Advice and Support
Waterford City Childcare Committee provides advice and support to parents of children with disabilities and refers parents to support organisations eg HSE and those providing supports for specific disabilities eg WASSA, Down’s Syndrome Ireland.
The Committee organises training and advice for Childcare Services on inclusion and mainstreaming of children with disabilities into childcare.
Children with Disabilities accessing the free pre-school (ECCE) year
The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme makes a number of provisions to facilitate children with disabilities and special needs.
- The upper age limit of 4 years 6 months is waived where children have been assessed as being developmentally delayed or where they have a physical, sensory or mental condition which will result in them starting school at a later than normal age.
- Provision is also made to enable children who have been assessed as having a disability, and who would benefit from attending pre-school for 2/3 days rather than 5 days each week, to be eligible over 2 years e.g. 2 days in year 1 and 3 days in year 2.
Interested parents should register their child in a childcare service of their choice and should then write to the Childcare Directorate, DCYA with a copy of the HSE assessment of their child or a letter from a treating consultant as evidence of developmental delay and/or disability.To download copy of the HSE Leaflet Assessing your Child’s Needs please click on Leaflet_Disability_Act
Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
A Directory of Services is available from Waterford City Childcare Committee, please contact the office for a hard copy.
Parent & Toddler Grants for 2013
All Parent & Toddler groups in the city have been informed about the opportunity to apply for Parent & Toddler grants in 2013.
This year the Parent & Toddler Grant will be held centrally by Pobal. The City Childcare Committee will submit a list of Parent & Toddler grant applications they recommend for funding to Pobal by May 24th. While the funding is limited it is advisable that all Parent & Toddler groups who are in need of funding submit an application. Please contact the City Childcare Committee if you require further information.