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Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

The ECCE is a scheme designed to give children access to two free Pre-School Years of appropriate programme-based activities in the year before they start primary school. Participation in a pre-school programme provides children with their first formal experience of early learning, the starting-point of their educational and social development outside the home. Children who avail of pre-school are more likely to be ready for school and a formal learning and social environment.

Please click the following for a list of ECCE services in Galway City and County. 

Please click the following for Information and Frequestly asked questions on the DCYA funding programmes.


Please click the following link for the A Parent’s Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2017/2018

Click here to link to the ECCE section of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) website.

Access and Inclusion Model

The Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme. Its goal is to empower service providers to deliver an inclusive pre-school experience, ensuring that every eligible child can fully participate in the ECCE programme and reap the benefits of quality early years care and education.

AIM is a child-centred model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the service provider. For many children, the universal supports offered under the model will be sufficient. For others, one particular discrete support may be required to enable participation in pre-school, such as access to a piece of specialised equipment. For a small number, a suite of different services and supports may be necessary. In other words, the model is designed to be responsive to the needs of each individual child in the context of their pre-school setting. It will offer tailored, practical supports based on need and will not require a formal diagnosis of disability.

Please click here for more information on their website.

Further information available from Galway Childcare Committee at 091 752039 or mail@galwaychildcare.com

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