Maples Creche

Free Preschool Year


Free Preschool Year in Portlaoise – Maples Creche

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We believe that the first five years of life are particularly important to any child’s development. This is when children develop basic learning patterns and abilities that they will use for the rest of their lives.

The introduction of the free Pre-school year is a major development in the area of early childhood education.

As a universal scheme, it is hoped that all children will be able to benefit from a Pre-school place in this highly important development year before they commence national school.

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The Early Childhood Care & Education Scheme (ECCE) provides one year free Pre-school education to every child in Ireland aged between 3 years 3 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year.

The ECCE Scheme was announced by the government in April 2009 and was introduced in January 2010. Parents can avail of this ECCE scheme for their children on a 38 week per year basis.


Age guideline for free preschool:
  • Any child who will be 3 years by the 31st August 2016 can now register for Free Preschool place for September 2016.
  • Any child who will be 3 years on 31st December 2016 can register for free preschool for January 2017.
  • Any child who will be 3 years on 31st March 2017 can register for free preschool for April 2017.

Anyone in receipt of a social welfare payment, on a training or on back to education scheme has a medical card or a GP visit card can now avail of reduced childcare costs.


Maples-Creche_preschool28At Maples Creche we believe that each child deserves the best possible start and we believe caring and learning go hand-in-hand.

We are devoted to providing every child in our care with the very best education and encourage learning in a fun, loving and safe environment.


Please contact us to book your free preschool place for September.

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