Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE) – is a universal two-year pre-school programme. The programme is available to all children from the September after the child has turned 2 years and 8 months

The National Childhood Scheme  (NCS) – provides financial support to help with childcare costs. There are two types of childcare subsidy – a universal and an income-assessed subsidy. You can apply online or to make a paper application contact the NCS Parent Support Centre on 01 906 8530