AIM: Access and Inclusion Model

In this section:

What is AIM?

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 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

AIM training Schedule

KCCC has been providing Equality and Diversity Training since the AIM programme began.
Feedback on this training has been very positive and we have experienced very high demand for places at the training events. The programme consists of 1 full day and 3 evening sessions, and is open to all providers in Kildare to attend.

Our Schedule for the first quarter of 2018 is as follows:
January 27th (Full day) and 31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb (evening sessions). Venue: KCCC Offices, Clane.
February 10th (Full day) and Feb 19th, 26th, 5th March (evening sessions). Venue: Springfield Hotel, Leixlip.
February 24th (Full day) and 28th Feb, 7th & 14th March (evening sessions). Venue: Celbridge Manor Hotel, Celbridge.

March 1st (2-8pm) and 8th, 13th & 22nd (evening sessions). Venue: Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth.
Please note: these are the last sessions which will take place in the north of the county.

Further dates, to be confirmed, will take place in other locations in the County in the coming months.

If you wish to attend an event you see advertised, please contact
Invitations will be sent to all of those on our mailing lists via eventbrite 

Parent's FAQs

My child is starting ECCE and I have concerns they may need support under AIM - what should I do?
- Contact your preschool well ahead of your child's start date to ensure any additional supports can be made available as soon as possible.

My child's preschool has suggested my child will require AIM supports, I am not sure.
- It is definitely worth availing of any supports offered as anecdotally parents and providers are reporting that this support at an early age is making a huge difference to children's readiness to begin school when the time comes. It means that your child can be given help with any difficulties which they are having at the earliest possible opportunity and the results reported by parents so far have been very encouraging.


Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) - Information and Contact Leaflet

AIM Website

Full information on the AIM Scheme is available at or please contact us at with your enquiry


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