Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (566)

Hildegarde Naughton

Question:

566. Deputy Hildegarde Naughton asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of children that have availed of the early childhood care and education scheme since September 2018 by county in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16435/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme is a free pre-school programme available to all children within the eligible age range. From September 2018, all children meeting the minimum age requirement of 2 years and 8 months will be eligible for a full two programme years. It provides children with a formal early learning experience prior to commencing primary school. The programme is provided three hours per day, five days per week, 38 weeks per year over two programme years.

ECCE contracted services and unique children registered by county (2018/2019) as at 29/03/2019 

County Division

Number of services in contract

Number of unique children registered

Carlow

50

1,311

Cavan

63

1,928

Clare

130

2,515

Cork City

78

2,470

Cork County

361

10,730

Donegal

135

3,293

Dublin - Dublin City

387

9,068

Dublin - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

180

4,491

Dublin - Fingal

308

7,839

Dublin - South Dublin

232

6,314

Galway

254

5,970

Kerry

124

2,956

Kildare

195

5,920

Kilkenny

94

2,151

Laois

77

2,205

Leitrim

31

708

Limerick

173

4,378

Longford

33

835

Louth

116

2,945

Mayo

124

2,816

Meath

193

5,406

Monaghan

60

1,287

Offaly

68

1,843

Roscommon

54

1,387

Sligo

65

1,341

Tipperary

160

3,543

Waterford

89

2,527

Westmeath

80

2,305

Wexford

135

3,603

Wicklow

160

3,522

Total

4,209

107,607