ECCE Eligibility

Child Age Eligibility Requirements:

The following is a summary of changes to the ECCE programme with effect from September 2018:

  • All eligible children will receive two full programme years
  • Age of eligibility reduced from 3 years to 2 years and 8 months
  • Upper age limit remains 5 years and 6 months
  • Number of enrollment points changed from three to one in September
  • Standard capitation increased to €69
  • Higher capitation increased to €80.25

The new measures will fully benefit those born from 2015 onwards whilst those born previous to that will continue to benefit from the expanded programme announced in Budget 2016.

The programme is available to all children from the September after the child has turned 2 years and 8 months.

This table shows the eligibility for ECCE by year of birth.

Birth date between ECCE start date ECCE end date
1st January 2015 – 31st December 2015 1st September 2018 +1st September 2019 June 2020
1st January 2016 – 31st December 2016 1st September 2019 + 1st September 2020 June 2021
1st January 2017 – 31st December 2017 1st September 2020 + 1st September 2021 June 2022
1st January 2018 – 31st December 2018 1st September 2021 + 1st September 2022 June 2023
1st January 2019 – 31st December 2019 1st September 2022 + 1st September 2023 June 2024

 

 

 

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