Bursary funding 2014/2015
2014/15 bursary funding criteria
Please read the following information/documents carefully before completing the bursary application form. Bursary award support is not guaranteed and you should not assume that you will be funded every year for long courses such as a L5 Foundation degree.
- To qualify for bursary award funding, the course must be recognised by SfYC (see training map).
At least 75% of the Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce must be delivered via group sessions involving tutor(s) to be eligible for a SfYC Bursary Award.
- Priority will be given to practitioners in settings that have a current 2014/15 subscription number.
School based staff and Out of School staff
- School based staff – only those working their full contracted paid hours in the nursery and/or Reception class will be eligible to apply. (Please print the bursary application form as a signature from the Headteacher is required by all school based applicants).
- Out of School - practitioners may apply for funding for Level 3 Playwork qualifications.
Level 2 and 3 Qualifications
- Support for Level 2 qualifications should be available through ‘Apprenticeship’ or similar funding administered directly by colleges and training providers.
- Level 3 bursary award - a maximum of £900 can be applied for if your setting has joined the training subscription scheme and a maximum of £450 if they have not.
From 1 September 2014 a new Level 3 qualification will be offered by training providers and colleges. If you are intending to study the new L3 Early Years Educator qualification and do not hold A*-C grades in GCSE English and Maths, your setting will not be able to include you in the adult:child ratios that are necessary for delivery of the EYFS.
Please ensure you have discussed the possible implications to your future employment with your manager before committing to/enrolling on the new L3 Early Years Educator qualification. If you do not hold A*-C grades in GCSE English and Maths you may need to consider undertaking these in September rather than the L3 qualification. Bursary funding will be available for both GCSE English and GCSE Maths (N.B. GCSE English Literature is not eligible for a bursary award).
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage - published March 2014 and effective September 2014 (Page 20)
3.23 In group settings, the manager must hold at least a full and relevant* level 3** qualification and at least half of the other staff must hold at least a full and relevant level 2 qualification. The manager should have at least two years experience of working in an early years setting, or have at least two years other suitable experience.
(* As defined by the National College for Teaching and Leadership)
(** To count in the ratios at level 3, staff holding an Early Years Educator qualification must also have achieved GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above)
Level 3 criteria 12 kB
Level 5 and Level 6 study
L5/L6 criteria 12 kB
- Funding for future years cannot be guaranteed at this stage. Proof of GCSE ‘C’ grades in English and Maths may be required by the Foundation degree provider.
- Bursaries will only be available for BA top up if your setting has joined the training subscription scheme. Payment for a BA (Hons) Top up is a one off amount.
The Application process
- Bursaries will only be available for BA top up if your setting has joined the training subscription scheme.
- If you are applying for a course at the Open University you must send your OU application form and your Sponsorship Agreement form to us with your bursary application.
Apply for a bursary
- Submit online form for L3 Bursary funding or download Level 3 Bursary application form 29 kB
Submit online form for L5/L6 Bursary funding or download L5/L6 Bursary application form 40 kB
Postal applications should be returned to this address:
Services for Young Children
Children's Services Department
Hampshire County Council
Elizabeth II Court North, 4th Floor