Polices, Procedures & fees


ECCE (Free Pre School Year)

The Early Childhood Care & Education Scheme (ECCE) provides one year “free” Pre-school education to every child in Ireland aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year. The ECCE Scheme was announced by the government in April 2009 and was introduced in January 2010. Parents are able to avail of this ECCE scheme for their children on a 38 week basis from September to June inclusive. The introduction of the “free” Pre-school year is a major development in the area of early childhood education. As a universal scheme, it is hoped that all children will be able to benefit from a Pre-school place in this highly important development year before they commence national school.


The Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs OMYCA has introduced a childcare support scheme, the Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) Scheme. The CETS scheme is designed to support the childcare needs of participants in training and educational courses operated by FÁS and Vocational Education Committees (VECs). All additional charges for parents availing of CETS places are detailed in our CETS fees policy drawn up by Sonas and are approved by the local Laois County Childcare.

CCS Community Subvention Scheme

Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme is restricted to community/not-for-profit childcare services. The CCS Programme supports disadvantaged parents and provides support for parents in low paid employment and training or education by enabling qualifying parents to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating community childcare services. The fee which a parent will pay will be the cost price of the place as advertised by the service less the relevant subvention amount. If a parent is in receipt of a Social welfare payment and or holds a full medical card or GP only card you are eligible for this scheme. If you meet the above criteria or have any queries please contact the Centre for more details on how to register for the scheme.

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