The Pathway Fund 2021–2023

The Department of Education’s Pathway Fund for 2021/22 (and provisionally 2022/23) will open for application from Tuesday 5th January 2021.

The Pathway Fund is administered on behalf of the Department by Early Years – the Organisation for Young Children (EYO).  Details of the Fund can be found on the EYO website; including how to register for online information sessions about submitting an application.

The Pathway Fund aims to;

  • improve the development of children who are at risk of not reaching their full educational potential; and
  • enhance sustainability of the Early Years sector.

The Fund is open to all registered providers or facilitators of Early Years education and learning provision focused on children 0-4 years,  such as:

  • Registered Sessional Day-care Settings (Out of Schools, Summer Schemes, Playgroups, Crèches)
  • Registered Full Day Care Settings (Day Nurseries)
  • Registered Childminders
  • Facilitators of Early Years education and learning.

EYO can be contacted for queries relating to the Fund by visiting the Early Years website   

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