The announcement made by Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, of an expansion to the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme, will be of huge benefit to working parents in Kerry.
That’s according to Kerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin who says additional children across the county are now going to be able to access free preschool places.
All children reaching three years of age are now entitled to a free preschool place – previously children were entitled to one free year.
Eligible children will now be able access the expanded ECCE Programme across two – and in some cases three – school years.
In previous years, eligible children were only permitted to access the ECCE Programme from the September of that preschool year.
Two further eligibility entry points have been added, in January and April, to facilitate additional access.
Deputy Griffn said the expansion of the free preschool scheme will be of huge benefit to working parents in Kerry.
It is estimated that for each place on the scheme, a family can save between €2,500 – €4,000 in childcare costs.