DfE Early Years Child Development – Flexible Free online course

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Feb 10 2023

The Department for Education has worked with early years experts to create a free, flexible online training course for nursery practitioners and childminders. It helps build on your child development knowledge and can help you provide the best support to all children in your setting.

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About the Early years child development training

The training builds on the reforms to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework and supports our aim of improving outcomes for children at age 5.

The flexible online course:

  • has been developed in consultation with early years experts
  • has been tested with early years practitioners and experts, and refined based on feedback
  • provides a greater understanding of child development
  • gives practical advice for supporting children in early years settings
  • reinforces understanding through videos, learning check questions and end of module tests
  • allows you to pause and restart the training at any time
  • offers the chance to download certificates of achievement for each module

The first 4 modules of the course available now are child and brain development, PSED and communication and language. We will add further modules throughout 2023.

To learn more and enrol visit: Early years child development training : Home page (

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