Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme

Ennis Montessori School is registered for the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) Government Pre School Scheme.
Ennis Montessori School Siolta award

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 turned 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 may assist you in ascertaining when your child will be eligible:

If born within these dates below: Your child can join the ECCE scheme at the entry point below:
July 2012 to August 2013 September 2016
September 2013 to December 2013 January 2017
January 2014 to March 2014 April 2017
April 2014 to August 2014 September 2017
September 2014 to December 2014 January 2018
January 2015 to March 2015 April 2018

The ECCE scheme provides for a free placement of up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks in line with the school term. The normal schedule for the free pre-school year is 3 hours per day over 38 weeks.

For More Information contact the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Check a child’s eligibility for the ECCE programme with this poster developed by Donegal Childcare Committee