Free Childcare Places

Early Childhood and Education Scheme:

We are registered for Free Pre-school Spaces under the above scheme. The ECCE scheme provides children with their first formal experience of early learning prior to commencing primary school. The programme is provided for three hours per day, five days per week over 38 weeks per year and the programme year runs from September to June each year.


There is one point of entry at the beginning of the programme year. The programme is available to all children from the September after the child has turned 2 years and 8 months.


The following are the Government requirements:

  • Children have to be enrolled in a crèche which is registered with the government and provides Pre School for 3 hours per day 5 days per week. Hours: 9am-12pm or 1.30pm-4.30pm Monday-Friday.
  • The crèche must be in compliance with the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, Environmental Health Regulations and have the relevant Tax Clearance.
NOTE: To qualify for the first year of the ECCE scheme starting in September 2021 your child must be born between 1st January 2018 - 31st December 2018.

Should you require further information please contact us on:            

091 756216 - Child's Play, Galway City

093 39889 - Dún Beag, Dunmore

093 51774 - Millbrook, Milltown

091 768706 - Glasán creche, Galway City


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All of our creches are registered for
under the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE)
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