ECCE & NCS
The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. Children can start ECCE when they are 2 years and 8 months of age and continue until they transfer to primary school (provided that they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the pre-school year). The ECCE scheme is open to eligible children who have turned 2 years by the end of December in the year prior to them starting in the following September. There is only one entry point to the scheme each year (September).
Children are entitled to 3 hours per day of free preschool education (9.30-12.30) for 38 weeks per year.
Extra Half Hour
We operate an extra half hour from 9-9.30am in addition to our ECCE hours. This allows us to fit more in to our day and also provides a little extra time for parents to fit in other school drop-offs/collections.
The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) is a new scheme that provides financial support to help parents to meet the costs of childcare. It provides 2 types of childcare subsidy for children over 6 months of age:
A universal subsidy for children under 3. Children over 3 who have not yet qualified for the ECCE are also eligible. It is not means-tested.
An income assessed subsidy for children up to 15. It is means-tested.