Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2016

McArthur Early Childhood Leadership Development Scholarship

 

 

McArthur Early Childhood Leadership Development Scholarship – CLOSED

 

Background
This scholarship is supported by the human resources firm McArthur which works closely with the early childhood sector to provide both permanent and casual staff.

 

McArthur actively supports the development of the early childhood profession and the provision of high quality services to children and their families. This scholarship reflects McArthur’s commitment to the sector and the belief that the opportunity for leaders to advance their skills is essential to the continued improvement and growth of the sector, with the investment resulting in positive outcomes for children, families and staff.

McArthur Early Childhood Leadership Development Scholarship – Closed

The scholarship is sponsored by McArthur and supported by Early Childhood Australia (ECA) to inform and promote professional learning and the quality of early childhood leadership. The scholarship will support one recipient to:

    • study exemplary early childhood services or programs overseas or within Australia
    • attend an early childhood conference or event either overseas or within Australia.

Purpose

The purpose of the scholarship is to:

      • raise awareness that professional learning can inform and improve the quality of leadership in early childhood education and care programs
      • promote leadership in the early childhood field
      • disseminate knowledge to the early childhood field
      • recognise leaders or developing leaders who are able to create environments that support and enhance the professional growth of other early childhood educators and deliver improved opportunities and outcomes for young children.

Eligibility
The scholarship is available to any person who:

      • holds an early childhood degree
      • currently works with young children in an early childhood service
      • is a member of ECA (or employed by a service or organisation that is a member)
      • is a permanent resident of Australia.

Applicants will be required to commit to undertake the study program within twelve months of being awarded the scholarship and to deliver a presentation on outcomes from their study program at the ECA Conference in 2018, to be held in Sydney, NSW (travel expenses and conference registration are covered as part of the scholarship). This includes providing documentation from their employer outlining support, and the availability of leave, to undertake the proposed activities in the study program. This is required as part of the application.

Past recipients of the McArthur Leadership Development Scholarship may not reapply, but this does not exclude past recipients of the McArthur Student Encouragement Scholarship. ECA National Board members and employees are also not eligible to apply.
Judging criteria
A Selection Panel will be established by the ECA National Board and McArthur to review all applications and select a recipient. Proposals will be judged against the following criteria:

      1. The significance and value of the knowledge and skills the recipient expects to gain from the study plan or conference.
      2. How the knowledge and skills gained will deliver improved opportunities and outcomes for young children.
      3. How the professional knowledge and skills gained will be disseminated to the early childhood field and enhance the professional growth of other early childhood educators.
      4. The potential for the scholarship recipient to be a leader in the early childhood sector in the short, medium and long term.

Decisions of the Selection Panel are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Application process
Applications for the McArthur Early Childhood Scholarship must include information that addresses the following:

      1. An outline of the applicant’s leadership potential (800 words max), including:
        1. Examples of how you have made changes or had an impact on your team or setting in the past as evidence of your leadership potential.
        2. How you would like to support and enhance the professional growth of other early childhood educators and deliver improved opportunities and outcomes for young children.
      2. A proposed program of study or conference attendance (1000 words max), including:
      3. Details of the study program and/or conference.
      4. Your goals for the study program and/or conference and their significance for other early childhood educators.
      5. A description of the potential outcomes or benefits for you professionally that you expect to gain from the study program and/or conference, and any long-term links that you may establish at a professional level.
      6. An outline of how you will share outcomes or learnings with others and how this will potentially benefit the children, families and educators at your workplace.
      7. Letters of support from your employer and referees, including:
        1. A written reference from three referees that attest to your leadership, commitment to early childhood and your ability to provide positive outcomes for staff, children and families consistent with your proposal and the purposes of the scholarship.
        2. A statement of support from your employer (who may also be one of your referees).

Scholarship budget
The scholarship budget is intended to contribute toward the costs involved in the study program and/or conference attendance. The budget may include:

      • conference fees
      • travel interstate and/or overseas—a return economy fare or its equivalent, from the capital city in the state of residence to the national or overseas destination
      • living allowance.

Please note: The scholarship does not fund capital expenditure, for example, computers and other equipment.
Scholarship benefits
The recipient of the scholarship will receive:

      • up to $10 000 to study exemplary early childhood services or programs overseas or within Australia and/or to attend an early childhood conference or event either overseas or within Australia
      • 50 per cent of the scholarship funds when their name is announced as the winner of the scholarship, with the remainder paid on confirmation of expenditure of funds.
      • economy airfares, accommodation and conference registration for the 2016 ECA National Conference in Darwin, NT (for the award announcement) and again to the 2018 ECA National Conference in Sydney, NSW
      • the opportunity to write an article (or be interviewed) for an edition of Every Child magazine after their final report has been submitted

Please note: The recipient must adhere to the conditions and responsibilities outlined in the application form.
Requirements
The winner of this award will provide the Scholarships Committee with two reports—an initial report before the study program/conference which provides finalised details of the study program/conference attendance detailing what is being done and when, and a final report within three months of completing their study/attendance. This final report will detail what was done as a result of the scholarship.

The scholarship recipient is required to present a workshop or seminar at the 2018 ECA National Conference in Sydney, NSW, about how their study program or participation in a conference has affected their approach to their work with young children and their leadership capacity, and to write an article for an ECA publication. The purpose of these requirements is to make a contribution to professional knowledge, practice and/or policy as appropriate.

The scholarship recipient is also required to present a workshop or seminar to the McArthur staff and/or board about how their study program or participation in a conference has affected their approach to their work with young children and their leadership capacity, and/or write an article for the McArthur newsletter.

Applications are confidential and will remain confidential throughout the reviewing process. Applicants should complete the application form and submit their applications via email to awards@earlychildhood.org.au.

Applications Closed

Completed application forms should be emailed to awards@earlychildhood.org.au

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