Free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
ECCE and Children with Special Needs
Where a child has been assessed by the Health Service Executive, or treating consultant, as having special needs which will either delay his/her entry to primary school or make it more suitable that s/he avails of the pre-school year on a pro-rata basis over two years, this will be examined on a case-by-case basis. In such cases, the child may avail of the pre-school year over two years by availing of the ECCE sessions, for example, for two days in the first year and three days in the second year, or vice versa.
All applications for children with special needs must be approved by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in advance. Applications must be received before July 1st and should be addressed to: The Childcare Directorate, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 43-49 Mespil Road, Dublin 4.