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Bursary Funding Criteria L3 Early Years and Playwork
Please read this carefully before completing the bursary application form
Bursary award support is not guaranteed and is reviewed annually in line with local authority funding.
Bursary awards are a contribution towards your continuous professional development. All applicants are expected to contribute some funding towards the cost of the qualification they are applying for (minimum £100). Volunteers working in the sector must be working for a minimum of 12 hours per week in an early years/childcare setting to be eligible for a L3 bursary award.
Early years and childcare practitioners are eligible to apply for ONE L3 bursary award during their career in Hampshire. Eligibility will depend on having a valid training subscription number.
To qualify for funding or support for training the course must be approved by SfYC. Funding will be available and prioritised for L3 Diploma for Children and Young People's Workforce (early years pathway), L3 playwork and GCSE Maths/English. L3 playwork will be considered on a case by case basis only.
With effect from April 2013, Bursary Awards will only be available for courses that start in September/October and/or January.
At least 75% of the L3 Diploma for Children and Young People's Workforce (early years pathway) must be delivered via group sessions involving tutor(s) to be eligible for a SfYC bursary award. Please check that the course you are considering fulfils this requirement and you will be able to attend all taught sessions before applying for your bursary.
Priority will be given to level 3/foundation degree applications from the PVI sector based on the following criteria
- inadequate/satisfactory Ofsted judgement settings
- existing childminders who do not hold a L3
- unqualified/L2 employed/voluntary practitioners in areas of deprivation
- practitioners in settings that need to maintain qualified staff ratios
- practitioners who are/will become part of the Two Year old offer scheme
Supply cover may be available to targeted settings, SfYC will inform your setting if this is applicable.
School based staff - only those working their full contracted paid hours in the nursery and/or reception class will be eligible to apply for L3 Diploma for Children and Young People's Workforce (early years pathway) only. Please print the bursary application form as a signature from the Headteacher is required by all school based applicants. N.B. L2/3 teaching assistant qualifications will not be funded.
Support for level 2 qualifications should be available through 'apprenticeship' or similar funding administered directly by colleges and training providers. If funding is not available to early years/playwork practitioners through this route, bursary applications will be considered on a case by case basis only. Proof that alternative funding cannot be accessed will be required, please attach evidence from the college/training provider to your application. If a bursary is awarded it will be restricted to £300.
Each early years setting should have a training/development plan for their staff. Priority should always be given to ensuring that the number of qualified staff meet the requirements as defined by their Ofsted registration and/or the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage - Welfare Requirements 2012.
Each setting must actively support their staff in attending qualification training, by implementing/evaluating and sustaining changes to day to day practice as determined by the qualification where necessary.
Settings must allow the training provider access to staff for the purpose of assessment and observation as and when required.
All completed application forms must be received by the SfYC before or within 2 weeks of the training start date - incomplete forms will not be accepted. An up-to-date SfYC subscription number must be quoted.
All requests that meet the above funding criteria will be considered, however we cannot guarantee to fund all applications.
Full completion of the course is required. If for any reason you do not start or you withdraw from your qualification course once a bursary has been claimed by the college/training provider, you must inform the SfYC within 15 working days and be aware that failure to comply with this time frame means all or part of the bursary will be reclaimed from you.
With effect from 1st April 2011 any practitioner requesting a bursary for a foundation degree study must be aware that bursary support will be £800 for 1 year only. Funding for future years cannot be guaranteed at this stage. N.B proof of GCSE C grades in English and Maths will be required by the foundation degree provider.
If funding is approved a confirmation slip detailing the amount awarded will be sent to you within 15 working days. You must take the confirmation slip to the training provider and obtain and keep a receipt as proof you have done this. It is your responsibility to contact us if you do not receive confirmation of your award or a letter explaining why it has been declined.
Any registration forms and exit questionnaires required by SfYC must be completed and returned to SfYC for monitoring purposes.
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