The very early years of a child’s life are key in shaping their lifelong learning, development, and achievements. Working in partnership with parents and carers, early years teams deliver the early learning experiences that provide the foundation of children’s educational journeys, ensuring that every child has the best possible start in life. The Early Years Team of the Year Award recognises those teams whose dedication and commitment have helped transform children’s early learning and development.

We are looking for stories that demonstrate the positive impact early years teams have had on an individual child, a group of children, their families, or the wider community.

The 2023 Awards are now closed. Please register your interest for the 2024 Awards here.



Who can enter?

In its second year, this category is open to teams working in any type of early years setting educating children from birth to five, or Foundation Stages 1 and 2. All teams entering must operate within the relevant EYFS staff:child ratio for their age group and setting.

We welcome entries from school-based and PVI group-based providers.

Key points to consider

To maximise your nominee’s chances of success. we recommend you address the points below when writing your entry.

  • Impacting a child’s learning and development. How has the early years team enriched the life of an individual child or group of children? Outline the key ingredients and exceptional qualities that they have used to make this transformational change.
  • Wider positive contribution. Tell us how the early years team’s enthusiasm, expertise and commitment have enriched the lives of local families or the communities where they work. Show us examples of the ways in which their work has contributed to an improved sense of well-being for those around them.
  • Innovation. Share examples of how your early years team has used their creativity and brought new, fresh ideas to help children grow and develop.
  • Partnership working. Tell us how your nominee has collaborated with parents/carers or other external organisations to create positive learning environments for the children they work with. Please ensure you include parental feedback/quotes.

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2023 Pearson National Teaching Awards entry form

Note: Please read the 'Points to cover' prior to making your entry.