Budget 2016 – Expansion of Free Pre-School
4th November, 2015
Currently, children are entitled to participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme for up to 38 weeks – i.e. for the school year. Children aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months on 1stSeptember of the relevant year are eligible to join the programme. Children register for the programme in September.Budget 2016 announced significant changes to free pre-school provision in Ireland; these changes are explained in more detail below.