ECCE & Government Schemes


The state’s Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) is an initiative to provide TWO Free pre-school years for children up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks over one year. The normal schedule for the free pre-school year is 3 hours per day over 38 weeks. However, children attending on a full-time/part-time schedule who are eligible for the ECCE pre-school year will receive the ECCE grant deducted from their monthly fees.

To avail of the ECCE Programme with effect from
Children must have been born between the following dates (both dates inclusive)

September 2016 – June 2017

1st January 2012 – 31st August 2013

January 2017 – June 2017

1st January 2012 – 31st December 2013

April 2017 – June 2017

1st January 2012 – 31st March 2014

The ECCE programme begins in September of each year. However we welcome new entrants to the scheme throughout the ECCE term. Please contact us on 085 189 7799 or e-mail to book your child’s place for this September. 

TEC and Afterschool (with pick up) 

Training and Employment Childcare scheme for ETB students (Education and Training Board; formerly FAS and VEC). If you have applied for an ETB training programme, you may qualify for a free childcare place under the government Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) scheme.

The purpose of this programme is to assist parents taking eligible ETB (formerly FÁS and VEC) courses to undertake training by providing supported childcare places. The allocation of places under the scheme is managed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, via the City and County Childcare Committees (CCC’s). In order to book a childcare place in Mini Trinity, you will require a letter from your course co-ordinator confirming that you are eligible for a TEC place. The letter should also outline the start date and finish date of the course. 

Mini Trinity can apply for the childcare place on your behalf so please call us on 085 189 7799 for further information.