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


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

To avail of the ECCE programme with effect from

Children must have been born between the following dates (both dates inclusive)

September 2017 – June 2018

1st January 2013 – 31st August 2014

January 2018 – June 2018

1st January 2013 – 31st December 2014

April 2018 – June 2018

1st January 2013 – 31st March 2015

DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes

Please use the calculator below to determine your child's ECCE eligibility


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 30 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 here.

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