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Early Childhood Care and Education

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 31 May 2022

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Ceisteanna (513)

Kathleen Funchion


513. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the first year and full year cost of increasing the ECCE capitation grant by 10%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27916/22]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

The ECCE programme runs for 38 weeks each programme year. The capitation rate paid to providers is €69 per child, per week. The programme currently provides 15 hours of free early learning and care per week.

€272.6 m has been allocated to ECCE in 2022. The table below shows the financial impact of increasing the ECCE standard rate by 10% for the period September to December 2022 and the full year cost. 

A 10% increase in ECCE capitation rates would equate to a full year increased cost of €27.2 million.

Capitation Increase

Capitation Rate

Sept 2022 - Dec 2022 Cost (€m)

Increase for Sept-Dec 2022(€m)

Full Year Cost (€m)

Annual Increase (€m)



€106 m


€272.6 m




€116.6 m

€10.6 m

€299.8 m

€27.2 m

These figures are based on the ECCE budgeted amount for 2022 however may be subject to change to allow for the inclusion of Ukrainian children in the ECCE programme.