REACH Cornwall, delivered by Truro and Penwith College and part-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the Business Clusters project, has developed an exciting new programme for early years managers and deputy managers, which is the first of its kind in the county.

L.E.A.P (Leading Education and Aspiration Programme) is suited to those keen to acquire the latest leadership and industry skills to help advance business operations and organisational best practice. The initial pilot for this programme is funded and will be offered completely free of charge providing a fantastic opportunity to gain an industry- recognised qualification.

Developed in partnership with Cornwall Council, the programme incorporates an ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management alongside bespoke sessions that have been hand-picked to cover key topics relevant to the sector.

Participants will gain a recognised qualification that will enable them to work on live projects that have the potential to benefit their business straight away, and the customised sessions will ensure that organisations are up to speed with the latest developments in key topics of early education.

Amanda Thompson, ESF Curriculum Developer at Truro and Penwith College, commented that it has been a privilege to work with colleagues across educational and organisational sectors to create an initiative that will support managers and deputy managers to develop the leadership and management skills they need to advance their business operations and embed evidence-based practice in their workplace.

Amanda added that:

‘The current pandemic has highlighted and informed the importance and relevance of many themes incorporated into the programme. For example, “Lost Learning” and the vital role early years education has in supporting the development of speech, language and communication.’

The course will begin in September and be taught as 10 two-hour online sessions until December and then as 10 half-day sessions from January to March. Although registrations have closed for the initial pilot, the REACH Cornwall team is happy to hear if you are interested in the course and hopes to deliver a second cohort in 2022. Please contact the team on 01872 308 240 or by email to