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Bursary Fund

This year seen the introduction of the Bursary Fund for students/ Early Years Professionals who had completed their Level 7/8 in the last 5 years (graduated in ECEC in 2013,2014,2015 or 2016) and must be working presently in an Early Years Service. This was made available at the start of2017. The press release from the DCYA at the time read:

Bursary for certain childcare staff who have completed degrees in early childhood education and care (ECEC)

Thursday 12th January, 2017

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, is delighted to announce that funding has been made available to provide a bursary to certain childcare staff who have completed degrees in early childhood education and care at their own expense.

All early years services currently contracted with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to provide various childcare programmes were notified of the availability of the bursary before Christmas.  Applications for the bursary must be received by the local City or County Childcare Committee by 5pm on Tuesday 17th January 2017.

In order to qualify for the bursary, which will amount to €750 per applicant, applicants must:

·    Have graduated with a major award in early childhood education and care at Level 7, 8 or 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications in 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016.  The qualification must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list;

·    Have been working in a registered early years service prior to beginning the course;

·    Be currently working in a registered early years service;

·    Not have received any State funding to assist in completing the course (including funding from City or County Childcare Committees);

·    Complete and forward the application form BY POST OR BY HAND – together with all relevant documentation – to their local City or County Childcare Committee by 5pm on Tuesday 17th January 2017.

The application form for the bursary can be obtained from local City/County Childcare Committees, or downloaded from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website. (Now Closed for Applications)

Minister Zappone said that she was delighted to be in a position to make some funding available to staff who had undertaken higher level courses at their own expense.  “Up to now, available funding has been targeted to support staff to achieve the minimum childcare qualification (Level 5) that is now a requirement under the Early Years Services Regulations, or to achieve the Level 6 qualification required by pre-school leaders under the ECCE contract”, the Minister said.  “My Department hopes now to focus on the higher level childcare qualifications, and providing some support to staff who have undertaken such courses of study on their own initiative is the first step in this process.”