Please forward this error screen to 172. Scheme provides early childhood care early childhood education pay rates education for children of pre-school age. From September 2016, children are eligible for the ECCE scheme if they are aged over 3 years and not older than 5 and a half years. The State pays a capitation fee to participating playschools and daycare services.
This is an increase in the number of weeks than previously available on the ECCE scheme. Children will only be able to enroll in pre-school in September. There will no longer be entry points in January and April. If your child is over the eligibility age requirement due to special needs they may be able to get an exemption from the upper age limit for the ECCE Scheme. There are no exemptions to the lower age limit.
How the ECCE scheme is provided The pattern of hours of free pre-school education depends on the type of service that your child attends and the weekly pattern that the service operates. The various types of service are described in our document on childcare options. Montessori or parent and toddler group, the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, over the school year. If your child attends for more than 3 hours, you will be charged for the extra time. If your child’s sessional service cannot open for 5 days a week, the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours and 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week, over the school year. This only applies to services which have already been granted permission to run their service over the school year. If your child attends a full-time or part-time daycare service, the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours per day over the school year.