Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (212)

Joe Flaherty

Question:

212. Deputy Joe Flaherty asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth his plans to invite service providers to provide their feedback and observations as part of the current review and evaluation of the AIM. [7685/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

An independent evaluation of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) commenced in December 2020 and will be undertaken during 2021. The evaluation is being carried out by a consortium led by the University of Derby.

The Evaluation will involve a range of methods to gather data. As part of the Evaluation, surveys of both parents and service providers will be undertaken. In addition, both qualitative and quantitative research will be undertaken to consider the perspectives and experiences of children, parents, providers, and a range of key stakeholders involved in designing and delivering AIM supports and other relevant State-funded supports for early learning and care settings.