Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (603)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

603. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of AIM applications made in each county since 2015, by AIM level and year in tabular form. [21548/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a programme of supports designed to enable children with a disability to access and meaningfully participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme. It was introduced in June 2016 and is administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. AIM is a child-centred model, involving 7 levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child in the context of the pre-school setting they are attending.

AIM Level 1 includes the new higher education programme in Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC), established in 2016 with the first intake of students graduating in October 2017. Pre-school settings employing an Inclusion Coordinator (who has graduated from LINC and has agreed to take on the role of Inclusion Coordinator (INCO) in the pre-school setting) can apply for an increase of €2 per child per week in the rate of ECCE capitation payable to that setting. Applications for this increased rate of ECCE capitation were accepted from 2017. 

AIM Level 2 provides information for parents and pre-school providers. A dedicated website has been launched under this level - www.aim.gov.ie - and an AIM Communications Strategy is also being developed.

AIM Level 3, in recognising the requirement to continue to develop a qualified workforce that can confidently meet the needs of all children wishing to participate in the ECCE programme, provides for a multi-annual training programme for pre-school practitioners.

AIM Level 4 provides access to mentoring for pre-school practitioners from a team of dedicated AIM Early Years Specialists.

AIM Level 5 provides for access to specialised equipment, appliances, assistive technology and/or minor alterations capital grants for early years’ settings to ensure children with a disability can participate in the ECCE programme.

AIM Level 6 provides access to HSE therapeutic services where they are critical to enable the child to be enrolled and to meaningfully participate in the ECCE programme.

AIM Level 7 provides additional assistance in the pre-school room where this is critical to ensuring a child’s participation in the ECCE programme. In line with emerging best practice to support the integration and independence of children with a disability, AIM does not fund Special Needs Assistants (SNAs). Rather, it provides financial support to the pre-school provider, which can be used either to reduce the adult to child ratio in the pre-school room or to buy in additional assistance to the pre-school room. Accordingly, Level 7 assistance is a shared resource for the pre-school setting.

Pobal has provided the following information regarding the number of AIM applications for Levels 1, 4, 5 and 7 received by county since 2016. As the 2018-19 programme year is not yet complete, the number of applications in relation to 2018-19 may rise further during the final weeks of the programme year.

County 

Level 1 - INCO   Capitation

Level 1 - INCO Capitation

Level 4 - Mentoring from Early Years Specialists

Level 4 - Mentoring from Early Years Specialists

Level 4 - Mentoring from Early Years Specialists

Level 5 - Alterations & Equipment

ECCE programme year

2017-18

2018-19

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2016-17

Carlow

12

26

29

53

66

1

Cavan

4

23

49

47

73

13

Clare

31

46

100

100

127

13

Cork

104

171

345

437

546

42

Donegal

47

55

113

126

131

16

Dublin

117

281

507

721

945

30

Galway

36

99

120

158

188

13

Kerry

51

60

92

130

114

21

Kildare

44

72

104

163

179

16

Kilkenny

17

33

38

55

69

9

Laois

18

26

57

78

102

11

Leitrim

6

10

17

22

19

7

Limerick

63

73

135

156

204

13

Longford

5

16

26

19

29

2

Louth

17

32

77

112

171

9

Mayo

25

49

50

99

103

7

Meath

28

67

98

182

197

21

Monaghan

13

19

27

24

43

5

Offaly

11

20

42

58

98

7

Roscommon

20

32

30

46

49

2

Sligo

18

22

21

29

42

8

Tipperary

25

63

88

119

143

15

Waterford

19

34

54

62

87

9

Westmeath

17

27

47

58

78

5

Wexford

23

56

87

111

139

3

Wicklow

12

43

42

92

91

6

Total

783

1,455

2,395

3,257

4,033

304

table contd.

County 

Level 5 - Alterations & Equipment

Level 5 - Alterations & Equipment

Level 7 - Additional Assistance in the preschool room

Level 7 - Additional Assistance in the preschool room

Level 7 - Additional Assistance in the preschool room

ECCE programme year

2017-18

2018-19

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Carlow

4

10

18

48

75

Cavan

10

10

43

64

82

Clare

16

26

90

111

124

Cork

89

82

263

516

667

Donegal

27

14

91

137

173

Dublin

49

71

323

750

1,126

Galway

16

17

99

186

231

Kerry

23

34

71

141

153

Kildare

17

7

90

160

214

Kilkenny

11

5

30

59

90

Laois

14

10

41

83

114

Leitrim

3

3

12

23

29

Limerick

27

14

118

182

247

Longford

 

6

20

21

33

Louth

8

18

59

123

206

Mayo

22

23

35

105

137

Meath

26

30

50

173

255

Monaghan

4

2

25

36

52

Offaly

11

7

28

71

106

Roscommon

7

2

20

50

61

Sligo

9

6

19

35

56

Tipperary

15

20

69

138

183

Waterford

4

7

48

64

102

Westmeath

2

8

32

58

87

Wexford

4

12

69

139

178

Wicklow

7

2

29

85

102

Total

425

446

1,792

3,558

4,883