What is CPD?

Continuing professional development (CPD) is fundamental to today’s education and business environment. It ensures that you have the breadth of knowledge demonstrating your commitment to lifelong learning in a rapidly changing world.

EYTO expect members to undertake 24 hours of formal and informal professional development every year.

This is a professional obligation to children, parents, carers and employers. As a committed Early Years Teacher, you are responsible for your own CPD activities and you are expected to complete the required hours every year.

EYTO provides support for this is the member’s area, as well as providing a handy log to record all your CPD and also provide regular training to attend.


  • Across the UK CPD is expected of most individual professionals in most sectors.
  • Employers increasingly expect their staff to undertake CPD.
  • CPD helps keep knowledge and skills up-to-date.
  • It ensures that the professional standard of the qualification is maintained.
  • Completing CPD allows you to showcase your achievements and equip you with the tools to develop and change positively.
  • It develops confidence and credibility within the workforce.
  • For employers, the benefit of CPD is ensuring standards are high and consistent.
  • CPD promotes a greater work engagement and general commitment to job roles.
  • CPD allows for the best sharing of practice and support.
  • It contributes to maximising staff potential, improving staff moral and provides a benchmark for annual reviews.


EYTO strongly believes in regular CPD for its members. This is strongly focused on in our Code of Professional Practice for all members.

You can access our code of professional practice page here


Within the Member’s area you will have access to a wide range of CPD guidance and support including our interactive CPD design wheel especially for Early Years Teachers.