Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams has announced a $1.3 million scholarship program for early childhood teachers working in rural and remote locations.
Mrs Williams said applications for the Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarships are now open to Diploma qualified early childhood educators who want to study a four-year Bachelor Degree.
“Starting in 2016, up to 30 scholarships will be available each year for four years and successful applicants will receive up to $10,000 to assist with the costs of their degrees,” Mrs Williams said.
“By increasing the skills of early childhood educators, we are giving children in rural and remote areas access to enhanced programs delivered by qualified educators.”
The Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarships are part of the Government’s $80 million Rural and Remote Education Blueprint for Action.
The blueprint commits $4 million over four years to strengthening early childhood education for children in rural and remote communities.
Further details about the scholarships and the application process are available on the Department of Education website – http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/what-we-offer/regulation-and-accreditation/early-childhood-education-care/scholarships/rural-and-remote-scholarships