Fees charged to parents are calculated after deducting the grant the Department of children ( DCEDYI ) have approved for the current term under the NCS and ECCE schemes. A part time place is currently €125.00 and a full-time place €250.00 before any deductions are made.
Finglas Childcare Limited is currently in contract with the Dept of Children and youth affairs, this means parents can avail of the Funding schemes available for this year. The National Childcare Scheme (legally known as the Affordable Childcare Scheme) is a national scheme of financial support for parents towards the cost of their childcare. The Scheme includes two types of subsidies towards the cost of quality childcare:
1) a universal subsidy is payable for children between the ages of 24 weeks and 36 months who are using childcare services with an approved childcare service provider. It is also payable for a child who is older than 36 months but does not yet qualify for the Early Childhood Care and Education programme. The universal subsidy is not means-tested and is available to all qualifying families of any income level.
2) an income-related subsidy is payable for children from 24 weeks to 15 years of age who are using childcare services with an approved childcare service provider. The level of subsidy is determined by the family’s reckonable income (i.e. gross income minus tax and other deductibles and minus any applicable multiple child discount). The subsidy is payable for qualifying families where the family’s annual reckonable income is up to a maximum of €60,000. A person can apply for the subsidy online here.
The Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE) programme is a universal two-year pre-school programme available to all children within the eligible age range. 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. ECCE is provided free of charge to parents/guardians. There is one point of entry at the beginning of the programme year. The programme is available to all children who have turned 2 years and 8 months of age before September 1st as long they won’t turn 5 years and 6 months of age on or before June 30th of the programme year.
A staff member is available to assist parents if required.