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ChildcareECCE Scheme

ECCE Free pre-school

For a full list of Pre-school Services participating on the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme in Co. Meath 2016-2017, please down load our pdf document: 2016-2017-MCCC-LIst-of-ECCE-services.pdf

The ECCE is a scheme designed to give children access to a free Pre-School place of appropriate programme-based activities before they start primary school. Participation in a pre-school programme provides children with their first formal experience of early learning, the starting-point of their educational and social development outside the home. Children who avail of pre-school are more likely to be ready for school and a formal learning and social environment.

  • The pre-school programme will be provided on the basis of 3 hours per day, 5 days per week for 38 weeks
  • The full pre-school provision may not be provided over fewer than 5 days
  • Where a child attends the service on fewer than 5 days per week, the capitation fee will be reduced on a pro-rata basis
  • Arrangements can be made between provider and parent to have the benefit of the capitation fee over 50 weeks
  • Full day providers can apply for the higher capitation rate

For information on eligibly for Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) and how to apply please refer to the Easy Guide to Childcare Programmes on our Funding Schemes page or contact the office on 046-9073010.

As a result of additional funding provided in Budget 2016, children will be able to start in free pre-school when they reach age 3 and to remain in free pre-school until they transfer to primary school(provided that they are not older than 5 years 6 months at the end of the pre-school year).To make sure that children can benefit from free pre-school as soon as they are eligible, parents will be able to enrol their children at three different points during the year: September, January and April. Please use the calculator to check eligibility.

ECCE Calculator

Select the childs date of birth to see if he/she is eligible for the ECCE grant:

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