Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application form Autumn 2019


The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) will re-open the Learner Fund Bursary to Early Learning and Care practitioners who are new graduates of a recognised Early Childhood Education and Care degree programme. The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will process and appraise Learner Fund Bursary applications.


1.       The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be on the DCYA Early Learning and Care Recognised Qualifications list.

2.       The award must be placed at level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and was achieved in the academic years 2013-2019.

3.       The bursary amount will be €750.

4.       The qualification must be a full, major award; the bursary will not be paid in respect of partially completed awards.

5.       A letter of eligibility to practice from DCYA stating that the applicant may work as an ECCE room leader at the higher capitation rate can also be accepted

6.       The qualification for which the bursary is paid must be that which qualifies the person to work in the Early Learning and Care sector (and is at least level 7 on the NFQ).

7.       Applicants may only apply once and cannot be granted the Learner Fund bursary for a second time if they have already received it before

8.       The applicant cannot have received any public funding in support of their completing the award relating to this application.

9.       The bursary is only available to experienced practitioners who were working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care service prior to beginning their course.

10.   Applicants must be currently working in a Tusla registered Early Learning & Care Service.

11.   Staff working in standalone School Age Childcare services are not eligible to apply.

12.   Applicants can apply with a full transcript of the completed degree in lieu of a graduating certificate.  A full transcript; can be obtained from the educational institution and must show clearly that the learner has been awarded the full degree.  Screenshots or downloads from student accounts / portals will cannot be accepted.

13.   Late or incomplete applications; will not be accepted.

14.   Decision of the CCC is final and cannot be appealed.


Click here to download application form Learner Fund Graduate Bursary Application Form Autumn 2019


All forms must be fully completed and returned BY POST OR BY HAND to your local CCC no later than 5PM on Friday 27th September 2019








Dublin City Childcare Committee CLG are delighted to announce that the Parent & Toddler Group Grant Applications have now been extended to the 2nd August 2019.

For information on the Parent & Toddler Group grants and to request an application form please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or phone (01) 873 3696.

The closing date for the grant application is now Friday 2nd August 2019.




DCYA Press Release - Minister Zappone response to RTÉ investigation into crèche failings

Thursday 25th July 2019

Speaking in the wake of yesterday evening’s RTÉ Investigates programme Behind Closed Doors, Minister Zappone expressed her shock and anger at the mistreatment of children in the crèches investigated.

Commenting on the undercover footage, Minister Zappone said, “I was appalled and horrified. I share parents’ distress at seeing young children being subjected to such abhorrent behaviour. I am disgusted by what I saw.”

Minister Zappone acknowledged that many parents who saw the programme will be worried for their own children who attend crèches. However, she assured parents that a number of authoritative and independent sources have assured her that the vast majority of services meet required standards.

She also expressed her confidence in Tusla, the independent regulator of these services, and gave assurance that Tusla has been taking robust action to address the poor standards and management failings in the crèches that were focus of the RTÉ Investigates programme.  However, the evidence presented last night was new and not available to the Inspectors up to now. She acknowledged that Tusla has closed 5 services in the last 18 months and is at advanced stages of enforcement process with many others. Evidence such as that gathered by RTÉ or provided by parents and staff can assist Tusla with its enforcement procedures.

Tusla has inspected the crèches covered in the RTÉ programme a number of times under the new Regulations that came into force in 2016. Whenever it has identified failings, it has required changes. Tusla has been actively pursuing enforcement actions in relation to the services. Tusla took one of the services to Court earlier this year for operating without registration. The service is now registered with conditions, which Tusla continues to actively monitor.

While stressing that mistreatment of children is never acceptable, Minister Zappone cautioned that due process must be followed in all Tusla’s investigations. This is ultimately to protect children and ensure that justice is served.

Click here to read full press release.





Dublin City Childcare Committee are delighted to announce that the Childminding Grant Applications 2019 are now open.

The purpose of the Grant is to enhance quality and safety childcare services for all children and their families. 

Please read carefully through application process and eligibility requirements. 

For further information on the requirements of the grant and to download an application form, please click the link below.

Childminding Development Grant 2019

Please do not hesitate to contact Audra Hubbard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on (01) 8897123 for further advice on applying for the grant.

Deadline for all grant applications is the 14th August 2019.

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