What is ECCE and who is eligible?
For the 2015/2016 year children must be aged more than 3 years 2 months and less than 4 years 7 months on September 1st 2015 to qualify for free pre-school. The table below sets out when a child must have been born to be eligible. From September 2016, the scheme will be extended to allow access to children from the age of 3 years up to the time they commence Primary School. The department has set 3 entry points during each year:
September, for children who turn 3 years on or before the 31st August January, for children who turn 3 years on or before the 31st December April, for children who turn 3 years on or before the 31st March
To be eligible for the Free Pre-School Year in the Year beginning.
September 2016 - June- 2017
January 2017 - June 2017
April 2017 - June 2017
The child must have been born between the dates below (including start and finish date)
1st January 2012 & 31st August 2013
1st January 2012 & 31st December 2013
1st January 2012 & 31st March 2014
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