Bursary Program Promoting Cultural Representation in Early Childhood Education

What is the bursary?

The purpose of the Bursary is to provide financial support to residents of Nova Scotia who are members of Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, Acadian/Francophone and Newcomer/Immigrant (temporary foreign workers and international students do not qualify for this program) communities who are interested in pursuing a career in early childhood education (ECE) at one of the of the approved training institutions that deliver the program.

Each applicant may qualify for up to a maximum of $5,500.00 for tuition, fees and required text books for each year, to maximum of two years, of attendance at the ECE diploma training institution.

The Bursary is available for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 school years.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the Bursary, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be a resident of Nova Scotia.
  • Identify as Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, Acadian/Francophone or a Newcomer/Immigrant to Nova Scotia (temporary foreign workers and international students do not qualify for this program).
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in an approved full-time ECE diploma program.
  • Pre-register for the Bursary program by August 1, 2018.
  • Submit an application for the Bursary once a year for each year of study in the diploma program by the required deadline.

Is there a deadline to apply?

  • You must pre-register for the Bursary. Deadline extended to September 1, 2018.
  • The application must be received by Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) no later than two weeks after the date of your acceptance into in the ECE program.

For more information:

For more information on the program requirements, criteria and funding, please read the Terms and Conditions, or contact:

Kristina Creamer, Coordinator, Family Home Day Care & Early Childhood Education
NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Early Years Branch
Phone: 1-902-424-5460
kristina.creamer@novascotia.ca