On this page you’ll find information on several state funded schemes offering support for parents of young children.

For more details please call us on 057 8660017 and we will be happy to assist you.

Kilminchy School House offers two Government funded Childcare schemes:
• Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE)
• Training and Employment Childcare scheme (TEC - formerly CETS)


What is the ECCE scheme? The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. From September 2018, children can participate in the ECCE scheme from 2 years 8 months of age and continue until they transfer to primary school (provided that they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the pre-school year). There will be only one entry point to the ECCE scheme from September 2018. Children must be 2 years 8 months by September to start on the ECCE scheme.

More details are available from the Citizens Information - ECCE Scheme webpage. The Department of Education's ECCE Scheme eligibility calendar provides information on when your child can participate in the ECCE programme.

The ECCE scheme provides for a free placement of up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks in line with the school term. The normal schedule for the free pre-school year is 3 hours per day over 38 weeks. However, children attending on a full-time/part-time / morning sessional schedule who are eligible for the ECCE pre-school year will receive the ECCE grant deducted from their weekly/monthly fees.

Once your child is three years of age, and has joined the ECCE scheme at the relevant entry point, they can remain in the scheme until they start primary school (They are eligible up to five and half years of age by the end of June). In delivering the ECCE scheme to all our Pre-school children, KSH adheres to the principles of Síolta and Aistear, the national framework for early years care and education.


Training and Employment Childcare scheme for ETB students (Education and Training Board; formerly FAS and VEC) - Providing Subsidised Crèche places.

If you have applied for an ETB training programme, you may qualify for a highly subsidised childcare place under the government Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) scheme. The purpose of this programme is to assist parents taking eligible ETB (formerly FÁS and VEC) courses to undertake training by providing supported childcare places.The allocation of places under the scheme is managed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, via the City and County Childcare Committees (CCC’s).

In order to book a childcare place in our setting, you will require a letter from your course co-ordinator confirming that you are eligible for a TEC place. The letter should also outline the start date and finish date of the course. A copy of your child's and your PPS Numbers / Birth Cert will be required for registration.

If you would like to know more about how you might avail of a childcare place under any of these government schemes, please contact us at 057 8660017 or email us and we will be happy to assist you.

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