Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE)

Busy Bees Childcare Hive 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 2020 can be registered on the ECCE scheme in September 2020. You can click here to check your child’s ECCE eligibility on the ECCE calculator.

Eligible Age Range

ECCE Programme Period

Birth Date Between (inclusive)

September 2020 – June 2021

1st January 2016 – 31st December 2017

September 2021 – June 2022

1st January 2017 – 31st December 2018

September 2022 – June 2023

1st January 2018 – 31st December 2019

September 2023 – June 2024

1st January 2019 – 31st December 2020

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs sets the age eligibility and funds the scheme. The funding is provided directly to early years settings for children that they have registered on the ECCE scheme. Parents can contact their local County Childcare Committee with any questions they have about the ECCE scheme.

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.

ECCE Signup