Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Ceisteanna (558)

Neale Richmond

Ceist:

558. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Education and Skills if provision can be made for those who are eligible to attend a special class but do not wish to take part in the home-based summer provision programme such as in the case of a person (details supplied). [14943/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Summer Provision is aimed at helping children with complex needs prepare for a return to education, particularly after the health restrictions that have been in place over recent months. As work continues on planning for the re-opening of schools, it is important that we take measures help the prevention of regression among these children in terms of their education and social interactions. Based on the information provided by the Deputy it appears that the child in question is eligible for summer provision.

The eligibility criteria for summer provision includes children in the following categories:

1. Pupils with a diagnosis of Autism

2. Pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties

3. Any child in a special school or a special class

4. Children transitioning into a special class from early years settings to primary school

5. Pupils in primary school mainstream classes who present with the following disabilities:

- children with Down syndrome

- children who are Deaf or most severe hard of hearing

- children who are blind or have a most severe visual impairment

- children who have a moderate general learning disability

- children with severe emotional behavioural difficulties

The Government has also approved the inclusion of children with Down Syndrome who are attending post primary school in the home-based strand of the Programme.

Children with the above disabilities entering primary school next September are also eligible for the programme.