The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme is a Government funded initiative that provides 2 FREE years of pre-school to every child in Ireland between the ages of 3 – 5 years. In general, children are eligible for the ECCE scheme if they are aged over 3 years 2 months and up to 5 years 8 months, on the 1st of September of the year that they will be starting.
In 2015, the Irish Government extended the scheme so that children can now avail of two years of free preschool. Previous to this the ECCE funding covered just one school year. A child who has been assessed as having a disability may be able to spread their free pre-school year over 2 years.
The normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours per day, 5 days a week over 38 weeks. If your child attends for longer than this each day, you will be charged for the extra time. Applying is easy you will simply need to provide your child’s PPS number. However spaces are limited so booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.
It’s an initiative that your child can avail of most of our centres, and we are proud to be part of it. You can learn more by giving our enquiries team a call now on 1890 273 243.
To check when your child will be eligible, please see this really useful doucument here.