Children with disabilities

  • The expanded ECCE programme commenced in September 2016.
  • Exemptions granted in 2017 for a pro-rata split between 2016/2017 and 2017/18 programme will still apply and children can avail of up to 5 days pre-school where appropriate.
  • From September 2016, a new model “Supporting Access to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) for Children with a Disability” was introduced.  This model of supports includes continuing professional development for early years workers, grants for equipment and alteration for services.
  • All applications for children with special needs must be approved by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in advance.  Applications must be received before July 1st  and should be addressed to:  The Childcare Directorate, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 43-49 Mespil Road, Dublin 4.
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