ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education)
For the children who are on the “government pre-school scheme” the government is allocating €69 for each child. Bizzy B’s is registered as a ‘Part-time Service’ with the HSE (this is defined as structured day care for pre-school children for more than 3.5 hours and less than 5 hours per day). Parents are entitled to avail of a three and a half hour option daily but priority is given to those parents that choose the part-time hours including the ECCE place. The balance is paid monthly.
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The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) was launched in June 2016 with children benefitting from these supports from September 2016.
AIM is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the ECCE programme. Its goal is to empower preschool providers to deliver an inclusive preschool experience, ensuring that every eligible child can fully participate in the ECCE programme and reap the benefits of quality early years care and education.
AIM is a child-centred model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the preschool setting.
Universal Subsidies are available to all families with children under three years old. They are also available to families with children over three years who have not yet qualified for the free preschool programme (ECCE). This subsidy is not means tested and provides 50c per hour towards the cost of a registered childcare place for up to a maximum of 40 hours per week.
Income Assessed Subsidies are available to families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years. This subsidy is means tested and will be calculated based on your individual circumstances. Your rate will vary depending on your level of family income, your child’s age and educational stage, and the number of children in your family. The subsidy can be used towards the cost of a registered childcare place for up to a maximum of 40 hours if you are working, studying or training, or in circumstances where you are unavailable for childcare, and a maximum of 15 hours if you are not working, studying or training.
To apply for the Scheme online you will need to have a verified MyGovID.