Childcare Scheme Information

ECCE Scheme:

All children are now able to benefit from 1 or 2 free pre-school place in the year before they commence national school. The normal schedule for the free pre-school years is 3 hours per day over 38 weeks each year. However, children attending on a full-time/part-time schedule who are eligible for the ECCE pre-school year will receive the ECCE grant deducted from their monthly fees. At Busy Kids we believe that this is a highly important year in your child’ development and that each child deserves the opportunity to learn in a happy, safe and caring environment.

The age of eligibility for the scheme is set at children between 3 years and 3 months and 4 years and 6 months at the 1st of September each year. Since January 2010 the scheme is open to children between 3 years and 7 months and children 4 years and 10 months.

At Busy Kids we offer a complete pre-school programme covering all aspects of development under The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework delivered by highly motivated teachers.

These pre-school sessions are currently offered in all locations in the mornings and some locations in the afternoon.

Busy Kids are encouraging parents to book their children into Government’s Scheme immediately in order to guarantee a place. Places for this scheme are limited so please register HERE call 1850 200614.

Further information on ECCE click the following links:


Universal Subsidy towards childcare costs

With effect from September 2017, all parents with a child attending a Tusla registered childcare service will receive a subsidy of up to €80 per month (€960 per annum) towards their childcare costs. The subsidy is based on a rate of 50 cents per hour and will be allocated pro-rata depending on the number of hours per week a child attends their childcare service. The maximum rate of €80 per month is based on 40 hours childcare per week.  The subsidy will be available to all children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years and will be paid directly to the childcare provider. The childcare provider will deduct the subsidy from the parents’ childcare fees. When your child reaches three years of age they will avail of the ECCE preschool scheme (above) until they start primary school.

Affordable Childcare Scheme (effective September 2017)

The Affordable Childcare Scheme will take effect from September 2017. It is a targeted subsidy to assist with childcare costs, for children from 6 months old up to 15 years of age. The level of subsidy will depend on:

  • The family’s net after tax income
  • The number of children in a family
  • The ages of the children.

The maximum subsidy amounts to €8,000 per annum, or €667 per month towards childcare costs, and will be available to families with a net (after tax) income of €22,700 or less. The level of subsidy tapers downwards as a family’s net income rises, with no Affordable Childcare Subsidy available when net family income, with one child, reaches €47,500 or more.  If a family has two children the maximum net income threshold increases to €51,300. The subsidy is payable to the childcare provider and is deducted from the net fee payable by the parent. It is intended that the Affordable Childcare Scheme will also be available to children in addition to the ECCE preschool scheme (above), where a family requires additional hours of childcare during the day. As well as assisting families with incomes of up to €47,500 or less, this scheme will replace the above TEC, CEC, and CCS government funded schemes when it comes into effect in September 2017. It is intended that parents will be able to apply for the Affordable Childcare Scheme online, and obtain information on what level of subsidy is available to them, based on the family net income, the number of children, and the ages of the children.


If you would like to know more about how you might avail of a childcare place under any of these government schemes, please contact one of our creche managers at locations and we will be happy to assist you.