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.
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:
The purpose of the scholarship is to:
The scholarship is available to any person who:
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.
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:
Decisions of the Selection Panel are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Applications for the McArthur Early Childhood Scholarship must include information that addresses the following:
The scholarship budget is intended to contribute toward the costs involved in the study program and/or conference attendance. The budget may include:
Please note: The scholarship does not fund capital expenditure, for example, computers and other equipment.
The recipient of the scholarship will receive:
Please note: The recipient must adhere to the conditions and responsibilities outlined in the application form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed application forms should be emailed to email@example.com