ECCE Scheme

Free Pre-school Year in Early Childhood Care and Education Programme


The ECCE programme is designed to give children access to a free pre-school year of appropriate programme-based activities

in the year before they start primary school. Participation in a pre-school programme provides children with their first formal experience of early learning, the starting-point of their educational and social development outside the home. Children who avail of pre-school are more likely to be

ready for school and a formal learning and social environment. In general, each eligible child is entitled to one free pre-school year. Certain children with special needs may avail of a pro-rata provision over two years, provided they fulfill certain conditions

DCYA Guide to the ECCE for 2013/2014

Guidelines regarding Qualification (Free Preschool Scheme)

Services Offering the ECCE Scheme