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AIM Related Documents 

Below are key documents and guidelines relating to AIM and the supports offered. Whether you are looking for more information on the AIM rules, how AIM began or the application process you will find  information on these and more in the links below.

AIM Rules 2020-2021

To view the update AIM rules for 2020/2021 click here: AIM Programme Rules 2020/2021


AIM Policy and Guidelines

AIM Policy

AIM Information Leaflet

Inter-Departmental Group Report launched Nov 2015 (This document describes the rationale for starting AIM and our guiding principles.)

AIM End of Year One Review  (This document describes an extensive review of the AIM programme after it’s first year and our plans for the future.)

Inclusion Coordinator Information and Guidelines

The LINC (Leadership for Inclusion in Early Years) programme is a level 6 special purpose award that allows the graduate to become an inclusion coordinator in a pre-school setting. If your setting employs an inclusion coordinator. You are entitled to an increase of €2 per child per week in addition to your ECCE capitation payable. If you are interested in becoming or employing an inclusion coordinator, please read the documents below.

Role of the Inclusion Co-ordinator

Inclusion Co-ordinator FAQ re Increased ECCE Capitation

Notification of Changes re Inclusion Co-ordinator

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care & Education

Access and Inclusion Profile

In order to avail of AIM targeted supports, parents and providers must complete an Access and Inclusion profile. This will allow Pobal to assess the childs needs in the setting. Guidance and further information on this form can be found on the links below. Please note that AIM is not administered by DCYA, all applications should be made through Pobal’s PIP platform.


AIM Informed Consent

Privacy Statement

Access and Inclusion Guidance document

Access and Inclusion Profile Rationale

Completing the Access and Inclusion Profile

Guidelines for completing an Individual Access and Inclusion Plan

Individual Access and Inclusion Plan

Equipment, Funding and Minor alterations grants

Where specialized equipment or alterations to a pre-school is required for a child to meaningful participate this will be provided. Before applying for this support please read the below documents.

Capital Information

Sample List of Eligible Equipment

Capital Checklist

Capital-Sample Application Form

Capital Recommendation Template to be completed by NCSE Visiting Teacher

 AIM Capital Form for HSE and HSE funded Professional’s

Additional Funding for Classroom support

You may recognise this support as “AIM level 7”. You can apply for additional capitation to fund extra support in the classroom or to enable a reduction of the staff to child ratio. It has been shown that a simple reduction in the staff to child ratio has hugely positive outcomes for the entire preschool room. For more information please read the document below.

Additional Assistance Information

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