Free online early years courses & training

Empowering early years professionals: Free online training opportunities

Continuous professional development is pivotal in today’s dynamic educational environment. For those dedicated to the early years sector, free online training courses offer a valuable resource for enhancing skills, complying with legal standards, and implementing best practices. In this blog, Anne committed to facilitating access to essential training and empowering educators and caregivers to excel in their roles.

Importance of early years education - Key facts and statistics

Early years education is crucial in laying the foundation for lifelong learning and development. Studies indicate that high-quality early education can lead to significant long-term benefits, including improved educational outcomes, higher employment rates, and enhanced social skills. The government recognises this impact in England, with policies to support early childhood education professionals through funding and training initiatives.

Key definitions

  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - The framework sets the standards for children's learning, development, and care from birth to five in England.
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) - Ongoing training and education to enhance professional knowledge and skills.

Relevant legislation and regulations

Professionals in the early years sector must adhere to specific legislation and regulations to ensure the highest standards of care and education:

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework - Mandates safe and effective practice across all early years settings.
  • The Children Act 1989 and 2004 - Focus on the child's welfare, with an emphasis on safeguarding and promoting the educational welfare of children.
  • Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 - Ensures that workplaces, including early years settings, provide safe environments for children and staff.

These laws are complemented by guidance from regulatory bodies such as Ofsted, which oversees the quality and standards of early education.

Enhancing skills through free online courses

The Mandatory Training Group offers a range of free online courses designed specifically for early years professionals. These courses cover essential topics such as child development, safeguarding practices, and health and safety. By taking advantage of these free resources; educators can stay current with the latest educational strategies and compliance requirements without the financial burden.

Integrating best practices

Our courses not only align with legislative requirements but also encourage the integration of best practices into daily routines. Topics such as inclusive education, early literacy, and emotional intelligence are explored, ensuring that all children benefit from a holistic and supportive learning environment.


  • Regular training - Engage in ongoing professional development to keep abreast of the latest educational techniques and regulatory changes.
  • Apply learning - Implement new knowledge and skills in your setting to improve outcomes for children.
  • Stay informed - Stay updated with legislation changes and best practices through reliable sources.


Investing in free online early years courses is more than a compliance measure; it’s a commitment to professional excellence and a dedication to the welfare of children. At The Mandatory Training Group, we believe in supporting this journey by providing accessible, comprehensive training solutions.

Elevate your professional journey with our suite of free online early years courses. Click here to access our resources and ensure your knowledge is current, comprehensive, and impactful. Start today—because every child deserves the best start in life.

About the author

Anne Rodgers

Anne has over 40 years of experience in the early years sector including owning and managing a chain of nurseries, lecturing and assessing and writing books, blogs and courses on early years. She is a real advocate for continual professional development so that early years staff remain current in their job roles and have the knowledge to help them provide high quality care and education to young children.

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