Learner Fund 4 is re-opened for Applications

Following a review of Learner Fund 4, DCYA have amended the criteria to take account of feedback it has received in respect to the on-going training needs of the early year’s sector and the continuing qualification recognition process.
The opportunity to submit a Learner Fund 4 application is being provided to a targeted cohort of Learners as follows:

  • Early Years staff who received DCYA letters (after LF4 closed on March 10th 2016) and which confirms that their qualifications do not meet the requirements for the DCYA qualifications list/ ECCE Contractual requirements, are eligible to apply for LF4.
  • Early Years services who are expanding ECCE provision (additional room(s)) and as a result need a L6 person/s as a room leader/s – this round of LF4 is open to more than 1 application per service.
  • Early Years staff who; hold 5 QQI relevant certified/completed components at Level 5 will now be able to apply for a Level 6 award

Learner Fund 4 will re-open from 2.00pm August 4th– 6.00pm October 28th 2016

Applications should be submitted by the employer on behalf of the eligible staff member/s. All Learner Fund 4 courses should be completed by  December 2017 and allow the Learner to achieve a major award at  Level 6 on the NFQ.

The following guidance documents are available at these links:

Learner Fund 4 Information and FAQ (August 2016 updated)
Learner Fund 4 How to Apply (August 2016 updated)

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