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Early Childhood Education

GYO 2021 Service Subsidy

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Grow Your Own - Service Subsidy Application

About the Grow Your Own Program

The NSW Department is launching a new program in the Illawarra and Wingecarribee region to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators by offering trainee scholarships and an early childhood education and care (ECEC) service subsidy.

The objectives of the Grow Your Own Program are to:

  • Increase the number of Aboriginal early childhood educators (ECE) in the Illawarra and Wingecarribee regions
  • Support the ongoing development of the ECE workforce in line with the Department’s Workforce Strategy
  • Improve the quality of ECEC services in NSW
  • Build the capacity of local people and people of diverse backgrounds in obtaining ECE qualifications and employment

About this application

This application is for Early Childhood Education and Care Services interested in giving an Aboriginal trainee the chance to start an early childhood career at their service. It is a wonderful opportunity for experienced early childhood educators to model best practice.

The subsidy is to support the employment retention of the trainee following the completion of their studies.

Full details of the program can be found in the Program Guidelines which can be accessed here: Grow Your Own Program Guidelines. Applicants should read the Program Guidelines before submitting an application. If you have any questions about the application or program, please send an email to

Program benefits

Successful applicants will:

  1. Receive $20,000 to assist with the costs of retaining the trainee in employment for a minimum of 18 months after the end of their traineeship at or above award rates.
  2. Have an opportunity to help build the capacity of local Aboriginal people in obtaining ECE qualifications and employment.
  3. Receive high quality mentoring and support from ECTARC over a two year period for the trainee.
  4. Be able to include trainees and apprentices in staff ratios.
  5. Have a skilled worker that knows the children, parents and how your service operates.