Parent and Toddler Information
Maria Lynch, our Parents Information Officer, provides support to Parent and Toddler groups and works closely with them in accessing funding.
If you are a parent who wishes to see when your local parent and toddler is being held please contact Maria on 046-9073010 or email@example.com for an up to date list of groups in Co. Meath.
If you are a parent interested in setting up a Parent and Toddler Set please view the following document: Info on setting up a Parent and Toddler Group (File size:55k)
Accessing Childcare in Meath
The Early Years of a child's life is vital to your child's development this is the time when parents need to
help set the foundations for their development. Finding the right type of childcare is one of the most important
decisions you will make as a parent. You need to choose childcare options that meet your family's needs.
There are many options available to parents these include, pre-schools/playgroups, nurseries, childminder's or a
combination of these. If you require assistance please contact the office.
There are a variety of government funded childcare schemes available to parents.
The ECCE scheme, The CCS scheme and the TEC scheme. To check eligibility please read the following guide. A parent's guide to national childcare funding programmes 2019-20 (PDF 2.8Mb).
Early Years Child Protection Programme
The revised Children First Guidance has been published and it includes the provisions of the Children First Act 2015 it will commence operation on December 11th 2017. Information relating to parents and guardians can be viewed here: http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/parents-and-guardians
Children with special needs
Where a child has been assessed by the Health Service Executive, or treating consultant, as having special needs which will either delay his/her entry to primary school. In such cases, the child age exemption upper limit may be waivered with permission from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Contact the office to discuss this further.
Where can I enrol my child for the free pre-school year?
There are nearly 5,000 pre-school services notified to the Health Service Executive or registered with the Irish Montessori Educational Board. All of these services are eligible to apply to participate in the ECCE programme. A list of participating pre-school services is available for parents from Meath County Childcare Committee. Parents can contact participating services in their area to arrange to enrol their child.
How is the Pre-School Year funded?
Pre-School services participating in the programme are paid a capitation fee for each qualifying child enrolled. Pre-school services are required to notify the Department of the details of each child enrolled in the programme, so you will be asked by the pre-school service in which your child is enrolled to complete a form which includes your child's date of birth and Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) In return, the service is required to provide an appropriate programme of activities in early childhood care and education free to parents.
Meath County Childcare Committee
If you would like further information regarding the ECCE programme you should contact us on 046-9073010 or firstname.lastname@example.org