Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

access and inclusion

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can fully participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme, thereby reaping the benefits of quality early years care and education and realising the opportunity to reach their full potential.


The AIM model provides a suite of universal and targeted supports across 7 levels.

  • Universal Supports (Levels 1-3)
  • Targeted Supports (Levels 4-7)

Additional information and supporting documentation regarding each of the 7 levels of the model can be accessed at

The Role of Pobal

Pobal manages and administers a number of key functions under AIM level 1, 5 & 7 including:

  • Application processes
  • Appraisal and Decision Making
  • Contract Management
  • Financial Management including payment processing and reporting
  • Information Supports
  • Support and advice for services and parents

How to apply for AIM Level 1, 5 and 7

Level 1: An ECCE service provider, who is or employs a graduate from the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) in Early Years Programme, who has agreed to take on the role of the Inclusion Coordinator in their setting, can apply for an increased capitation of €2 pro-rata per week per approved registration.

Eligible service provider can apply for the increased capitation by completing the LINC application form on the PIP Portal.

Level 5: A service provider, in conjunction with a parent, can apply for equipment, appliances and/or a capital grant towards the cost of minor alterations to the pre-school setting where it is deemed necessary and critical to enabling the meaningful participation of the child in the ECCE programme.

To apply for Aim Level 5 support you must complete the AIM Level 5 application form on the PIP Portal.

Level 7: Where supports at Level 1-6 are not sufficient to meet the needs of the child, service providers, in partnership with parents, can apply for additional capitation to fund extra support in the classroom or to enable the reduction of the staff to child ratio.

You can apply for Aim Level 7 support by completing a Level 4 Access and Inclusion Profile on the PIP Portal

Protecting the privacy of parents/guardians

The AIM Privacy Statement, in conjunction with informed consent form governs collection, retention, use and sharing of personal information about a child, parent/guardian/carer and pre-school service under this initiative.

Programme Contact Details

Pobal Support

T. 01 511 7222