The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme
The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme is a universal support available to all families with children in the eligible age range, regardless of your family income. This is sometimes known as the free preschool years. This programme allows your child to attend a registered preschool session for 3 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 38 weeks per year. This is free at the point of service for parents. If your child attends a setting for part-time or full-time childcare then the subsidy of €64.50 will be discounted from your existing childcare bill per week.