ECCE Programme


The ECCE or Early Childhood Care and Education Programme provides children with FREE preschool from the age of 3 years until they start Primary school. 


It offers three entry points during the year September, January and April so once you child turns three he/she can avail of free preschool from the date of the next entry point. Children can avail of 3 hours per day preschool care 5 days per week for 38 weeks per year free of charge!


We at Donegal Community Playgroup & Montessori believe that all children deserve the very best start in life and are comitted to providing each and every child in our care the very best care and education at this very important stage in their 



We offer admittance to both our TraditionalPlayschool and Montessori under the scheme and follow Aisear which is Irelands curriculum framework for children from birth to 6 years.


To avoid disappointment and to avail of thescheme through Donegal Community 

Playgroup & Montessori contact us today toregister your interest on 074 97 40836/ 

087 288 2752 or email


ECCE Daily Fees


up to 3hrs per day - FREE

3.5hrs per day -€1.10

4 hrs per day - €3.10

5 hrs per day - €7.10

CCS Scheme 

The Community Childcare Scheme supports community groups to provide subsidised 

preschool places to children whos parents are on social welfare or who hold a 

medical card but who may not yet qualify 

for their free preschool year.


The continuation of the Community 

Childcare Scheme is welcomed by most 

parents and community groups alike 

particularly during a time when so many 

parents find themselves out of worK but 

still want the very best for their child.


A full list of bands and subsidys are 

available on or by clicking on the link above.


Donegal Community Playgroup & 

Montessori strongly believe that children 

deserve the time and opportunities to 

develop into happy young learners and to develop independence, confidence and 

relationships both inside and outside the 

home. Therefore we offer a specially 

tailored Curriculum for children from as 

young as 2 years and 6 months in our Junior Traditional Playgroup.


To avoid disappointment and to avail of 

this scheme through Donegal Communiry 

Playgroup & Montessoir contact us today 

to register your interest. 


CCS Daily Fees and Bands


Band A 3.5hrs per day - €5.00

           4 hrs per day - FREE

           5 hrs per day - €4.00


Band B 3.5hrs per day- €9.00 

           4 hrs per day - €9.00

           5 hrs per day - €13.00


Full Fee 3.5 hrs per day - €12.60

            4 hrs per day - €14.00

            5 hrs per day - €18.00


TEC Scheme 


The Training and Education Programmes support parents on eligible 

training courses by providing subsidised 

childcare places. 


The CETS or Childcare, training and 

Education Support  Programme formerly 

catered for FAS and VEC training course

participants and now provides childcare on behalf of the Local Education and Training 



The CEC or Community Employment 

Childcare Programme is administered on 

behalf of the Department of Social 

Protection (DSP) and provides childcare for  children of parents who are participating onCommunity Employment schemes.


To avoid disappointment and to avail of thescheme through Donegal Communiry 

Playgroup & Montessoir contact us today toregister your interest.


TEC Daily Fees


3 hrs per day - FREE

3.5 hrs per day - FREE

4 hrs per day - FREE

5 hrs per day - FREE


Schemes and Prices


Donegal Community Playgroup offer a range of schemes, programmes and prices from the free perschool year to the community childcare scheme and the training and education schemes. You will find some helpful information below and a guide to the prices under te relevant schemes. However if you would like to discuss your needs further please feel free to contact our Manager who will be happy to discuss this with you and help guide you to the scheme that best suits you. 

Michael Cooney Memorial Track


Donegal Town

Co. Donegal


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