ECCE Scheme

Hartstown Montosorri Pre-School, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

A Limited Number of spaces still available for our Montessori session beginning 12:30 – 3:30

Free Preschool places for 3 hours per day forĀ 76 weeks from September 2018.


The ECCE Scheme was introduced in January 2010. The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. Participation in a pre-school program provides children with their first formal experience of early learning, the starting point of their educational and social development outside the home. Children who avail of pre-school are more likely to be ready for school and a formal learning and social environment.

From September 2018, children can participate in the ECCE Scheme from 2 years 8 months of age and continue until they transfer to primary school (provided that they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the pre-school year). There will be only one entry point to the ECCE scheme from September 2018. Children must be 2 years 8 months by September to start on the ECCE Scheme.

All children are entitled to 2 full academic years or 76 weeks from September 2018.

We are proud to be a part of this.




To avail of the ECCE Scheme from with effect from.

Children must have been born between the following dates (both dates inclusive)

September 2017 (until June 2018) 1st January 2013 -31st August 2014
January 2018 (until June 2018) 1st January 2013 -31st December 2014
April 2018 (until June 2018) 1st January 2013 -31st March 2015
September 2018 (until June 2019) 1st January 2014 -31st December 2015
September 2019 (until June 2020) 1st January 2015 -31st December 2016
September 2020 (until June 2021) 1st January 2016 -31st December 2017


Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has introduced a new model to enable children with disabilities to access and fully participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme.

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a child-centreed model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the pre-school provider. Further information is available at Access Inclusion Model wesbite