Parents Scroll Down to find out more about the terms and conditions of the following childcare funding schemes:
1. The ECCE Scheme
2. The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCS Scheme)
3. The Training and Employment Childcare (TEC Scheme) Programme
Free Pre School Year in ECCE
|In January 2010 the Government introduced the Free Pre School Year in Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Scheme, providing free pre-school places for all children of eligible age. The objective of the ECCE programme is to make early learning in a formal setting available to eligible children in the year before they commence primary school. The free pre-school year is delivered on the basis of 3 hours per day, 5 days per week, 38 weeks per year.
Birth Dates for eligibility to ECCE
Currently, children who are aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months (Born between 2nd February 2011 and 30th June 2012 inclusive) are eligible for 38 weeks’ of free pre-school when they register for the programme.
The change announced in Budget 2016 means that, from September 2016, children will be able to register for free pre-school when they are aged 3, and will be able to remain in pre-school until they make the transition to primary school (provided they are not older 5 years 6 months at the end of the pre-school year i.e. the end of June).
The change to the pre-school programme announced in 2015 budget take effect from September 2016.
Children who are currently enrolled for the free pre-school programme (i.e. on the basis of the eligibility criteria which applied in September this year) will be able to continue in the programme in September 2016 – once they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the current pre-school year i.e. June 2017)
From September 2016 the minimum enrolment age for free pre-school is age 3.
It is a fundamental principle of the scheme that the pre-school year is available free to parents. Services may, however, charge parents for additional services provided, including additional hours and additional activities, provided that certain rules are followed in relation to such charges.
Community Childcare Subvention (CSS) Scheme
|The CCS Scheme enables Community Childcare Services such as crèches, playschools, pre schools and after school services which operate on a not-for –profit basis and are managed by a committee, to give parents in receipt of certain social welfare payments (the majority of which are covered under the CSS Scheme), Family Income Supplement, and holders of medical cards and GP visit cards, a reduction in their childcare fees. The fee which a parent will pay will be the cost price of the place as advertised by the service less the relevant subvention amount.|
Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programme
|The objective of the TEC Programmes is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places.
The TEC Programmes are:
After-School Child Care programme (ASCC)
Please note only a parents local Department of Social Protection Office will be able to determine if a parent is eligible for this programme.
For further information on the programmes, please consult TEC Programme Guide
If you require more information in relation to any of the schemes please do not hesitate to contact Jillian or Eithne on 053 – 9237156