ECCE Scheme

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme is a Government funded initiative that provides 2 FREE years of pre-school to every child in Ireland.

From September 2018 there will be only entry point onto the scheme. Children must be 2years and 8months

Budget 2018 changes in relation to the ECCE programme The following is a summary of changes to the ECCE programme with effect from September 2018:

  • All eligible children will receive two full programme years
  • Age of eligibility reduced from 3 years to 2 years and 8 months
  • Upper age limit remains 5 years and 6 months
  • Number of enrolment points changed from three to one in September
  • Standard capitation increased to €69
  • Higher capitation increased to €80.25
Ratoath Childcare Pre-School