Early Years Education


The free Pre-School Year Scheme was introduced in January 2010 and is being administered by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Under the scheme, the age of eligibility is set to be reduced to 2 years and 8 months and all children within the relevant age range can avail of two years of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme. The following link contains frequently asked questions about changes to the ECCE programme from September 2018:


How to Apply

Further information about the free Pre-School Year scheme is available from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website

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