Accessible pre-school for children with special needs

During 2016, a suite of supports will be phased in to enable children with disabilities fully participate in, and reap the benefits of, quality pre-school care and education.

Making mainstream pre-school settings fully accessible to children with disabilities is a high priority for this government. Supports include enhanced continuing professional development for childcare staff to better understand and respond to children’s’ different needs; grants for equipment, appliances and minor alterations; as well as access to therapeutic intervention.
Funding of €15m has been provided to phase supports in during 2016, with a full year cost of around €33m from 2017 onwards.