Early Childhood Care and Education Authority
The Early Childhood Care and Education Authority (ECCEA) is a parastatal
body operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human
Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research which promotes and provides pre-school education and services in
the Republic of Mauritius. The ECCEA formerly known as Pre School Trust Fund
(set up in 1984) came into operation in June 2008. The Early Childhood Care and Education Authority
Act 2007 was proclaimed on 16 June 2008.
Provision of quality preschool education within a safe, inclusive and child
ECCEA aims at providing equal access for all children to quality
pre-schooling including those at risk of delayed development and
disabilities and those coming from conditions of vulnerability, through a
child-centered and play-based approach, with the involvement of the parents.
The Authority shall –
implement policies of Government with regard to early childhood care and
education in the Republic of
implement projects, programmes and activities on early childhood care and
education initiated by the Ministry in collaboration with line Ministries,
non-governmental organizations or local and international agencies.
set norms and standards for play equipment, play materials, play space,
furniture, books and children’s literature used by educational institutions.
• carry out the registration and supervision of educational institutions,
their managers, educators and other staff engaged in early childhood care
• advise on the development of training programmes on early childhood care and
education for educators and other staff in educational institutions.
• administer payment of any form of grants to registered educational
institutions and manage grants in collaboration with the relevant
• take such action as may be appropriate, in collaboration with relevant line
Ministries and authorities, to prevent any form of violence, including
sexual abuse, negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, on young
The Authority shall
have such powers as are necessary to enable it to effectively attain its
objects and discharge its functions and may, in particular, raise funds and
secure financial and other support for its activities.