Government ups early years apprenticeship bursary to £3,000

In a move to attract high-quality candidates to the early years profession, the government has doubled the bursary from £1,500 to £3,000.

The scheme, which is run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, is now open for applications. The first 200 successful applicants to the bursary scheme will secure the increased award of £3,000, gaining a nursery nurse diploma after completion of their apprenticeship.

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.”