HAWKESBURY RURAL AND REMOTE EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

DP with Gabrielle Goco
DP with Gabrielle Goco

Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet is pleased to congratulate Ms Gabrielle Goco from Glenorie Preschool Kindergarten Association Inc on being awarded a Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarship.

Mr Perrottet said it is a great opportunity for local educators to receive up to $10,000 in funding to help with the costs of upgrading their qualification to a four-year Bachelor’s degree.

“These scholarships are specifically for early childhood educators working in regional, rural and remote areas, outside of the big cities,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We want our local educators to have the best qualifications, so I congratulate the 2017 scholars and strongly encourage Hawkesbury people to consider applying for this valuable assistance for their studies in 2018.”

Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said the rural and remote early childhood teaching scholarships encouraged local diploma-qualified staff in early childhood education and care services to boost their qualifications.

“This will result in an overall improvement to the delivery of early childhood education programs by increasing the number of qualified early childhood teachers across NSW in rural and remote areas,” Mrs Williams.

Ms Goco will be using her scholarship towards completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of New England.

The Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarships are part of the Government’s $80 million Rural and Remote Education Blueprint for Action.

The next round of scholarships will be open in April 2017 for the 2018 academic year.

For more information on the scholarships and how to apply, visit the Department of Education website at www.dec.nsw.gov.au/what-we-offer/regulation-and-accreditation/early-childhood-education-care/scholarships/rural-and-remote-scholarships.