Early professional development is a fairly recent notion. The government EPD pilot funds were for teachers in their second and third years so many people think that EPD just covers this two-year period. But it makes more sense to me to use the concept of early professional development more widely to cover, say, the first five years. In your first year, when you complete your induction period, you should have intensive support, so this section focuses on what professional development there is for you when you're no longer labelled a newly qualified teacher - your second to fifth years.
The first chapter describes the elements and issues around professional development in general and EPD in particular. I give examples of what teachers in their fourth and fifth years have done with their professional bursaries. Then I focus on how to choose what to develop, how to do so - and how to evaluate what you've achieved.
The range of professional development activities is huge. The second chapter lists these and goes into more detail on how to learn from observing others, getting the most from going on courses and lastly about doing a masters degree - an increasingly popular option for many teachers.