Funding Programmes

We offer Affordable Childcare to all families including the Free ECCE Scheme

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. Children can start ECCE when they are 2 years and 8 months of age and continue until they transfer to primary school (provided that they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the
pre-school year) – see rules.

The State pays participating playschools and day-care services a set amount per child to offer the ECCE service. In return, participating centres and playschools provide a pre-school service free of charge to all children within the qualifying age
range.  The service is for a set number of hours over a set period of weeks (see ‘How the ECCE scheme is provided’ below).

ECCE is not affected by the introduction of the National Childcare Scheme (NCS). You may get financial support from the NCS towards the cost of childcare for the hours spent outside of pre-school. You can read more on

Fees are payable on a Monday or the first day of the week that your child attends, by cash/cheque or direct debit. Please do not hesitate to contact us to enquire about our daily/weekly Fee’s on 051428805


Do you realise that childcare can now be very affordable as there are many subsidies available to reduce the cost very significantly. Depending on the age of your child, you may have very little to pay. Find out what you are entitled to by visiting the National Childcare Scheme website 

Affordable Childcare

The image above is from the National Childcare Scheme website. We strongly advise you to visit this site to ensure you are aware of your full childcare entitlements. There is a subsidy calculator also.