Using Montessori and other early education techniques, your child will learn the fundamentals of reading, writing and the concept of mathematics. Arts and crafts, drama, singing and dancing are key to all of our Early Education Programmes.

Parents receive constant updates on your child’s progress on a one to one basis from the carers and through our monthly newsletter. Your child’s art and work activities are all gathered in their personal folder for you to take home on a weekly basis. Our aim is to provide the children with a sound educational grounding and to ensure they enter school happy and confident.

The Pre School programme at Grovelands Childcare ensures that when the time arrives to move on to“big school” your child will be more than ready to cope with the transition. Our curriculum is based on well researched early childhood education and development theory and practice, and is founded on six key areas, Personal Social and Emotional Development, Early Maths, Language, Creative Development, Physical Development and Understanding and Appreciation of the World.

ECCE, TEC and CCSP Schemes


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

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age.

From September 2018, children will start ECCE once they are 2 years and 8mths by August 31st 2018 and continue until they transfer to primary school (provided that they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the pre-school year). You can find a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the ECCE scheme (pdf) on the website of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

At Grovelands Childcare we believe that each child deserves the best possible start and at Grovelands Childcare 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.

Grovelands Childcare are participating providers of the Government’s scheme to provide up to 2 free pre-school years for children in the years before they start primary school.

How the ECCE Scheme is provided

The pattern of hours of free pre-school education is a follows:

Sessional Services

If your child attends only for the ECCE “sessional” service,  the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, over 38 weeks. If your child attends for more than 3 hours, you will be charged for the extra time.

Full Day Care Services

If your child attends full-time or part-time, the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours per day over 38 weeks.The subsidy received for the ECCE will be deducted from your full day care fee. Once the 38 weeks of the ECCE term are over the fee will then revert to the centre full day care fee.

Booking Your Place

In order to book your place on our award winning ECCE program you must fill out our ECCE booking form which you can get at any of our centres and return along with a €50 deposit. Your deposit will be repaid to you by the end of October of the year your child starts.


Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)
The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme (CETS) is for eligible parents taking part in ETB/Solas (formerly Fás/VEC) training courses.

After-School Child Care programme (ASCC)
The After School Childcare Programme is for parents that have been informed by their Local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Office that they are eligible for ASCC places

Community Employment Childcare programme (CEC)
The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC) is for eligible parents taking part in Community Employment programmes.

Please check with your local training provider, Intro Centre or Social Welfare to see if you are eligible for any of these schemes.


The Community Childcare Subvention Private Scheme provides access to reduced rate childcare, for parents in receipt of social welfare/low incomes. Parents receive reductions on the full price fee depending on what band of eligibility they fall into. Generally speaking if you have a medical card / GP visit card (over 6+ yrs) and a qualifying payment e.g. One Parent Family payment, Family Income Supplement you may qualify for a Band A reduction. If you have e.g. a medical card and no other qualifying payment you may receive a Band B rate of Reduction.

 Weekly Reduction Amounts

Subvention Rates Hours Band A Band AJ Band B Band D
Full Time Service: 5hrs+ €145 €80 €70 €50
Part Time Service: 3hrs 30mins – 5hrs €80 €80 €35 €25
Sessional Service: Less than 3hrs 30mins €45 €45 €25 €17

Terms and conditions apply.

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