What is the ECCE?
The ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education scheme) allows children to attend playschool for free for 2 years approx. (the exact length of time depends on their birthday – see our ECCE calculator above to confirm eligible dates for your child). They can attend for 3 hours per day, 5 days a week, 38 weeks of the year.
Childcare services receive €64.50 per week for each child attending full-time. There is an option for a child to attend part-time with the agreement of the parents and the service (payment will be pro-rata).
Where can I find a service offering ECCE?
We have a list of ECCE services in County Kildare available here
My child has a disability, are they eligible for ECCE?
Yes. The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) allows children with a disability to access additional supports in their free preschool years. This does not require a formal diagnosis, rather each child will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
If you have a concern about your child’s development contact the preschool your child will attend, well in advance of your child’s start-date, to discuss the AIM programme.
What level of support is available?
- Supports available range from expert advice, mentoring to extra support in the classroom
How do I apply?
- Your childcare service/ creche or preschool will submit your child’s application. Applications will remain open throughout the year although, in the case of children with more complex disabilities, parents and providers are encouraged to apply early.
More information can be found on: http://aim.gov.ie/