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Bear Park Early Childhood Education Scholarship

Bear Park is an early childhood education centre inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Established in 1986 and now with multiple sites across Auckland and Dunedin. We are dedicated to providing the best innovative education and care for young children and are committed to ongoing professional development for all Early Childhood Educators.

Award value: Value of 50% of the recipient’s tuition fees in their final year, up to a max. of $3000.00 Number available: Varies
Provider: Bear Park Childcare
Contact: For any questions regarding this scholarship or information about Bear Park, please contact the People & Culture Manager on 09 520 4060 or email

The Scholarship

  • This Scholarship was established in 2020 to assist ECE students in their final year of study and to establish an employment relationship with Bear Park following graduation.
  • The Scholarship is to the value of 50% of the recipient’s tuition fees in their final year, up to a maximum of $3000.
  • Applicants must be entering their final year of study as a full-time student in either a Bachelor’s Degree or a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
  • If the recipient discontinues full-time study during the term of the Scholarship, the Scholarship will be relinquished and the recipient must pay back the full value of the money awarded to them.
  • Recipients will enter into a bond agreement with Bear Park to complete a minimum one year of fulltime employment as an Early Childhood Educator, commencing within 3 months of their graduation.

Selection Process

  • A Scholarship Application Form must be completed in full and received by the closing date to be eligible for selection. Applications will be accepted up to 3 months before the closing date.
  • Students must display a sound knowledge of good teaching practices and initiative for furthering their professional skills, as demonstrated by their academic achievement, recommendations from academic and professional leaders and information supplied on their application form.
  • Selected students shall participate in a face-to-face interview with a member of the Bear Park leadership team before a decision is made to award the Scholarship.
  • Award of the Scholarship is conditional on the completion of a satisfactory Bear Park Application for Employment Form and Risk Assessment for Children’s Workers, including police vetting service.
  • The Scholarship shall be awarded by the Directors of Bear Park, and in consideration of the advice received from programme, academic and professional leaders.
  • The Directors of Bear Park are not obliged to make an award if in any year there is no candidate of sufficient merit.


  • The offer of the Scholarship and the employment bond agreement must be accepted by the date specified in the offer letter. If the recipient does not return the signed agreement documents by the specified date, the offer will lapse and the Directors of Bear Park may offer the Scholarship to another student.
  • The Scholarship will be paid as a tuition fees credit in two instalments: one in the first semester and one in the second semester.
  • The Scholarship may be held concurrently with any other scholarship or award, provided this is not considered by the Directors of Bear Park to constitute a conflict of interest.

Applications for 2020 selections have closed.  Please email or send a letter to Bear Park Limited, PO Box 99696, Newmarket, Auckland 1149 if you require more information about applications for 2021 scholarships.