ECCE and the National Childcare Scheme
* The FREE ECCE Preschool scheme is available each September for children aged 2 years 8 months or older, until they go to primary school. The free preschool scheme provides funding for 38 weeks of the year, 5 days a week, 3 hours a day, for a maxiumum
of 2 years.
* Younger children will not qualify for this scheme but can avail of the National Childcare scheme www.ncs.gov.ie .