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Free Pre-School year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme 


Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP)

On Friday 13th June 2014, the first information about the new Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP), for September 2014 was sent out by local CCCs to all service providers.  See link to PIP News item on the Pobal website.

PIP is a new online system which will streamline the administrative processes across the three national childcare funding programmes (ECCE, TEC and CCS).  A dedicated PIP Homepage has been set up on the Pobal Website which will provide regular updates and supports to childcare providers as the new system is rolled out.  

Urgent - Information for Service Providers re Processes while waiting for PIP launch including Settling-In Period


ECCE programme 2014/2015 – Advance payment

Advance payments are now being processed and services who have received an ECCE contract and who have submitted an up-to-date tax clearance certificate (TCC) will receive an advance payment by Friday 29th August. Services will receive an e-mail notifying them that the payment has been processed.

Advance payments will continue to be made on a weekly basis, and services who have not yet received an ECCE contract, or whose TCC is out-of-date will receive an advance payment in due course when contracts have been finalised or the updated TCC has been submitted to the Department.

More information on the advanced payment is available here


ECCE Payment Schedule for September 2014 - June 2015

ECCE Service Provider Letter

Litir chuig Soláthraí Seirbhíse

ECCE Parent Letter

Litir chuig Tuismitheoir nó Caomhnóir

ECCE Child Registration Form

Forim Um Chlárú Linbh sa Chlár ECCE


Improtant notice for all ECCE Service Providers and Parents in relation to the age criteria for the ECCE Programme


The age criteria for the current and coming pre-school year is as follows in relation to the ECCE Programme:



Guides to ECCE Programme  2014


Guide to the ECCE Programme and Administrative Procedures

Guide for Parents to the Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme


Supporting Documentation


Appendix 1: Forms 




Appendix 2: Contact Details




Appendix 3: Frequently Asked Questions in Relation to Child Care Qualifications


Contact Details:

ECCE Section,
Early Years Policies and Programmes,
Department of Children and Youth Affairs,
43-49 Mespil Road,
Dublin 4
Tel: 01 6473000
Fax: 01 6473224


Sonraí Teagmhála:

An Rannóg ECCE,
Polasaithe agus Cláir na Luathbhlianta,
An Roinn Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige,
43-49 Bóthar Mespil,
Baile Átha Cliath 4
Teil: 01 6473000
Facs: 01 6473224

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