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Early Years Traineeship

A Traineeship in Early Years provides you with an intensive period of work experience and training to give you the best opportunity of entering an apprenticeship, employment or further full-time study. The programme of study includes attending a high quality work experience placement as well as attending college two days a week to achieve a qualification in Early Years, preparing for employment, Functional Skills Maths and English (where required).

Entry requirements

You can start a traineeship if you…

  • are currently not in a job
  • have little or no work experience
  • are aged between 16-24 and do not have a full Level 3 qualification (e.g. two A-Levels) OR
  • are aged up to 25 Education, Health and Care plan or Learning Difficulty Assessment.

Course content

You will study towards:

  • BTEC Level 2 Award in Children's Play, Learning & Development
  • NCFE qualification in Job Search & Employment Potential
  • Functional Skills Maths
  • Functional Skills English

Assessment methods

A wide range of assessment methods including written assessments and observation of performance in the work place.

Further study and career options

Completing your Traineeship will allow you to progress onto an Apprenticeships, further education at Level 3 or full-time employment.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start a Traineeship you will need to be eligible. To check this and for more information, visit the Traineeship section of our website.

LengthStart DateDay(s)LocationCourse Code
Minimum of 15 weeks Flexible Contact us, Various Cauldwell Street K1547


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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