Schemes available to parents/carers:

1) ECCE – Free Pre-school. 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.

2) CCS – community childcare subvention scheme. The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCSS) is a support scheme for community based services to provide quality childcare services at reduced rates to parents who are in receipt of any social welfare payment.

3) CETS – community employment training scheme. This scheme enables parents to free childcare for the duration of their FAS or VTOS course from September to June each year. This initiative is funded by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.