Education Development Trust (EDT) is an international not-for-profit organisation working to improve education outcomes around the world.
They seek to seek to improve education and transitions into work through expert research on what works. Their experts deliver highly contextualised programmes designed to transform education systems,
schools, and lives.
The Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP) is an initiative funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and delivered by Education Development Trust (EDT). The Programme provides high quality, evidence informed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for pre-reception practitioners, those working with children between the ages of 2 and 4, in the most disadvantaged areas in the country
The second phase of the programme was in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which aimed to boost workforce capability to support the learning and development of children aged 2 to 4 who have arguably been most impacted by Covid. Practitioners were guided and enabled to improve outcomes in Speech, Language and Communication, Early Mathematics and Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) skills, with an emphasis on recovering lost learning and improving school readiness for those children.
The timeline for the second phase of the programme was one academic year and the target was to recruit 2000 Early Years Practitioners. Live interactive webinars were offered to accompany the eLearning.
A learning platform which enabled EYPs to create an individual username and log in, enter their profile information, and create an account.
The project was rolled out in 6-8 weeks. EDT were able to host 2,000 Early Years Practitioners + 70 Programme Trainers on the platform, who could access the eLearning modules and webinars.
The EYPs were able to complete their training, which was essential to the successful delivery of the Early Years Professional Development Programme. Over 1,700 Early Years Practitioners participated in the programme.
The EYPs each completed three modules of training and attend accompanying webinars, comprised of:
“The webinars have been very good, also being able to access the e-learning in our own time made it easy to fit into family/work life without being too time consuming.”
“It was interesting to hear how other practitioners did things in their setting. This provided me with ideas that I could use in my own setting.
The course content also made me think about my own practice albeit giving me reassurance that I was doing things right or providing me with new strategies to further enhance the child’s learning in my setting.”
“The course gave me a context to the children’s speech and language development that I had never heard before. For example, I understand the different ways children play now based on where they are developmentally with their speech and it has helped me resource my setting better. I also found the checklists really useful.”
EDT collected feedback from EYPs via surveys on the learning platform at the beginning of the programme, after each eLearning module, and again at the end of the programme.
A total of 1,308 EYPs completed the surveys:
All of this shows that the learning platform was accessible from a range of devices. Furthermore, 86% of EYPs said they were satisfied with navigating the online platform.