LEARNER FUND BURSARY – SUMMER/AUTUMN 2018 will re-open to Early Years practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme.  The Longford County Childcare Committee will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.  Applications will open earlier than previously to maximise the number of graduates who can apply. Please contact Longford County Childcare Committee (043 33 42505) to request an application form.

Bursary Fund

The Bursary Fund is for students/ Early Years Professionals who had completed their Level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and was achieved in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, or in the 2017/2018 academic year and must be working presently in an Early Years Service. It is re-opened Summer/Autumn 2018. The local County Childcare Committee (CCCs) will process and appraise Leaner Fund Bursary applications.

Great News: Learner Fund Bursary Re-opening Summer/Autumn 2018

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Years practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme.  The local County Childcare Committee will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.  Applications will open earlier than previously to maximise the number of graduates who can apply.

To be considered eligible for the Learner Fund Bursary, an applicant must:

  1. The qualification for which the bursary is pad must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list.
  2. The aware must be placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and was achieved in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 or in the 2017/2018 academic year.
  3. The bursary amount will be €750.
  4. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary will not be paid in respect of partially completed awards.
  5. A letter of eligibility to practice from DCYA stating that the applicant may work as an ECCE room leader at the higher capitation rate can also be accepted.
  6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Years Sector (and is at least Level 7 on the NFQ).
  7. Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund Bursary for a second time if they have already received it before.
  8. The applicant cannot have recevied any public funding in support of their completing the aware relating to this application.
  9. The bursary is only available to experienced practitioners who were working in a Tusla registered Early Years’ service prior to beginning their course.
  10. Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Years’ service.
  11. Applicants can apply with a full transcript of the completed degree in lieu of a graduating certificate.  A full transcript; can be obtained from the educational institution and must show clearly that the learner has been  awarded the full degree. (Screenshots or downloads from student accounts / portals cannot be accepted). 
  12. Late or incomplete applications; will not be accepted.
  13. Decision of the CCC is final and cannot be appealed.
  14. Have submitted a completed application form (along with all relevant documentation) to their local CCC no later than 5 pm on Friday, 28th of September 2018.

PLEASE NOTE:

Applications do not open until 20th of August 2018.  Please contact your local County Childcare Committee for an application form.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Screenshots or downloads from student accounts/portals cannot be accepted.

Decision of the CCC is final and cannot be appealed.