Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE)

Busy Bees Childcare Ltd. is registered for the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) Government Early Years Scheme.


ECCEWhat is the ECCE Scheme?

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. The scheme is offered in early years settings (pre-schools, Montessori’s, creches, playgroups) for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, 38 weeks of the year.

All children are entitled to 2 full academic years on the ECCE scheme.

Children are eligible to start the ECCE scheme in the September of the year that they turn 3 years old. For example, a child turning 3 years old in 2019 can be registered on the ECCE scheme in September 2019.

The following table sets out relevant eligibility dates by year of birth:

Eligibility for ECCE by month of birth and of enrolment in pre-school

Birth Date Between

Eligible Enrolment date(s)

ECCE end date

1st January 2014 – 31st March 2014

1st April 2017, 1st September 2017 + 1st September 2018*

June 2019

1st April 2014 - 31st August 2014

1st September 2017 + 1st September 2018*

June 2019

1st September 2014 – 31st December 2014

1st January 2018 + 1st September 2018*

June 2019

1st January 2015 - 31st March 2015

1st April 2018, 1st September 2018 + 1st September 2019

June 2020

1st April 2015 – 31st December 2015

1st September 2018 + 1st September 2019

June 2020

1st January 2016 – 31st December 2016

1st September 2019 + 1st September 2020

June 2021

1st January 2017 – 31st December 2017

1st September 2020 + 1st September 2021 June 2022

1st January 2018 – 31st December 2018

1st September 2021 + 1st September 2022 June 2023

1st January 2019 – 31st December 2019

1st September 2022 + 1st September 2023 June 2024

*Children born between 1st January and 31st December 2014 will continue to be eligible for free pre-school under the terms of the ECCE expansion as announced in Budget 2016. ECCE eligibility criteria as announced under Budget 2018 will come into effect with effect from 1st September 2018.

In delivering the ECCE scheme to our little bees, we adhere to the principles of Maria Montessori Education, Síolta and Aistear (the national framework for early years care and education). Click here to find out more information available on Citizens’ Information website.


Additional Information

Busy Bees Childcare have limited ECCE places, to signup now please complete the form to the right of this page. If you require additional information about any of our services you can call us on 00353 (0)1 298 0739 or email info@busybeeschildcare.ie.

Busy Bees Childcare Ltd. is registered for the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) Government Early Years Scheme.

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