The ECCE programme is a universal programme available to all children within the eligible age range. The programme is provided for three hours per day, five days per week over 38 weeks per year and the programme year runs from September to June.

The point of entry to the programme is September. Childcare services taking part in the ECCE scheme provide an appropriate pre-school educational programme which adheres to the principles of Síolta and Aistear, the national frameworks for early years care and education.

Eligibility for ECCE The programme is available to all children from the age of two years and eight months. The eligibility for the 2018/19 ECCE Programme is as follows:

Born between
1 January 2014 and 31 December 2015