Two hundred early years apprentices will benefit from an increased bursary of £3,000 - up from £1,500 - with a further £300 available for training and study as part of the government’s drive to attract high-quality candidates to the profession.
The bursaries, announced in May this year, are available to those taking part in an early years apprenticeship scheme which offers a high-quality route to becoming an early years educator, the modern equivalent of the highly respected nursery nurse diploma. The first 200 successful applicants to the bursary scheme will secure the increased award of £3,000.
Evidence shows that gaps in educational attainment between the most disadvantaged children and those from wealthier backgrounds are already well established before children reach school. We know that qualified and highly skilled leadership is the best way to improve outcomes for these children, by raising standards and ensuring that all young children receive the best possible start in life.
In ‘More great childcare’, the government set out its plans to increase the number of skilled staff working in the early years, and to improve qualifications so that parents and providers have greater confidence in the calibre of people teaching young children.
Elizabeth Truss, Childcare and Education Minister, said:
"Caring for and educating young children requires great skills and specific experience. I hope the increased bursaries announced today encourage more talented people to start a career in early education, which can be a fantastically rewarding job.
Research shows that a third of children are starting school without basic language and communication skills - in poorer areas, this rises to more than a half. Knowledgeable and experienced staff, such as the new early years educators, will play a vital role in providing good quality early years education to ensure that all children - no matter what their starting point in life - develop the skills they need for learning."
To be eligible, applicants will need to secure an apprenticeship position in a nursery, school nursery, or children’s centre that delivers the early learning places for 2-year-olds and hold at least a GCSE, at grade C or above, in English and Maths.
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