What is the ECCE Programme?

Links Childcare participates in the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme, we provide children of appropriate age with subsidised pre-school education. The ECCE programme is designed to give children access to a pre-school year of programme-based activities.

Participation in a pre-school programme provides children with their first formal experience of early learning, the starting-point of their educational and social development outside the home. Our Pre-School Curriculum is centred around the national framework for early years education and care and we adhere to the Aistear Curriculum and the principles outlined in Síolta.

Links Childcare provides Pre-School Care in each centre and a Naíonra in selected centres (Seabrook Manor Portmarnock & Blackrock).

Is my child eligible for the scheme?

There will be three points during the year where a child can enrol in the ECCE scheme. Click here.

What is included in the ECCE scheme at Links Childcare?

  • Full Pre-School/Naíonra curriculum and activities are included in the preschool year such as; assessment portfolio, weekly educational themes, parent-teacher meetings, physical education, arts and crafts, music, cookery, Graduation ceremony and Santa visits.
  • The hours for ECCE are 9:30am to 12:30pm, 5 days per week, for 38 weeks, additional hours may be availed of on request.
  • Children in full-time/part-time childcare who are eligible for the ECCE pre-school year(s) will receive the ECCE grant via a deduction from their monthly amount payable.
  • Please note ECCE hours only are extremely limited.  We do not offer ECCE hours only in all of our centres.

Duration of the ECCE Scheme

The ECCE scheme runs for 10 months (September – June)


Deposit is required to secure a place for you child.  Should you fail to take the place the deposit is non-refundable.