High Quality Professional Development Services

crowdLEyEP offers high quality professional development services which include the following:

Advice and support on all aspects of EYFS provision and practice

The extended team can provide up to date knowledge and expertise regarding the delivery of good and outstanding practice, statutory requirements regarding Ofsted registration, regulation and inspection and how to meet the learning and development, safeguarding and welfare requirements effectively.

EYFS support for schools - Early Years Audit

LEyEP will be offering packages of support for schools based on the Early Years Audit. The audit covers all four key areas for Ofsted and through observation and reflection; it provides outcomes and areas for further development within each area. The key indicators within the audit provide an overview of good practice and support tools are offered alongside these. Schools will receive a basic action plan but if an in depth plan is required, this can be arranged along with a package of support visits tailored to the school’s individual needs.

Professional mentor role for teachers and practitioners

LEyEP can offer advice and support for Early Years Leaders and teachers in schools, offering that professional mentor relationship.

Recruitment and Workforce

Are you looking to recruit new staff or support existing staff to develop their qualifications? LEyEP has partnered with the Council’s Economic Development & Skills team, Job Centre Plus and Wigan & Leigh College in order to promote Childcare career pathways, to attract new practitioners into the Early Years Sector, support students to access placements and develop relationships between employers and newly qualified practitioners who are coming into the sector.

Contact us if you are interested in participating in careers events, meet the employer events, facilitate visits to your setting for childcare students or you would like to promote your job vacancies or placement opportunities.  

Bespoke consultancy

Our team of experts are available to offer you a consultancy service that can help you develop your services and workforce to its full potential.

High quality CPD

We offer a wide range of high quality training courses to support the professional development of the Early Years workforce.

Bespoke In house training offer

We have a wide range of high-quality training courses available to choose from alternatively we can develop bespoke training to suit your setting / staffs needs. Our in-house training can be delivered flexibly within your own setting during a twilight or weekend session.


The Early Years Team have recently co-ordinated and delivered bespoke in-house ‘Supporting Children with SEND for Practitioners’ training for 30 practitioners in a private and voluntary setting. The focus of the training was for staff to feel confident in putting in place the Graduated Approach and understanding their responsibilities from practitioner to manager level in supporting children with SEND. This was brought to life by then providing a modelling and coaching session, within their own nursery environment, using tried and tested strategies tailored to the settings needs.

The practitioner’s feedback was that they have:

"Learned a lot about their responsibilities and understand the Graduated Approach".

"I feel like I have been given tools and strategies to support me as a practitioner".

"It has given me the understanding to help support the children’s needs".

The Nursery Manager has contacted the team since the training to say she can already see strategies and advice from the training being embedded.

Projects to support school readiness

LEyEP has developed a range of evidence-based projects that will improve children’s outcomes. Contact us if you would like to access any of the following projects:

  • Wellbeing
  • Transition into Y1
  • WellComm Early Assessment and Intervention
  • Keys to Communication
  • Early Years Pupil Premium
  • Early Years Accredited SENCO Award.

Exemplar (indoor and outdoor) learning environments

Our exemplar environments are based at Hindley Nursery School and Douglas Valley Nursery School. They offer inspirational spaces that are fully resourced to showcase how to support children's developmentand enhance their learning.

If you would like to arrange a visit to either of the Nursery Schools or the Training Centre please contact us.

LEyEP Early Years conference

Join us at one of our Early Years events where you will have an opportunity to hear from high profile Early Years speakers, share good practice, attend workshops and network with other Early Years professionals.

Events will be advertised  on our Services for Schools page, Facebook page and newsletters - email us at LEYEP@wigan.gov.uk if you would like more details.

Become an Early Years Specialist Practitioner

Part of our approach to system leadership is to identify outstanding practice within the Borough. LEyEP Specialist practitioners have been nominated by us following our own observations of excellent practice or involvement with research or project work worthy of disseminating to others.

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