Access and Inclusion Model for ECCE

The Better Start 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, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the service provider. For many children, the universal supports offered under the model will be sufficient.  For others, 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, the model is designed to be responsive to the needs of each individual child in the context of their pre-school setting.  It will offer tailored, practical supports based on need and will not require a formal diagnosis of disability.

Please contact our office if you have any further questions or the Early Years Specialist Service (Access and Inclusion) are now available to be contacted and can be contacted on 01 5117222 or by email

Please view the new website which is the dedicated website for AIM and will keep you updated on the relevant dates from which you can apply for the different elements of the 7 levels.

For childcare services, please view the new tab on PIP‘AIM’ where you will find the relevant forms to be completed.

For childcare services,  please view this link to apply for the new higher education programme, “Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years” or LINC, at

Please view this link to go to the Frequently Asked Questions on AIM –

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