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: