ECCE Scheme

Early Chilldhood Care and Education Scheme

Check out when your child can join the ECCE scheme. Click the link below:

ECCE Calculator


The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides 2 free years of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. In general, children are eligible for the ECCE scheme if they are aged 2 years 8 months before 1st September of the year they wish to start.

Children usually attend 5 days a week for 3 hours over 38 weeks in the Oak, Pine and Cherry Rooms. Our morning session runs from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Should you require your child to arrive early/stay longer on a regular basis, charges will apply.

Our ECCE rooms are inspected by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) every 3 to 5 years. We were inspected by DES in 2017 and received an excellent rating. Click on the link to view the full report.

Department of Education - Early Years Education Reports


Access Inclusion Model


The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme.  Its goal is to empower pre-school providers to deliver an inclusive pre-school experience, ensuring that every eligible child can meaningfully participate in the ECCE Programme and reap the benefits of quality early years care and education.

Rachel Lynch is Higgy’s Inclusion Co-ordinator (INCO).

Places fill up fast for September! It’s never too early to book so call in today and book your child’s place! Or call us on 053 9480432.