Bursary funding 2013/2014
2013/14 bursary funding criteria
Please read this 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 Foundation degree.
- 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 Level 3 bursary award.
- To qualify for funding or support for training, the course must be approved by SfYC (see training map).
- For applications in 2013/14 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.
- Early years and Children's Centre practitioners may apply for one Level 3 and one Level 5 bursary during their career in Hampshire.
- With effect from April 2013, Bursary Awards will only be available for courses that start in September/October and/or January.
- We expect to process your bursary application within 15 working days from receiving your form. Practitioners should contact us if no response has been received within 20 days.
- All completed application forms must be received by SfYC before or within 2 weeks of the course 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.
Priority will be given to Level 3/Foundation degree applications from the Early years and Children's Centres sector as follows:
unqualified employed/volunteer practitioners
practitioners in settings graded Satisfactory by Ofsted
practitioners in settings that need to maintain qualified staff ratios
existing Foundation Degree students.
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.
Bursary applications for GCSE English, Maths and Science will be considered on a first come basis, priority will be given to Foundation degree practitioners or those intending to undertake foundation degree study. the award will be 75% of the course fee up to a maximum amount of £150.
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 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 (no payment less than £150 will be made).
A 2013/14 Level 3 bursary award will not cover the full cost of the course you are intending to study. You must be prepared to fund any shortfall. The value of the 2013/14 Level 3 Bursary Award is a maximum of £900.
Funding Levels for 2013/14 September starts.
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.
Please notify us if your situation changes following your interview.
No bursaries will be available for BA top ups.
All completed application forms must be received by 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 SfYC within 14 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.
If funding is approved a confirmation slip detailing the amount awarded will be sent to you. You must take this to the training provider and obtain and keep a receipt as proof you have done this.
The training provider is responsible for sending an invoice to SfYC before the expiry date stated on the form.
All registration forms and exit questionnaires must be completed and returned to the training provider or SfYC for monitoring purposes.
If you are applying for a course at the Open University you will have to accompany your bursary application form with a copy of your OU application form and your Sponsorship Agreement.
- Each early years setting must 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 where necessary.
- Settings must allow the training provider access to staff for the purpose of assessment and observation as and when required.
Apply for a bursaryPostal applications should be returned to this address:
Services for Young Children
Children's Services Department
Hampshire County Council
Elizabeth II Court East
- Level 3 and Playwork Online Bursary Application - online form
- Foundation Degree Online Bursary Application - online form
- Level 3 Application Form 48 kB
- Foundation Degree Application Form 42 kB