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Update on Aim

AIM Inclusive Play Resource Pack

All preschools will have received the AIM Inclusive Play Resource Pack.  The resources have been carefully chosen to support all children, regardless of ability, within the learning environment.

  • The Play Resource Pack offers the potential to support the implementation of all levels of AIM.
  • Reinforces an important message –that children’s play is a vital ingredient of childhood, essential for both growth and learning and an integral element of high quality pre-school provision.
  • The potential uses of the resources are far reaching.
  • Pre-school practitioners are encouraged to engage with and reflect on how these resources can be best used with children in their own setting.

For guidance on use of the Inclusive Play Resource check out http://play.aim.gov.ie/

Supporting the implementation of playful learning in early years environments

Dr. Justine Howard, CPsychol., AFBPsS
Please see attached sheet on how you can support the implementation of playfulness in Early Years settings. Supporting the implementation_of_playful_learning_in_early_years_environments.docx

Announced on 12th May 2017

Childcare for children with disabilities – support scheme reopens

“Accessibility vital in radical new approach to childcare”

Applications for supports for children with disabilities to enter the free pre-school programme in September are now being accepted, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Announcing that the Access Inclusion Model programme (AIM) is now accepting new applications, Minister Zappone urged parents and pre-school providers to apply early to ensure supports can be put in place quickly.

The Minister says accessibility is a key strand of the radical new approach to childcare, which will also see More Affordable Childcare rolled out in September.

Under AIM, a suite of supports – universal and targeted – are available to ensure children with a disability can participate in, and benefit from free pre-school.