ECCE Eligibility:

The ECCE programme is a universal programme available to all children within the eligible age range. It provides children with their first formal experience of early learning prior to commencing primary school. The programme is provided for three hours per day, five days per week over 38 weeks per year and the programme year runs from September to June. There are three points of entry throughout the programme year – September, January and April. However, in the Early Years Budget for 2018, this is changing, and all eligible children will be eligible for two full programme years from September 2018.

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ECCE Calculator

You can now check to see when your child qualitifies for the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme with our new ECCE calculator.

Useful ECCE documentation for Childcare Providers:


A childcare provider must ensure all staff working with children hold, at a minimum, a qualification that meets the requirements of the Regulations.

Room Leaders must, at a minimum, hold a qualification that meets the grant funding agreement requirements for ECCE Room Leader as set out on the published list of DCYA ‘Early Years Recognised Qualifications’ or hold a Letter of Eligibility to Practice at this level issued by the DCYA (see more information relating to qualifications, including the published list on

Higher Capitation

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Minimum ECCE Enrolment Exemptions

In certain circumstances a service may receive an exemption from the minimum number of ECCE children required per session for an ECCE contract. For more information and how to apply please see the following documents:

For further information, please click here to view the ECCE section of the DCYA website.

ECCE eligibility

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