Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) refers to a wide range of programmes aimed at the physical, cognitive and social development of children before they enter primary school.  ECCE is not compulsory in Trinidad and Tobago, but the demand for it is growing as parents and educators see how pre-primary education helps to set the foundation for lifelong learning.  There are over 160 centres throughout Trinidad and Tobago that have been approved by the Ministry of Education to provide ECCE. 

Who can enrol in an ECCE centre?

Any child between the ages of three and five can be enrolled in an ECCE centre.  However, each centre has its own enrolment policy.

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How do I enrol my child in an ECCE centre?

Review the listing of approved ECCE centres by following the link below, and then contact the centres in which you are interested to find out about their specific fees and enrolment process.  Contact information for all ECCE centres can be obtained by calling the Early Childhood Care and Education Unit of the Ministry of Education at (868) 625-0911.

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Centres 


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What is the calendar for the current school year?

In general, ECCE centres follow the primary and secondary school calendar, which consists of three terms.  Follow the link below to view calendar for the current school year, including national holidays.

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Where can I find more information about ECCE centres?

Early Childhood Care and Education Division (ECCE)
Ministry of Education
Education Towers
Level 13
#5 St. Vincent Street,
Tel: (868) 478-0774 

You can also visit the Ministry of Education's ECCE directory page as well as their website by following the links below.

Ministry of Education website


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