The very early years of a child’s life are key in shaping their lifelong learning, development and achievements


This award recognises those teams whose dedication and commitment has 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.

What makes your team stand out? Addressing the key points provided, tell us in your entry what makes your early year’s team inspiring and successful?


Who can enter?

  • 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.
  • We welcome entries for diverse educators who represent the diversity of our society

Key points to consider

To maximise your nominee’s chances of success, please address these points in your entry.

Impacting a child’s learning and development. How has the 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 team’s enthusiasm, expertise and commitment has enriched the lives of local families or the communities in which they work. Show us examples of the ways in which they contributed as a team to an improved sense of well-being for those around them.

Innovation. Share examples of how your 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 and/or other external organisations to create positive learning environments for the children in their care. Parental feedback / quotes would be beneficial.

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2024 Pearson National Teaching Awards entry form

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

Thank you for your interest in the Teaching Awards. The 2024 awards are now closed. Please register your interest for the 2025 Awards and we will contact you when they launch.