Free Pre-School Year Scheme
Nurture's Best Crèche believes that the first five years of life are particularly important to a child’s development. This is when children develop basic learning patterns and abilities that they will use for the rest of their lives.
Young children are now entitled to 2 years of the Government Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Free Pre-School Years, as long as they fall within the permitted age range:
For most up to date information on the ECCE Scheme please go to: www.dcya.gov.ie
These children will be able to continue in the programme in September 2016 – once they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the current pre-school year (i.e. June 2017).’
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 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 per year basis.
At Nurture's Best Crèche we believe that each child deserves the best possible start and at Nurture's Best Crèche caring and learning go hand-in-hand. We are devoted to providing every child in our care with the very best education and encourage learning in a fun, loving and safe environment. Nurture's Best Crèche are participating providers of the new Government’s scheme to provide a free pre-school year for children in the year before they start primary school.
How The Scheme Works
Under the 38 week scheme the government will contribute €62.50 for 3 hours per day for 5 days per week to children who are registered and qualify. To avoid disappointment and to avail of the scheme please register your interest by contacting our office or call for further information
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