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 weeks2 per year and the programme year runs from September to June.

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.

2018/2019 Programme Age Eligibility

Registering a child on the ECCE

Parents must complete an ECCE 2018 Pre Registration Form

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

**ECCE Payments Schedule is available to download here: ECCE Payment Schedule 2018-2019

Rules for DCYA Funded Programmes 2018-2019 (Download below) 

This document summarises each of the Childcare Funding Programmes, with separate chapters for each childcare programme. Download Rules here: Rules Childcare Funding Progs

Fees List and Service Calendar – 2018/19

Service providers are required to develop a fees list for the ECCE programme that they provide. It is important to capture all the session types that a service provider offers to parents.

The ECCE fees list must reflect that ECCE funding from the DCYA is not a subvention payment, it is intended to support services providers to provide three free hours per day of ECCE.  Please click on the Link here for the How To Guide: How to Guide – ECCE 20182019 Fees List Service Calendar final (002)

Programme Readiness: 2018/2019

For Information on the Primary Authorised User, Certification and Online Contracting please click on the link here: How to Guide PAU, Certification and Online Contracting

More Information & Other Scheme Registration Forms

Download CCS 2018 Pre Registration Form

Download CCSP 2018 Pre Registration Form

Download CCSU 2018 Pre-registration Form

Download TEC 2018-19 Pre-Registration form

Download DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes Optional Extras Guide

Download Good Practice Guide for Attendance Records

Download Min Numbers Guidelines

Download ECCE Higher Cap Room Amendment Form

Budget 2018 changes in relation to the ECCE Programme 

Changes will take effect from September 2018

The following is a summary of changes to the ECCE programme with effect from September 2018:

  • All eligible children will receive two full programme years
  • Age of eligibility reduced from 3 years to 2 years and 8 months
  • Upper age limit remains 5 years and 6 months
  • Number of enrolment points changed from three to one in September
  • Standard capitation increased to €69
  • Higher capitation increased to €80.25

The new measures will fully benefit those born from 2015 onwards whilst those born previous to that will continue to benefit from the expanded programme announced in Budget 2016.

The following table sets out relevant eligibility dates by year of birth:

Table 1: Eligibility for ECCE by month of birth and of enrolment in pre-school

Birth date between Eligible Enrolment date(s) ECCE end date
1st January 2014 –

31st March 2014

1st April 2017,

1st September 2017 +

1st September 2018*

June 2019
1st April 2014 –

31st August 2014

1st September 2017 +

1st September 2018*

June 2019
1st September 2014 –

31st December 2014

1st January 2018 +

1st September 2018*

June 2019
1St January 2015 –

31st March 2015

1st April 2018,

1st September 2018 +

1st September 2019

June 2020
1st April 2015 –

31st December 2015

1st September 2018 +

1st September 2019

June 2020
1st January 2016 –

31st December 2016

1st September 2019 +

1st September 2020

June 2021
1st January 2017 –

31st December 2017

1st September 2020 +

1st September 2021

June 2022
1st January 2018 –

31st December 2018

1st September 2021 +

1st September 2022

June 2023
1st January 2019 –

31st December 2019

1st September 2022 +

1st September 2023

June 2024

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