Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE)

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

The scheme provides up to 2 “free” ECCE years before a child starts in primary school. It is designed to give children access to appropriate curriculum-based activities in the 2 years before they start primary school.

Participation in an ECCE programme provides children with their first formal experience of early learning. It is the starting-point of their formal educational and social development outside the home. Children who avail of ECCE are more likely to be ready for school and a formal learning and social environment.

With effect from 1st September 2016, children can avail of the ECCE scheme for up to two years prior to starting primary school, depending on the date the child turns three years old. Once your child has turned three years old, there are three entry points during which a child can join the scheme. These entry points are 1st January, 1st April and 1st September of each year.

The examples below will you in understanding when your child will be eligible:

If born within these dates below:

Your child can join the ECCE scheme at the entry point below:

January 2015 to March 2015

April 2018

April 2015 to August 2015

September 2018

September 2015 to December 2015

January 2019

January 2016 to March 2016

April 2019

April 2016 to August 2016

September 2019

September 2016 to December 2016

January 2020

January 2017 to March 2017

April 2020

April 2017 to August 2017

September 2020

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 download the PDF parents guide provided by the Office of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA).


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.

ECCE Signup