between the ages of two and four, has been launched by Education Development Trust.


The ‘Building on Success’ programme is a follow on from the Trust’s Early Years Professional Development Programme, both of which are funded by the Department for Education (DfE).


The programme will provide eligible practitioners from 51 targeted local authorities across England with evidence-based continuing professional development (CPD) to help improve outcomes on school readiness, early language, mathematics, and personal, social and emotional development (PSED) and will help settings to implement the latest EYFS reforms.



Specific in-depth training

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme has been tailored to address the needs that have been heightened during this time.

Funding for the programme includes backfill for practitioners’ time to take part. Pre-reception practitioners from schools and private, voluntary and independent settings (PVI) are eligible, with priority given to applications from settings that meet certain criteria. 

The programme in its first instance will aim to offer specific in-depth training for practitioners in the post-pandemic era, taking on 2,000 early years professionals from over 50 Local Authorities. It offers ‘a package of professional development that is based on practitioners’ current early years pedagogy, as well as the skills and knowledge to enhance the quality of adult-child interactions through sustained shared thinking’, the Education Development Trust said.

According to the Trust, the programme provides ‘support for practitioners to improve engagement with parents and carers to support the home learning environment, improve skills to identify children at risk of speech, language and communication needs, provide an understanding of the theory of child development in early mathematics, and the skills to support children’s self-confidence, relationships, and self-awareness through expertly developed Personal, Social and Emotional Development training’.

Practitioners will receive an OCN London-endorsed CPD certificate on completion, which recognises key competencies achieved by participating in the programme.


Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria includes settings and childminders who meet two of the three following criteria, and who are level 3 qualified and offer childcare to children between the ages of two and four years:

  • 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.


What does the training entail?

  • The programme involves a total of 10 days of online training between January and July 2022.
  • The training will be broken down into modules for speech, language and communication, maths and PSED.
  • Modules will consist of e-Learning sessions, online facilitated webinars, access to curated resources including video exemplars, articles and recommended reading, mentoring support and peer support opportunities.


Registration closes on November 30 with the training set to start in January 2022.


If you are a setting manager* and are interested in practitioners from your setting taking part in the programme click here to complete an expression of interest form.

*The term setting manager refers to all those who manage early years practitioners. Examples could include: EYFS leads, EYFS teachers, nursery managers, childminders and head teachers.

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