Below are resources related to AIM and the area of disability for parents, providers and those interested in the area of childcare.
City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs)
City and County Childcare Committees, or CCC’s for short, are a Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth funded support for parents and childcare providers. CCC’s can offer assistance with finding a suitable pre-school for your child, give advice and information about various schemes and programmes on offer. CCC’s also provide training for both parents and childcare workers.
To find your local CCC visit myccc.ie.
Information On Disability Supports
Below are links to websites where you can find quality information about supporting children with disabilities accessing pre-school and beyond. You will also find information on schemes and grants specifically for disabilities.
- National Disability Authority
- National Council for Special Education
- HSE advice for supporting children with disabilities
Some of the organisations that help us deliver AIM
Below are some links to AIM related organisations where you can find fantastic information on disability, childcare and education.
- HSE information on childcare options and schemes for your pre-school age child
- Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
- Pobal: Information on how Pobal administers AIM
- Better Start: National Early Years Quality Development Service
- Aistear Siolta – Valuable information of the curriculum and quality frameworks for early childhood education
- First 5 – the government strategy for babies, young children and families
Toolkit For Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care- European Commission
This document explores how decision-makers can foster inclusive systems and settings through a range of policy measures which benefit all children. The documnt can be found here: Toolkit For Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care
Resources for Home Play and Learning
On this page you will find useful information on learning and play you can do with your child at home!
1. Sharing Stories with your Child
Sharing books with your toddler has many benefits. It helps children to develop listening and attention skills and hear lots of words. This helps children to understand the meaning of words and, eventually, to say these words themselves! You can download some useful help sheets from the links below.
- Book Talk – Supporting Interactive Book Reading (PDF)
- Sharing Story Time with your Baby (PDF)
- Sharing Story Time with your Toddler (PDF)
- Fun with Nursery Rhymes (PDF)
2. Sensory Training
Sensory Processing is the ability of the brain to take in, sort out and process information from the world around us. Children may find sensory processing difficult.
The link below shows some tips on everyday things you might find useful to help your child.
- Speech Sound Development (PDF)
- Stammering – An Information Sheet for Parents of Young Children (PDF)
- Developing Language During Everyday Routines – An information Guide for Parents (PDF)
- Supporting Vocabulary Development in Everyday Activities – Top Tips for Parents (PDF)
- Parent Top Tips for Communicating (Power Point)
- Attention and Listening – Ideas to Support Younger Children (PDF)