The Institute of Early Childhood Development (IECD) was born as an autonomous entity from the national and international drive to adopt an integrated and holistic approach to child development. Emphasis was on early childhood care and education as the foundation for nation building.

IECD serves as the coordinating, advisory, advocacy and regulatory body for early childhood development in Seychelles. It oversees developmental phases from 0-8 years of age.

IECD was established in January 2013. Its role in this brief period has multiplied to also become the regulator for Childminding Services. It is a statutory body with The Ministry of Education as its parent Ministry.


Seychellois children enjoying quality early care and education through the shared commitment of all partners


The mission of IECD is to provide leadership in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and to ensure, through collaboration with all other partners, the coordinated implementation of policies and programmes in order to improve the quality and the accessibility of early childhood care and education so that every child develops holistically, has positive learning experiences, and builds a strong foundation for success in school and everyday life.

The IECD aims to be known as the leading authority in assuring quality in ECCE and recognized as a model of good practice in ECCE regionally and beyond.