The ECCE programme is designed to give children access to a free pre-school year of appropriate programme-based activities in the year before they start primary school. Participation in a pre-school programme 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. In general, each eligible child is entitled to one free pre-school year.

The ECCE programme is open to all children aged between 3 years 3 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year.

To avail of the programme at any stage during the pre-school year commencing September 2014 to June 2015, children must have been born between 2nd February 2010 and 30th June 2011 (both dates inclusive).

For children who are not eligible for the ECCE scheme, a fees policy is in place, please contact, Little Orchard Playschool, for details of the daily /weekly fees.