Learner Fund Bursary Summer Autumn 2018



Learner Fund Bursary – 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 City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications. Applications will open earlier than previously to maximise the number of graduates who can apply.



1.       The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list.

2.       The award 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 received any public funding in support of their completing the award 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 will cannot be accepted.

12.   Late or incomplete applications; will not be accepted.

13.   Decision of the CCC is final and cannot be appealed.



Timeframe for applications:


20th August

Call for applications open by CCCs


28th September

All forms must be fully completed and returned BY POST OR BY HAND to your local CCC no later than 5PM on Friday 28th September 2018




Click here for application - Learner Fund Bursary Application form