Early years courses

Early years courses and qualifications

Find and apply for an early years course or qualification

The Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Academy (BESA) offers a range of courses and qualifications to support the early years sector.

For those looking to get into the sector, BESA works with local settings to deliver the free Introduction to Working in Early Years Settings course; ideal for anyone wanting to find out what it’s like to work in a nursery or pre-school.

For professionals already working within the sector, BESA offers a range of qualifications to support your career journey, ranging from Level 2 up to Level 5, including:

BESA also offers a range of short qualifications which are ideal for continuing professional development (CPD), covering specialist areas such as autism, behaviour, early brain development, mental health, safeguarding and prevent, and equality and diversity.

Early years vacancies across Central Bedfordshire