Students and apprentices

Whether you are starting out training as an early years practitioner, learning on the job as an apprentice, or extending your professional knowledge with a degree in Early Childhood Studies or a postgraduate qualification, we’re here to support your learning.

As a student, get discounted membership and benefit from:

  • Discounts on the cost of events and publications
  • Access to the Early Education Journal
  • Regular email updates on changes to the regulatory framework and recent research and policy reports.
Membership may be available to you for free if your college or university has group membership of Early Education – ask your tutor for further details about how to access free student Membership.
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The Early Education Journal

Our termly members’ magazine is a great resource for students at any level. Each themed issue has articles on recent early years research and practice-based examples to support your learning. Members can access a back-catalogue of issues online.

Free online resources

Our website includes a wealth of content about early years pedagogy including blog posts, short articles and practice guides covering issues such as outdoor learning and early years pupil premium.

Local branch events

A great way to network with other practitioners and often include opportunities to visit nearby settings to see examples of different approaches to organising early years provision.

National conferences and events

These give you a chance to hear from well-known speakers and engage in discussions with other members from around the UK (and sometimes beyond)

Our books

A great accessible introduction to a range of topics, from how young children learn to physical development in young children.