Free ECC places

Free Preschool Places under the ECCE Scheme!

The ECCE programme is a universal two-year pre-school programme available to all children within the eligible age range. It provides children with their first formal experience of early learning prior to commencing primary school. The programme is provided for three hours per day, five days per week over 38 weeks per year and the programme year runs from September to June each year. 

“There will be one point of entry at the beginning of the programme year from this September 2018. The programme will be available to all children who have turned 2 years and 8 months before September as long they won’t turn 5 years and 6 months at any point during the pre-school year. Childcare services taking part in the ECCE scheme must provide an appropriate pre-school educational programme which adheres to the principles of Síolta, the national framework for early years care and education.”

(Source: Department of children and youth affairs)

Free ECC places

Real Benefits Begin Early

The introduction of this scheme is a crucial step in the development of children’s education today. We at Little Scholars strongly believe in Maria Montessori’s philosophy that a child’s most responsive and important years of development are between the ages of 0-6years. Thus being within a pre-school environment at this young age is a must for your child to reach the best of their ability on there natural developmental path.

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Terms and Conditions apply

Preference goes to full time places over part time places. A refundable €50 euro deposit is required to secure a place in the Montessori. Please note Little Scholars is a private Montessori and enrolment does not secure an automatic place within Bracken Educate Together National School. An application process for a place must be undertaken directly with the primary school.


The ECCE Scheme allows for two years of FREE pre-school, it was announced by the government in April 2009 and was introduced in January 2010. Parents are able to avail of this ECCE scheme for their children on a 38 week per year basis.

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If you would like to register your child please download the form, fill it in and bring it into us or send back via email or post.