Access to pre-school for children with disabilities

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme. Its goal is to empower service providers to deliver an inclusive pre-school experience, ensuring that every eligible child can fully participate in the ECCE programme and reap the benefits of quality early years care and education.


AIM is a child-centred model, involving seven levels of progressive support, based on the needs of the child and the service provider.

“Your child does not need to have a diagnosed disability to avail of these supports. If you have concerns, share them.”

For some children one particular discrete support may be required to enable participation in pre-school, such as access to a piece of specialised equipment. For a small number, a suite of different services and supports may be necessary. In other words, AIM is designed to be responsive to the needs of each individual child in the context of their pre-school setting.

If you would like to find out more about AIM visit or call Wicklow County Childcare on 0404 64455 or email

Wicklow County Childcare is situated on Kilmantin Hill in Wicklow Town; opposite Wicklow’s Historic Gaol. Visit for more information on AIM and other aspects of childcare in Co. Wicklow.


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