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 weeks2 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.

Childcare services taking part in the ECCE scheme must provide an appropriate pre-school educational programme which adheres to the principles of Síolta and Aistear, the national frameworks for early years care and education.

2017/2018 Programme Age Eligibility

Born betweenEntry point
1 January 2013 and 31 August 2014From 28 August 2017
1 January 2013 and 31 December 2014From 02 January 2018
1 January 2013 and 31 March 2015From 02 April 2018

Registering a child on the ECCE

Parents must complete an ECCE Pre Registration Form

The Childcare Service must provide the parent with a Fee Policy and Calendar.

More Information

Download Rules For DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes 2017/2018

Download DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes Optional Extras Guide

Download ECCE Payment Schedule 2017-2018

Download Good Practice Guide for Attendance Records

Download Min Numbers Guidelines

Download Minimum Number Exemptions 2017/2018

Download Higher Capitation Rules and QA 2017-2018

Download HCap Application Form 2017

Download ECCE Higher Cap Staff Amendment Form 2017/2018

Download ECCE Higher Cap Room Amendment Form

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