Reduced Childcare Costs – Are You Eligible?

ECCE – Early Childhood Care and Education , Available in both Private & Community Services

  • Offers 1 year free pre-school for all children in the year before they start Primary School
  • To avail of the year in sept 2011 until June 2012, children must be born between the 2nd February 2007 & 30th June 2008.
  • Children born between 2nd February 2008 & 30th June 2009 can avail of the ECCE year starting September 2012.
  • Only children the have a PPS No. in the ROI can avail of the free Pre-school year.
  • A free pre-school place is 3 hours 5 days per week or 38 weeks (School term time). Your service will provide you with a Calendar hi-lighting all the free days.
  • If you are using part time or full day care, you will be charged for any additional hours. Please see Fees Policy of the Childcare Service.
  • Parents that have the child enrolled in an ECCE Service do not need to do anything until the service provides them with a Declaration Form in September

Other reductions are available with Community Childcare Subvention Schemes and Childcare Education and Training Support Schemes. Please download the information leaflet to find out more