ECCE Scheme

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Introduction of a free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

As part of the April 2009 Budget, a new scheme to provide for a free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) was announced by the Government.

The announcement of a free pre-school year for all children was a landmark development in the provision of early childhood care and education services for young children in Ireland. The scheme is implemented by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and is open to all private and community pre-school services which meet the requirements of the scheme.

DCYA Guide to childcare programmes

Downloads

ECCE Section for Providers

DCYA Guide to the ECCE for 2013

Guidelines regarding Qualification (Free Preschool Scheme)

Services Offering the ECCE Scheme