ecce scheme

ecce school
in knocklyon

The Lodge Montessori participates in the Early Childhood Care and Education programme (ECCE) under the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

ECCE stands for Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme. It covers 15 hours per week, 38 weeks per year, for 2 years.

Scroll down for Age Criteria, ECCE Calculator and How to Apply to our school.

ecce scheme

Below we provide details of the scheme covering dates, duration, eligibility and how to apply.


The ECCE scheme is for children who are at least 2 years and 8 months old before the 1st of September of their commencement year. And not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the pre-school year.

Birth  date between Eligible enrolment date(s)
1 Jan 2016 and 31 Dec 2016 1 Sept 2019 & 1 Sept 2020
1 Jan 2017 and 31 Dec 2017 1 Sept 2020 & 1 Sept 2021
1 Jan 2018 and 31 Dec 2018 1 Sept 2021 & 1 Sept 2022
1 Jan 2019 and 31 Dec 2019 1 Sept 2022 & 1 Sept 2023
1 Jan 2020 and 31 Dec 2020 1 Sept 2023 & 1 Sept 2024
1 Jan 2021 and 31 Dec 2021 1 Sept 2024 & 1 Sept 2025
1 Jan 2022 and 31 Dec 2022 1 Sept 2025 & 1 Sept 2026


You can just enter your childs month and year of birth to get the start dates they are eligible for ECCE from.

ecce calendar 2020/2021
the lodge montessori

These are important dates throughout the school year to help parents plan ahead.

The calendar is subject to change in the case of unforeseen circumstances.

In such events we will inform parents in advance.


2021 January to June

4th Jan 2021 Wednesday
School Re-Opens

18th Feb 2021 Thursday 
School Closed

19th February 2021 Friday
School Closed

17th Mar 2021 Wednesday
School closed St. Patricks Day

29th Mar 2021 Wednesday
School closed Easter Holidays
School re-opens 12th April 2020 Monday

12th Apr 2021 – Monday
School re-opens after Easter Break

3rd May 2021 Monday
School Closed – Bank Holiday

7th Jun 2021 Monday
School Closed – Bank Holiday

8th Jun 2021 Tuesday
School Closed

24th Jun 2021 Thursday
Last day of School Year 2020/2021

2020 July to December

School closed for summer holidays

31st Aug 2020 Monday
School Re-opens

No school closed dates in September

26th Oct 2020 Monday
School Closed Bank Holiday

27th Oct 2020 Tuesday to 30/10/2020 Friday
School closed for Halloween break

2nd Nov 2020 Monday
School re-opens After Halloween Break

18th Dec 2020 Friday
Last day of School before Christmas Break.
School Re-Opens Monday 4th January 2021


Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about how to apply for enrolment.

You fill in our BOOK A VISIT form including your child’s details. You should do this as early as possible. You child is then added to our list of applicants. Your next step is then to visit the school to meet us.

Your child does not have to be any minimum age before you put their name on our list for admission. We have parents who add their child to our list as soon as they are born, others who contact us when they are one or two years old.

First priority is given to siblings of children who attended our Montessori previously. After that the places are allocated on a first come first served basis. So the sooner you apply the higher up the waiting list you are.

Every January we contact the first parents on our list via postal letter, and make an offer of a place for their child to start the following September. Parents then reply to let us know if they wish to avail of the offer. Any of those who do not avail of a place we contact the next parent on the list and continue to do so until all the places available have been filled.

You will be directed to pay a Booking Deposit online on this website of €100. This is refunded when your child has finished their Montessori schooling with us.

When you apply using our BOOK A VISIT form you can mention your preference in the comments or let us know when you visit the school.

Have any other questions? Don’t hesitate to ask…

book a visit
to our preschool

If you are interested in your child attending our Montessori,
then complete the school visit booking form below.

If you are interested in your child attending our Montessori, then complete the school visit booking form below.

book a visit


Interested in Enroling? You and your child/children are invited to book a visit to our school.

Come and see for yourself all the amazing facilities and activities we have to offer.

Please complete the booking form. Once we receive your form submission we will contact you regarding availability of the requested date and time.

A copy of your form submission will be sent to your email address. Details submitted here will not add you to any marketing mailing list or sms service.

We look forward to meeting you.

School Manager


“Free the child’s potential and you will transform them into the world.”