Busy Kids hold ECCE as one of the most important stages in children’ development. Busy Kids ECCE teachers are fully trained early childhood educators and committed to the development of each child’s individual personality and each class room equipped to the highest standard.

Our ECCE class-room is a area for children where they choose their work from among self correcting materials displayed on open shelves in specific work areas where the child will enjoy both a structured and free play based curriculum. They will be encouraged to participate in all the activities the room has to offer, such as: art and craft, messy play, cookery etc. as well as outdoor play.

ECCE is a comprehensive educational approach based on the observation of children’s needs; it invites children to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice. Under the guidance of a fully trained teacher children in Early Childhood Education each child will learn by making discoveries with materials, such as cultivating concentration, motivation, self discipline and a love of learning. It covers 5 main areas: Practical life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language and Cultural activities.

On completion of the ECCE class (September to June) each child take great pride in a graduation ceremony with singing that they put on for their parents/guardians. There is great anticipation and excitement leading up to the Graduation Ceremony and parents and teachers are so proud when their children put on their caps and gowns and receive their Graduation Scroll and make a leap towards “big school”

What 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 2019 can be registered on the ECCE scheme in September 2019.

Check your child’s ECCE eligibility on the ECCE calculator here


Eligible age range

To avail of the ECCE programme with effect from Children must have been born between the following dates (both dates inclusive)
September 2018 – June 2019 1st January 2014 – 31st December 2015
September 2019 – June 2020 1st January 2015 – 31st December 2016
September 2020 – June 2021 1st January 2016 – 31st December 2017
September 2021 – June 2022 1st January 2017 – 31st December 2018


Busy Kids Childcare are a registered provider of the ECCE Preschool Years for children. Our ECCE Classes normally run from 9.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday – These hours are free of charge if your child qualifies. You can choose to put your child into full-time childcare with Busy Kids at an additional cost. This can be spoke about with our childcare managers at each location.

At Busy Kids we have a waiting list for enrollment and we advise all parents / guardians to put their child on the waiting list as soon as possible. A deposit may be required.