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Access Inclusion Model (AIM)

 

 

The Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme.

 

In November 2015, the Government launched the Inter-Departmental Group Report on Supporting Access to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme for Children with a Disability launched November 2015. The report set out a clear vision for a comprehensive, child-centred model of supports which will ensure that children with disabilities can access and meaningfully participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme in mainstream pre-school settings.  The new model was endorsed by Government and funding was committed through Budget 2016 to support its introduction from September 2016 onward.

 

The development of the new Access and Inclusion Model is a cross-Government initiative, led by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and involving the Department of Health, the Department of Education and Skills and others. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, T.D., introduced the model on the 15th June 2016 to allow parents and service providers to plan ahead for enrolments in September 2016 and thereafter. 

 

AIM Information Leaflet

Click on the link below for more detailed information.

www.preschoolaccess.ie

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