Cashelard, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal


The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides a free year 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 between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months on 1 September of the year that they will be starting. The State pays a capitation fee to participating playschools and daycare services. In return, they provide a pre-school service free of charge to all children within the qualifying age range for a set number of hours over a set period of weeks

Footprints Montessori is taking part in the ECCE Government Pre-School Scheme from September 2011. The Early Childhood Care & Education Scheme (ECCE) provides one year “free” Pre-school education to every child in Ireland aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year.

To qualify for ECCE scheme in September 2016 children born on or between 2nd Feb 2012 – 30th June 2013 will qualify.Your child is entitled to 3 hours free pre school per day,5 days a week for 38 weeks of thee year.

ECCE HOURS 9.00 to 12.00

We do open from 8.45 each day for parents that need this facility .Discuss with Kay as you will be required to pay for this extra time.

If you would like to learn more about the ECCE scheme, you can read about it here

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My son has blossomed since starting at Footprints Montessori under the care and guidance of Kay and her staff. They have become important people in his life and he loves going to `Kay´s House´ to meet all his friends, play, have fun and learn lots of new things! Kay and her team have helped my son enormously with his speech and language skills, social skills and generally learning more about the world around him. I attribute this to the dedication, care and attention given especially by Kay and her team to my son during these important pre-school years.
Siobhan White