Education Endowment Foundation:Guide to Effective Professional Development in the Early Years

Guide to Effective Professional Development in the Early Years

Support for those choosing, developing or planning high quality professional development opportunities for early years practitioners.

Early years providers play an important role in supporting all children’s learning and development, but attending a setting with high quality provision can be particularly beneficial
for children experiencing poverty.

This guide explores four areas we recommend professional development includes and considers some of the key features or mechanisms of each area which could make the professional development more effective. The content is by no means exhaustive.

This first edition has been put together to support the DfE’s Covid-19 recovery initiative Stronger Practice Hubs’ and aims to be a starting point with further exemplification added in future editions. Links to further evidence-based resources and tools that complement this guide can be found at the end of the report.

Access the guide and supporting tool below.


Professional Development Conversation Cycle

Practical tool providing a structure for an ongoing cycle of professional conversations, including prompts and an action plan template.
Uploaded:  • 4.1 MB - pdf
Download file Professional Development Conversation Cycle