The Early Childhood Care & Education Scheme (ECCE) provides one year "FREE" Pre-school education to every child in Ireland aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year.Parents will be able to avail of this ECCE scheme for their children on a 50 week or a 38 week per year basis. Under the 50 week scheme the government will contribute €48.50 per week for 50 weeks. This covers the cost of 2 hours 15 minutes childcare per day for 5 days per week.
Under the 38 week scheme the goverment will contribute €64.50 for 3 hours per day for 5 days per week to children who are registered and qualify. The eligibility dates for children for entry to the ECCE scheme on 1st September 2010 are 2nd February 2006 to 30th june 2007.
For Children who are participating in the ECCE there is an extra charge if you like morning break to be provided for your child
This is optional