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The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. In general, children are eligible for the ECCE scheme if they are aged over 3 years 2 months and less than 4 years 7 months on 1 September of the year that they will be starting – follow the link below for further information.

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/education/pre_school_education_and_childcare/early_childhood_care_and_education_scheme.html

The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme is targeted to help children from low-income households access quality early education and childcare services. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) pays for a portion of the childcare costs for eligible children, with the parent paying the remainder. Approximately 20,000 households benefit from the CCS programme annually – follow the link below for further information.

https://www.pobal.ie/FundingProgrammes/EarlyEducationandChildcare/Pages/CCS.aspx