Pre-school Schemes

SALI Childcare offers sessional, part-time and full-time pre-school services. SALI Childcare operates under a number of schemes such as the ECCE scheme (free pre-school), the CCS (Community Childcare Subvention) scheme, CCSU, CCSR, CCSR(T) the CETS and CEC scheme. If you would like to find out more about these schemes please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme

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The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age.  According to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, from September 2018, children can avail of the scheme from 2 years and 8 months of age and continue the scheme until they enter primary school. This is provided they are no older than 5 years and 6 months when they are finishing pre-school.

All children are entitled to 2 full academic years from September 2018.

If your child is not eligible for the free pre-school year, you can still register your child to attend pre-school.  You may be entitled to a reduced cost through one of the schemes. To avail of quality free pre-school at SALI Childcare, please Contact Us.

To avail of the ECCE programme with effect from Children must have been born between the following dates (both dates inclusive)
September 2017 – June 2018 1st January 2013 – 31st August 2014
January 2018 – June 2018 1st January 2013 – 31st December 2014
April 2018 – June 2018 1st January 2013 – 30th March 2015
September 2018 – June 2019 1st January 2014 – 31st December 2015
September 2019 – June 2020 1st January 2015 – 31st December 2016
September 2020 – June 2021 1st January 2016 – 31st December 2017

Information credit: Early Childhood Ireland

Community Childcare Subvention (CSS)

This is a programme targeted to support parents on a low income. The Department of Children and Youth affairs pay a portion and parents pay the remainder. CCS is available throughout the year and can be used for camps.

Community Childcare Subvention Universal (CCSU) (Affordable Childcare Scheme)

This is a non-means tested universal childcare subsidy available until your child can commence their ECCE (free pre-school).  A weekly subsidy of up to €20 is available to reduce childcare costs.  To avail of this scheme, you must provide the PPSN and date of birth of the child and your own PPSN to the service manager.  More information is available at

Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (CCSR)

This scheme is intended to support program refugees in their resettlement and integration.  It enables parents to attend courses.  Children up to the age of five years old can avail of this scheme and it is for a part-time (up to 5 hours) space.  Parents must supply a completed eligibility letter signed by the Department of Justice and Equality.

Community Childcare Subvention (Transitional) (CCSR(T))

This programme provides access to free childcare to those families experiencing homelessness.  It provides subvention to those children of pre-school age (up to five years old).  It is also designed to help those transitioning from homelessness to permanent accommodation.  In order to apply, a verification letter from the local authority is required.

Training and Employment Childcare (TEC)

TEC programmes are available in order to support eligible categories of parents on training courses and those returning to work by providing subsidised childcare places.  Under the TEC Programme, there are two types of schemes available to those of preschool age:

Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)

The CETS programme is available to those on a training course provided by the Education and Training Boards (ETB, formerly FAS and VEC) and Secondary schools.  ETB’s and Solas have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible for this TEC strand.  Those participating in the following are eligible:

  • CETS approved Education and Training Board (ETB) courses.
  • CETS Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS).
  • CETS approved Youthreach.
  • Back to Education Initiative (BTEI).
  • Secondary school students completing the Junior or Leaving Certificate cycle.

In order to apply for CETS, a parent must provide a letter from their training provider to the service manager.

Community Employment Childcare programme (CEC)

The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides childcare for those children whose parents are participating on Community Employment schemes.  In order to avail of the CEC programme, a letter of eligibility must be given to the service provider.

Please contact SALI Childcare to find out more information about the available schemes

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