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NL Government’s Bursary Programs

NL Government’s Bursary Programs

March 24, 2023

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Graduate Bursary Program aims to attract and retain qualified early childhood educators in regulated child care services in Newfoundland and Labrador by reducing their student debt. The program provides financial assistance of up to $7,500 to graduates of a recognized two-year ECE Diploma program in the province, who commit to working full-time or part-time in a regulated child care service in the province for at least three years. The policies and procedures outline definitions of terms, eligibility criteria, bursary amount, application process, and return service requirements, which include verification of service requirements. Click here to find the program details and application form.

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) On-Campus Field Placement Bursary Program aims to increase the qualifications of child care providers in Newfoundland and Labrador, which will enhance the quality of regulated child care services available to children and families. This bursary will provide financial support to ECE students who are required to attend an on-campus field placement as part of their distance education program. Eligible candidates can receive up to $2,500 in total, and the application must be completed within 6 months of successful completion of each field placement. The Department of Education will assess eligibility and notify applicants within 10 business days. Click here to find the program details and application form.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Trainee Bursary Program aims to support Trainee (Entry) Level Caregivers who are taking Early Childhood Education courses to upgrade their certification level to level 1. The program provides $250 per successfully completed required post-secondary ECE certificate course. Eligible candidates must hold valid Trainee (Entry) Level Child Care Services certification, be working in regulated child care services in Newfoundland and Labrador, and complete the required courses through distance or online delivery from a provincially recognized post-secondary Early Childhood Education program. The Association of Early Childhood Educators Newfoundland and Labrador (AECENL) administers the program and applicants may apply by June 30, September 30, December 31 or March 31. Click here to find the program details and application form.


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