ECCE: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 two full programme years from September 2018.
You can now check to see when your child qualitifies for the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme with our new ECCE calculator.Please see the following ECCE eligibility table:
* Children born between 1st January and 31st December 2014 will continue to be eligible for free pre-school under the terms of the ECCE expansion as announced in Budget 2016. ECCE eligibility criteria as announced under Budget 2018 will come into effect with effect from 1st September 2018.
- To view the FAQs re Early Years Budget 2018 changes document, please click here
CCS/CCSP EligibilityThe Community Childcare Subvention (CCS/CCSP) Programme is a childcare programme targeted to support parents on a low income to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating community/private childcare services. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs pays for a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children, with the parent paying the remainder.
If you are a parent/guardian who:
- holds a medical card or GP visit card;
- is on low income;
- is in school;
- in further education;
- job training;
- or in receipt of a social welfare payment
then you may be eligible for assistance with your childcare costs.
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Also, the DCYA has introduced a universal childcare subvention payment of up to €20 per week for families using eligible childcare providers for the care of children aged from 6 months to the first eligible point of entry to the ECCE scheme. This scheme is administered via an enhancement to the CCS scheme.
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The TEC Programme is an overarching childcare programme specifically designed to support parents on eligible training courses as well as certain categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. The TEC Programme provides childcare support for parents on certain education and training courses (CETS), parents working on Community Employment programmes (CEC), and also for families on Family Income Support (ASCC):
Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)
The CETS Programme provides childcare to certain training course participants on courses provided by the Education and Training Boards (ETB, formerly FAS and VEC), specifically, courses run in training centres (formally FÁS training centres), ETB VTOS courses and Secondary Schools. The duration of CETS corresponds with the start and end dates stated on the eligibility letter up to a maximum of 50 weeks per year.
Community Employment Childcare programme (CEC)
The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and provides childcare for children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes. The duration of CEC corresponds with the start and end dates stated on the eligibility letter up to a maximum of 50 weeks per year.
After-School Child Care programme (ASCC)
The ASCC is administered on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and provides afterschool care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents and parents on employment programmes (not including Community Employment). ASCC is available for a once off maximum of 52 weeks and this allowance does not have to be used consecutively.
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