The Learner Fund is an initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). Since this Initiative was established in 2013, more than 3,000 early years practitioners have been supported to raise their qualification level in Early Childhood Care and Education.
LEARNER FUND NOW OPEN
The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) has re-opened 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.