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ECCE Pre-School Year

In September children age 3 and older are eligible to start in the Free ECCE Pre School Scheme. You can enrol your child at three different times during the year: September, January and April and they can remain in the Free Pre School until they transfer to Primary School, once they are not more than 5 years 6 months in the June. To ensure that your child benefits from the pre school year as soon as they become eligible, please book your place with us as soon as possible.

Under the Free Pre School Year the government will pay your child’s school fee of €64.50 per week for 38 weeks of the year.

Places are limited so parents are advised to book their child's place at the start of the new school year to avoid missing out on the Free Pre School year. Children that are already enrolled in the creche will have first preference.



The ECCE room is a child-centred environment where we use the HighScope approach to early learning which identifies and builds on children’s strengths, interests and abilities thus enabling children to be actively involved in their learning.

Each child has a key worker who will communicate with parents and have responsibility for your child’s day to day care.

ECCE Pre School is 9.30 am to 12.30 pm sharp!

We also offer full-time care to coincide with the Pre School ECCE Year whereby children can attend crèche for full days. They would be provided with nutritious homemade meals and can also avail of the complimentary classes e.g. Capoeira and Spanish.



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Rathfarnham Day Care, Rear of Seasons, Main St., Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.
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