The ECCE scheme was introduced in January 2010, it is managed by county childcare committees and administered by DCYA (Department of children and youth affairs). This scheme provides one free pre-school year for children aged between 3years 2months and 4years 7months by September 1st. The hours are 3 hours per day usually 9.30 – 12.30, 5 days per week and 38 weeks per year. This is a stepping stone into primary school. And the scheme gives every child including children in homes that may not be able to afford childcare cost have the chance to avail of the service. In order for the scheme to take place in the facility there has to be a minimum of 8 children enrolled or have proof that other children will be getting enrolled the following year. CETS Scheme
CET’s means childcare education and training support. This is a scheme that fas and the VEC provide to people who have childcare needs. Only certain crèche’s and childcare facilities provide this service so you do have to ask your local county childcare committee for a list of childcare providers who are currently providing this scheme. You will only ever have to pay max €20 per week to the crèche. The price is at the discretion of the childcare provider. Early Start Programme
The Early Start Programme is a one-year preventative intervention scheme offered in selected schools in designated disadvantaged areas. The objective of the pre-school programme, which is managed, funded and evaluated by the Department of Education and Skills, is to tackle educational disadvantage by targeting children who are at risk of not reaching their potential within the school system. Children must be aged more than 3 years 2 months and less than 4 years 7 months on the 1st day of September of the year in which they are enrolled. Children may either be enrolled in Early Start or in the Free Pre-school Year Scheme. Children are not eligible to be enrolled in both schemes at the same time. The Early Start Pre-School Programme was introduced in 1994. Health and Welfare services provided by the Irish state include: Medical Card
The medical card is issued by the HSE (health service executive). To qualify for a medical card your income has to be below a certain level and family size. Your assets, income, savings, investments and properties (expect for your home) are assessed in the application...