New Employment Oppportunities and Expansion of AIM
A key plank of The Access Inclusion Model (AIM) is the provision of support by a team of 50-experts. They advise the best steps and supports to meet the practical needs of children and their families.
On Wednesday 8th Jan 17 Minister Zappone is confirming an expansion of that service with the creation of 18 new posts (2 specialist coordinators, 15 regular specialists and 1 administrative support post). Funding of just over €1.5m will be provided to fund this expansion.
According to a statement from Minister Katherine Zappone this will include;
“Expansion of childcare services for children with disabilities.
Extra experts appointed to support children, parents and providers. "
Oireachtas Hearings on Childcare on Wednesday 8th January 17.
A scheme to support children with disabilities to enter childcare is being expanded with the appointment of experts to support children, parents and providers, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.
The Minister will use Oireachtas Hearings today (Wednesday 8th Feb) to confirm the creation of 18 new posts.
The Access Inclusion Model (AIM) has provided targeted support to children in over 2,300 instances since it was launched by Minister Zappone last June.
Speaking ahead of the hearings before the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, the Minister said:
“Fairness and equality lie at the very heart of our radical new approach to childcare. I am determined that every child has the opportunity to access our services.
The Access Inclusion Model (AIM) has transformed young lives by ensuring that children with disabilities can fully participate in the free pre-school years.
A key plank of the scheme is the provision of support by a team of 50-experts. They advise the best steps and supports to meet the practical needs of children and their families.
Today I am confirming an expansion of that service with the creation of 18 new posts (2 specialist coordinators, 15 regular specialists and 1 administrative support post). Funding of just over €1.5m will be provided to fund this expansion.
These appointments make it possible to continue to improve the service.
I look forward to updating Oireachtas colleagues when I attend hearings before the Committee today.
In the coming months further steps will be taken to transform our childcare services – not least the preparations for the Affordable Childcare Scheme as set out in Budget 2017.
The scheme is targeted to lift barriers that have prevented other children from entering childcare, including costs.
Our goals are ambitious.
Teams are working hard to put in place the legislation, the technology and the administration to transform our service from being one of the most expensive in the world to the best.
I will today urge politicians from all sides to continue a united approach so we can deliver for children and families.”