Learner Fund Childminder Bursary Fund 2020

Learner Fund Childminder Bursary 2020


The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will open the Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders who are registered with Tusla and hold a Level 5 or Level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The Carlow County Childcare Committees will process and appraise Learner Fund Childminder Bursary applications.


The following rules apply to the Childminder Bursary:


  1. This 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 5 or Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and achieved in the academic years 2014 to 2020 inclusive.
  3. The bursary amount will be €750.
  4. The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary cannot be paid in respect of partially completed awards.
  5. Letters from training providers which state that a partially completed award is equivalent to a full award will not be accepted.
  6. The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Learning and Care sector.
  7. Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund 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. Applicants must currently be a Tusla registered Childminding Service.
  10. Application must be made by the holder of the award and not by any third party on their behalf.


With that regard, the following documents are available

Childminder Bursary :

Childminder Bursary Rules for Applicants

Childminder Bursary Application Form 2020

Key dates for consideration

Sept 14th Applications open to CCCs
Oct 23rd Deadline for submission of applications – close at 5pm
Nov 3rd CCCs provide spreadsheet of recommendations/decisions to Pobal

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