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Over €3 million investment boosting resources to over 6,000 pre-school rooms

 'Inclusive Play' helps make pre-school accessible to all
NO FEE MIN ZAPPONE INCLUSIVE PLAY MX 5 Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone

More than 6,000 'Inclusive Play' packs are being distributed free to pre-schools across the country.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone is confirming that distribution of the packs is underway under the Access and Inclusive Model (AIM) which is working to make pre-school accessible to all children.

The packs are designed to enhance children?s experience and promote inclusive play.
Speaking today, Minister Zappone said:

"Inclusive Play is another great addition to the Access and Inclusion Model.
In the coming weeks, these resources, which represent an investment of more than €3 million, will be delivered to all pre-school offering the ECCE programme.

These resources will add to the range of resources already offered and will improve pre-school for all children.
Resources have been chosen for their inclusive play value, for their open ended opportunities and, most importantly, for their appeal to young children.

A short introductory guide has been developed and will be delivered with the resources. A set of short videos has also been produced to demonstrate just some of the benefits of and uses that can be made of these resources. These can be viewed on the AIM website ("

Better Start Update

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Just as an update we are starting to roll out Hanen Teacher Talk training again in April, May, and June partnering with Teacher Education Centres around the country. Initial invitations for first round have been sent to settings with children receiving AIM support in counties Wexford, Leitrim, Waterford, Meath, Sligo, and one in our Pobal office in Galway. Course dates (Saturdays) 21st April and 12th or 19th May, and 9th June.

Further courses in Cork, Donegal, Kilkenny, will be offered starting in the Autumn.

Lámh will also begin as of April again partnering with the Teacher Education Centres across the country. These invitations are being sent to services in counties Waterford, Sligo, Monaghan, Leitrim and Dublin. Course dates (Saturdays) 21st April and 12th or 26th May, and 9th June.

Further courses in Cork, West Cork, Kildare, Navan, Kilkenny, and Wexford will be offered over the next few months and into the autumn.

Invites are sent directly to relevant services via Eventbrite and services are offered two places on each course. We have opted for one Saturday per month, for the first set of trainings, to reduce impact on services needing cover etc. We will review this after the 2nd roll out, in June. The dates coincide with some LINC training dates, as this will encourage take up and build capacity among other staff. Further info if required from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Free Inclusion Training for Childcare

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Minister Zappone announces up to 1,200 free places on leadership for inclusion programme
“Investing in childcare personnel delivers quality accessible services for children, parents and families”

Friday 9th March, 2018

Up to 1,200 free training places are being made available to pre-school practitioners to ensure their free pre-school services are inclusive and accessible to children with disabilities, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Applications will open on 12 March 2018 for the third intake onto the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) higher education programme for pre-school practitioners which will commence this September.

The LINC programme is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and is delivered by a consortium, led by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick together with Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University and Early Childhood Ireland.

Minister Zappone welcomed the announcement of the third intake onto the LINC Programme, noting that:
‘Since the introduction of AIM we have made great strides to ensure children with disabilities can participate in free pre-school education alongside their friends. The provision of high quality education and training to upskill pre-school practitioners through this award winning Programme has been central to our success. Since this Programme was first launched, approximately 750 graduates have taken on the role of Inclusion Coordinator in their setting, a further 850 students are expected to graduate later this year and up to 1,200 places will be offered for new enrolments.”

The LINC Programme contains online and classroom based sessions in order to ensure a flexible and quality learning experience, enabling pre-school practitioners in full-time employment to attend this important continuing professional development (CPD) programme. According to Mr Fintan Breen, LINC National Programme Coordinator ‘pre-school practitioners have engaged enthusiastically with this Programme over the last two years and we are delighted with the impact that LINC is having on children, families and communities.

Across the country, almost 750 graduates from the first intake are now performing a new leadership role of Inclusion Coordinator within their pre-school setting. This attracts an increase of €2 per child per week in the rate of ECCE capitation payable to that setting.

The application deadline for the LINC Programme is Thursday, 12 April 2018 and further information on how to apply can be found on




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All IT related issues or errors relating to the form/form submission must be logged by COB Tuesday 13th March (17:00hrs). Applicants seeking technical support after this date and time cannot be addressed. Please ensure you email a screenshot of any issue you are experiencing to speed up the process of resolving the issue.

Please note that our lines are always very busy on the Deadline day. Any issues or queries raised with the Online Support team on Wednesday 14th March 2018 may not be resolved before the 3pm application submission deadline and may impact on you being able to complete/submit your application in time for the deadline.


Supporting Quality Childcare in Offaly

Offaly County Childcare Committee support the development of quality, affordable, inclusive, accessible childcare and family friendly services for all children in every part of the county.

Offaly County Childcare Committee has been meeting since May 2001 and is made up of representatives from the statutory sector, social partners, community groups, voluntary groups, the Community and Voluntary Forum, National Voluntary Children's Organisations, providers of childcare, and parents - all of whom have a vested interest in childcare provision in the county.

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