Learner Fund is currently closed to new applications. We have no updated information from DCYA as to when it might re-open. If you would like to contact us to see if there is any new developments, please do so, or alternatively check our latest news updates.
This year seen the introduction of the Bursary Fund for students/ Early Years Professionals who had completed their Level 7/8/9 in the last 5 years (graduated in ECEC in 2013,2014,2015,2016 and 2017) and must be working presently in an Early Years Service. This was made available at the start of 2017 and was again re-opened November 2017. The most recent press release from the DCYA for November 2017 stated:
Great News: Learner Fund Bursary Reopened
October 6th, 2017
The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary (announced early 2017) to Early Years practitioners who have completed a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7, Level 8, or Level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications since the inception of the Learner Fund (2013). This qualification must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list. The bursary amount will be €750. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process/appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.
To be considered eligible for the Learner Fund Bursary, an applicant must:
- Have graduated with a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017;
- Have a Qualification which is on DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list, evidenced by a graduating certificate;
- Have been working in a registered Early Years Service for two years prior to beginning their course;
- Be currently working in a registered Early Years Service;
- Have submitted a completed application form (along with all relevant documentation) to their local CCC no later than 5 pm on Tuesday 7th November 2017.
- The applicant cannot have received the Learner Fund bursary previously;
- The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application;
- A letter of eligibility to practice will also be accepted by DCYA providing the individual has received same on foot of an application made before the end of September 2017;
- The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Years sector. (DCYA is aware that an increasing number of qualified practitioners choose to pursue post-graduate education to further advance their practice, but is not in a position to provide funding in respect of this)
Applications do not open until October 16th 2017. Application Forms will be made available from this date.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The DCYA will make the decision on funding and all decisions are final.