ECCE scheme

ECCE scheme is a free preschool year that is available to children. It is funded by the Department of Children.

Children are eligible for the ECCE scheme once they reach their 3rd birthday. There are 3 entry points for the scheme – September , January and April.

Our Preschool is called “Little Scribblers”.  Our opening times are based around the school year.


The crèche is open throughout the summer if you wish to call in at any time, just phone Sharon or Riona to make arrangements.

Opening and closing hours:

We are open from 09.30 to 12.30 Monday to Friday.

Little Scribblers will be closed on the following days – Bank holidays, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas holidays and Easter holidays and midterms.


Your ECCE place is fully funded provided that you meet the criteria to qualify for a place. Your child’s date of birth determines eligibility.

You must have a PPS no for your child – this must be available on commencement.

ECCE forms will have to be filled in within the first week of preschool to claim the free preschool year.

We will not request a voluntary charge on a weekly or monthly basis.

However throughout the year we may incorporate into the curriculum a farm trip, a bouncy castle party, Santa presents and library visits – if and when these become available we will inform you in writing of dates, times and cost.

Should your child not wish to participate in these activities we will offer the regular school day as per ECCE contract.

Deposits- you will have paid a 50 euro deposit to secure your place. This is refundable to you once your child’s place on the ECCE scheme has been approved.