Rural & Remote ECT Scholarships
Ready for the next step in your early childhood career?
A new round of scholarships is now open
If you're a diploma-qualified early childhood educator, the NSW Department of Education is offering you the opportunity to apply to upgrade to an early childhood teaching qualification.
The department's 2018 Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarships are designed to support educators to study for a bachelor's degree in early childhood teaching.
There are 30 scholarships available in this round, at up to $10,000 each.
Applications are open from 15 May to 9 June 2017.
The scholarships are open to early childhood educators who hold a diploma in early childhood education, and currently work in a long day care service, centre-based or mobile preschool in rural or remote NSW.
Why should I upgrade to an early childhood teaching qualification?
Early childhood teachers are invaluable to the quality and care of centre-based services. They deliver high-quality teaching and learning to young children, and help them get a strong start to their school life.
To align with the Education and Care National Regulations, NSW centre-based services with 30 or more preschool-aged children are required to have at least one early childhood teacher in attendance.
Furthermore, the NSW Education Standard Authority recognises the importance of early childhood teachers, and requires early childhood teachers to have their qualifications professionally accredited.
About the scholarships
The scholarships form part of the department's Rural and Remote Education: A blueprint for action. The program is designed to support educators working in rural and remote communities, and areas with an identified shortage of early childhood teachers.
The scholarships are being offered to support the delivery of quality preschool programs by qualified early childhood teachers working in rural and remote preschools and long day care services.
Up to 30 scholarships will be awarded every year from 2016 to 2019.
To be eligible to apply for a Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarship, applicants must:
- Currently work in a long day care service, or centre-based or mobile preschool in a rural or remote area of NSW
- Hold an approved diploma qualification in early childhood education, recognised by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
- Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- Intend to enrol in a bachelor's degree leading to a four-year university early childhood teaching qualification recognised by ACECQA
- Not have already commenced an early childhood teaching degree prior to applying for the scholarship
- Not be in receipt of any other scholarship funding related to the course for which the scholarship is sought.
Scholarships are offered for study in the 2018 academic year. There are a limited number of scholarships for applicants who wish to commence study in the last semester of the 2017 academic year.
What is a rural or remote service?
Generally, services outside of Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong are considered to be rural or remote.
Services with an ARIA + classification of Inner Regional, Outer Regional, Remote or Very Remote are considered to be rural or remote services for this scholarship application. To check whether your service is located in a rural or remote area of NSW, use the Department of Health's remoteness search tool.
The Remoteness description for the service is also provided on the NQA ITS database.
The department will assess the location of applicants and is responsible for making the final decision about whether an applicant is eligible.
If you are unsure about whether your service is located in a rural or remote area, please email email@example.com.
- Successful applicants will be offered a scholarship of up to $10,000 to complete a four-year early childhood teaching degree qualification, such as a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching).
- The degree must be recognised on ACECQA's Qualifications List of approved early childhood teaching degrees.
- Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement setting out the terms and conditions of the scholarship.
- Payments will be made via EFT in instalments over the course of the degree.
- After successful applicants provide official proof of enrolment, the signed Deed of Agreement, and other required documentation, an initial scholarship payment of $1,000 will be paid.
- The remainder of the allocated scholarship funds will be paid in instalments upon successful completion of 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of the whole course.
- Scholarship recipients can decide how best to use the funds to support their studies. This may include, but is not limited to, purchase or hire of textbooks and resources, costs associated with attending study sessions, technology to support study, or course fees.
- Scholarship recipients may defer their study for a maximum of 12 months, with the department's prior approval.
- To retain the scholarship, recipients must maintain employment in a rural and remote early childhood education service in NSW.
How to apply for a scholarship
Applications open on 15 May, and close on 9 June 2017.
As part of your application, you will be asked to supply:
- Proof of your diploma in early childhood education
- A supporting statement
- A supporting statement from your employer
- Details of the degree in which you intend to enrol
- Certified proof of your Australian citizenship or permanent residency.
Eligible early childhood teaching degrees
Details of available courses in NSW and ACT are listed on the Universities Admissions Centre's (UAC) website and on the relevant higher education providers' websites.
The course must be recognised on ACECQA's Qualifications List of approved early childhood teaching degrees.
Scholarship recipients may enrol in a course offered by any registered Australian higher education provider located in another state/territory. To retain the scholarship, recipients must be employed in and maintain employment in a rural and remote early childhood education service in NSW.
If you have questions about the 2018 Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarship, email the Early Childhood Directorate on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in August 2017.