ECCE PRESCHOOL/MONTESSORI PROGRAMME
Free Preschool places for 3 hours per day for 38 weeks from September 2016
Early education is a key part of Kids Inc’s service and is provided through a best practice Aistear Curriculum. Aistear is the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework developed by the National Council for Curriculum & Assessment (NCCA).
Research proves the unique value of EARLY YEARS education. It is linked to strong academic performance later in school life. Our aim is to provide the necessary foundations for life learning and success at school.
KIDS Inc children who participate in our ECCE programme experience a developed and broad range of learning experiences and are more prepared to deal with the demands placed on them at school. They are also confident, capable and independent learners and Irish Primary School teachers welcome this.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
For the 2015/2016 year children must be aged more than 3 years 2 months and less than 4 years 7 months on September 1st 2015 to qualify for free pre-school. The table below sets out when a child must have been born to be eligible. From September 2016, the scheme will be extended to allow access to children from the age of 3 years up to the time they commence Primary School. The department has set 3 entry points during each year:
- September, for children who turn 3 years on or before the 31st August
- January, for children who turn 3 years on or before the 31st December
- April, for children who turn 3 years on or before the 31st March
|To be eliible for the Free Pre-School Year in the Year beginning||The child must have been born between the dates below (including start and finish date)|
|September 2015-June 2016||2nd February 2011 and the 30th June 2012|
|September 2016-June- 2017||1st January 2012 and the 31st August 2013|
|January 2017-June 2017||1st January 2012 and the 31st December 2013|
|April 2017-June 2017||1st January 2012 and the 31st March 2014|
Why ECCE PRESCHOOL?
Preschool is proven to develop children’s sense of independence by respecting and celebrating the individual child, by recognising the huge potential that the child has and by nurturing the child’s capability.
There is an emphasis on practical life, sensory education, and in particular language (pre reading and writing skills). This strongly links Montessori education to the 1999 Irish Primary School Curriculum which recognises language as the key to all learning and which links learning to the child’s practical environment.
Our Preschool curriculum covers:
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Physical development
- Creative development