Free Pre-school Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
Please click the following for a list of ECCE services in Galway City and County.
2016 Budget Update:
From September 2016, the minimum enrolment age for the free preschool year (ECCE) is age 3.
The age criteria for the current and coming pre-school year are as follows in relation to the ECCE Programme
|To avail of the ECCE programme with effect from||Children must have been born between the following dates (inclusive)|
|Sept 2017 - June 2018||1st January 2013 - 31st August 2014|
|Jan 2018 - June 2018||1st January 2013 - 31st December 2014|
|April 2018 - June 2018||1st January 2013 - 31st March 2015|
Please click the following for Information and Frequestly asked questions on the DCYA funding programmes.
Please click the following link for the A Parent’s Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2017/2018
Access and Inclusion Model
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. Its goal is to empower service providers to deliver an inclusive pre-school experience, ensuring that every eligible child can fully participate in the ECCE programme and reap the benefits of quality early years care and education.
AIM is a child-centred model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the service provider. For many children, the universal supports offered under the model will be sufficient. For others, one particular discrete support may be required to enable participation in pre-school, such as access to a piece of specialised equipment. For a small number, a suite of different services and supports may be necessary. In other words, the model is designed to be responsive to the needs of each individual child in the context of their pre-school setting. It will offer tailored, practical supports based on need and will not require a formal diagnosis of disability.
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Further information available from Galway Childcare Committee at 091 752039 or email@example.com