The state’s Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) is an initiative to provide 2 free pre-school years for children before they start primary school.
With effect from 1st September 2016, children can avail of the ECCE scheme for up to two years prior to starting primary school, depending on the date the child turned three years old.
The examples below may assist you with in ascertaining when your child will be eligible:
If born within these dates below: Your child can join the ECCE scheme at the entry point below:
1st January 2016 – 31st December 2016 1st September 2019 + 1st September 2020
1st January 2017 – 31st December 2017 1st September 2020 + 1st September 2021
1st January 2018 – 31st December 2018 1st September 2021 + 1st September 2022
1st January 2019 – 31st December 2019 1st September 2022 + 1st September 2023
The ECCE scheme provides for a free placement of up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks in line with the school term.
Once your child is three years of age, and has joined the ECCE scheme at the relevant entry point, they can remain in the scheme until they start primary school, at either four or five years of age. In delivering the ECCE scheme to all our Preschool children, we adheres to the principles of Síolta and Aistear, the national framework for early years care and education.
All Childcare centres are registered for the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) Government Pre School Scheme. Please contact us at (085) 2772633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about ECCE Preschool places.
If you have any questions about funding or child place, please get in touch with us. We are happy to help you in any way we can
The National Childcare Scheme is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare in Ireland. For more information on the scheme, please click on the link below