Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)


The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme gives children access to 2 years’ free preschool education before the start primary school i.e. 3 hours per day, 5 days per week, 38 weeks of the year.


Parent’s wishing to enrol their child for the ECCE programme can register with an Early Year’s provider of their choice. To see a list of all services providing the ECCE programme in your area, visit the Childcare Search Directory on our homepage. Once you have found this list of services, we would advise you to make contact with the childcare facilities to see if they have a place available.



Is my child eligible for the ECCE Programme?

Please see the ECCE Calculator above to check your child's eligibility.

The following poster can tell you when your child is eligible for ECCE:

PLEASE NOTE: Changes to ECCE 2018 were announced in the 2017 Budget.

For details and guidance on these changes see DCYA's FAQs on Early Years Budget 2018 Changes: 


Further information on the ECCE Programme is available on the links below:

Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Rules for DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes: Click Here

DCYA Early Childhood Care and Education information: Click Here 




A Parents Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2017-2018


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