Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward is urging
all diploma-qualified early childhood educators in the Goulburn Electorate to
consider applying for a scholarship to boost their qualifications.


Minister for Early Childhood Education
Sarah Mitchell has announced that applications for the next round of the NSW
Government’s Rural and Remote Early Childhood Education scholarships are open
now until 9 June 2018.


Ms Goward said these scholarships have
already had an impact on services across Goulburn and NSW.


“Since this scholarship program was
introduced, the NSW Government has supported 109 educators across the state to
upskill. That’s 109 more bachelor qualified teachers giving our children the
best possible early childhood education,” she said.


“These scholarships are flexible and can be
used for a number of costs incurred during studies. This could include
textbooks, travel costs, technology to support study, or course fees.


“I strongly urge anyone who is eligible to
think about applying.”


Minister Mitchell said she is proud the NSW
Government is continuing to support educators in rural and remote parts of the


“Everyone knows how crucial early childhood
educators are in ensuring our children have the best start to their educational
journeys as possible, no matter where they’re from,” Ms Mitchell said.


The scholarships, valued up to $10,000, are
available to candidates working in a rural or remote community preschool,
mobile preschool or long day care service and must not have already commenced
an early childhood teaching degree.


This is the fourth round of the $1.3
million scholarship program, which will award up to 30 scholarships every year
for four years from 2017 to 2020.


For more information on the scholarships and how
to apply, visit the Department of Education website at https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/working-in-early-childhood-education/professional-development-and-scholarships/rural-and-remote-early-childhood-teaching-scholarships


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