Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme, is a universal free pre-school programme for children from the age of 2 yrs 8mths old. This free pre-school programme is available in most Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) services in the South Dublin region.

Latest Updates from Pobal regarding September Programme Readiness 

Please see our Main Funding Page for up to date information that you will need in relation to deadline dates for registrations and payments for the coming weeks.


Optional Extra's
Please see guide below to Optional Extra's for ECCE for 2018/19
Grant Agreement for 2018/19
The Grant Agreement for the ECCE Scheme 2018/19 is now available to download/review, please click on the link below:

Compliance Notification

 The Pobal Compliance team will continue to conduct unannounced visits to services that are operational over the summer months as per the service calendars uploaded to PIP for the 2017/2018 programmes cycle.  For those services still operating, please ensure that all records relating to other programmes which may have ceased for the summer months (e.g. ECCE) are also available for review during such visits.
The   Service Provider Compliance 2017/2018 checklist  should assist in collating the relevant information that forms part of the compliance checks. In addition, it is essential that all Roll books /Attendance records and fee records where applicable are accessible, as the information contained within will also form part of the compliance checks.