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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.

ECCE Payment Schedule for September 2014 - June 2015


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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