The programme aimed to attract graduates from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds and to:
Over the two year programme participants undertook an MA in Early Years, gained Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) as well as management and leadership experience.
The first cohort of New Leaders in Early Years graduated on 3rd May 2013.
The second cohort graduated on 31st January 2014.
The programme is now closed to new applicants but lessons learnt have influenced the development of the new Early Years Initial Teacher Training (ITT).
"New Leaders in Early Years (NLEY) is a fantastic new programme designed to encourage the very best graduates to sign up to be leaders in the Early Years sector.
New Leaders in Early Years will help to raise the profile and status of those working with young children - which is crucial to giving every child the opportunity and confidence to grow and achieve in life. I hope that talented and committed men and women will sign up to be a part of this exciting new opportunity."
Sarah Teather MP - Minister of State for Children and Families (March 2011)
Find out more about the New Leaders in Early Years Programme in this short video
Find out what some of the New Leaders are doing and the impact they are having now