The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. All children are entitled to 2 full academic years on the ECCE scheme.
The National Childcare Scheme is a landmark new Scheme for Ireland.
It is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare.
It establishes an equitable and progressive system of universal and income-related subsidies for children up to the age of 15.