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Information for Parents


Is my child eligible for the Early Childhood Care and Education (free pre-school) programme?

Please use the form below to determine your child’s eligibility for the ECCE programme

Please see link below for a guide to the DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes

DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes Information and Frequently Asked Questions


I still have questions about the programmes

For any queries relating to our childcare programmes you can contact your local City and County Childcare Committee (CCC).

There are 33 CCCs nationwide and each has a local focus and knowledge making them well positioned to assist and support parents on all things relating to early education and childcare in your locality.

CCCs act as local agents of DCYA and are the first port of call for parents and childcare providers.

CCCs provide support and guidance to parents and service providers on national programmes and service quality as well as eligibility and rules of the childcare programmes.

Contact details of your local CCC can be found at



The below Parents Childminding Survey is being conducted as part of the work being undertaken by the Working Group on Reforms and Supports for the Childminding Sector.
This Working Group was commissioned by Dr Katherine Zappone, T.D., Minister for Children & Youth Affairs. This survey is to ensure that parent's views are included in the decision making, shaping the future of Childminding in Ireland.

You can complete this survey at either of the following links:

The closing date of the survey is Friday 26th of May at 5pm.

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