ECCE PRESCHOOL PROGRAMME
Free Preschool places for 3 hours per day for 38 weeks from September 2018
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 September 2018 enrollment, children must be born between 1st Jan 2014 and 31st Dec 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.
There is only one enrolment date for the year – September 2018
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