Pre-School Fees & Registration

Sharkeyhill Pre-School caters for children aged between 2 years 6 months and 5 years 6 months.

ECCE Scheme

Children aged 3 years or more can avail of the government Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme which provides free government-subsidised pre-school places for children over 3 years of age. Registration on this scheme takes place in September, January and April. Children are eligible for the scheme in the enrolment month following their third birthday. To check when your child will be eligible for the ECCE scheme enter their birthday in the ECCE Calculator below:

ECCE Calculator

Children can be registered on the ECCE scheme to attend pre-school for 2,3,4 or 5 days a week. However, parents should be aware that should they wish to increase the number of days their child attends pre-school, it cannot be guaranteed that additional days will be available. The terms of the ECCE scheme also specifies that funding may cease if a child is absent for more than 20 consecutive days.

Pre-School Fees

Children under 3 years of age may also be eligible for subsidised pre-school fees. Check the table below for details of the different qualifying bands and the associated fees.







Social Welfare Payment


Medical Card

Medical Card only


Social Welfare Payment without Medical Card

No Exemption 
 €10 per week

 €30 per week

€55 per week
€2 per day €6 per day €11 per day

*Click here to check your eligibility for subsidised fees. Parents will be required to provide evidence of a qualifying social welfare payment when applying to this scheme.

Registering Your Child

To register your child for enrolment in Sharkey Hill Pre-School, please download, complete and return the Pre-School Registration Form

If you wish to enquire further about our services and fees, please feel free to contact us