Reinstating The ECCE Scheme Over Age Exemption For Children With Special Needs.
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The Overage Age Exemption has been removed from the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme from September 2018.
The Over Age Exemption previously allowed children with disabilities attend an ECCE place for longer before attending primary school, thereby giving them more time to prepare for this change.
“The removal of this exemption will greatly worry the parents of the children with disabilities who were relying on it to allow them prepare their child better for primary school.
“Children with disabilities, of all levels, sometimes need a bit of extra time before they start in the local mainstream primary school.
“This removal will severely worry parents of children with disabilities who are due to start their ECCE placement in September 2018.
''Allowing this exemption ensured that a child with a disability wasn’t sent to mainstream school before they were ready for it.
“I’m shocked that Minister for Disabilities, Finian McGrath would allow his government colleague, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, bring in these regressive changes.
“There should be a U-turn on this issue as it’s bad for children and bad for our society,”
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