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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 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 2016 – June 2017

1st January 2012 – 31st August 2013

January 2017 – June 2017

1st January 2012 – 31st December 2013

April 2017 – June 2017

1st January 2012 – 31st March 2014


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


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