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ECCE Scheme – Early Childhood Care and Education Free Pre-School

Here at Bluebells and Buttercups crèche we participate in the ECCE scheme. Here is some information about the scheme.

What is the ECCE Scheme?

In 2009 the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme was announced which entitles children between the ages of 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months to a free preschool education. Qualifying children receive free placement in a preschool.

The purpose of the ECCE programme is to give children a head start before entering the formal education system. The aim is to provide children with a positive learning experience in an early learning environment to equip them with the skills required in preparation of primary school.

Who is eligible?

All children who fall into the stipulated age category by the 1st of September each year can avail of a free preschool education. For the year starting in September 2013, children born between 2 February 2009 and 30 June 2010 both these dates included will be eligible.

How do I enrol my child for a FREE preschool place?

A full list of participating Childcare centres is available from your local Childcare Committees. Parents are required to contact the childcare provider of their choice and submit their child’s application directly with the provider.

How is the free ECCE scheme provided?

Here at Bluebells and Buttercups we provide the free ECCE scheme over 38 weeks of the year from 9:15a.m. to 12:15p.m 5 days a week.

Will parents need to pay any additional fees?

No extra fees will be charged to parents for the free preschool sessions. Parents are obliged to pay for any extra hours their child attends the childcare centre.