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Inclusion of Children with Additional Needs

May 15, 2015

Do you have a child with additional needs in your service? If so, we would ask you to take 10-15 minutes to fill in a survey on your experiences of including him or her in your service.


The aim of the survey is to gather evidence that will support the improvement of access to quality early childhood care and education for children with additional needs. You may have seen our recent submission on the role of special needs assistants in early childhood care and education. Now, we want to take this work further. To support this aim, we are working to:

  1. Identify challenges and barriers for parents and ECCE settings in relation to early childhood care and education for children with additional needs.
  2. Determine effective models, strategies and best practice in ECCE settings that work for families and educators
  3. Identify common trends in funding for supports for children with additional needs in early childhood settings, including parents’ role herein

So, please help us by completing our Educator Survey on Additional Needs.


To Pass on to Parents

We would also greatly appreciate if you could encourage parents in your setting who have young children, aged 0-6, with diagnosed or undiagnosed additional / special educational needs to complete our Parent Survey on Additional Needs.


Focus Group

We are organising a focus group with early childhood educators in Leinster currently working with children with additional needs. At the focus group we hope to elaborate on the questions from the survey.

The focus group will take place at the Red Cow Moran Hotel on Thursday the 28th May at 7pm. There will be coffee and tea upon arrival and we expect the session to last no longer than two hours.  If this is something that you would be interested in participating in please contact Maja Haals Brosnan by email or phone 014040645.

Please, do not hesitate to bring along any colleagues and/or parents from other services currently caring for children with additional needs and who wish to participate.


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