AIM Inclusive Play

About AIM Inclusive Play

 

AIM Inclusive Play is the latest addition to the suite of AIM Supports.

AIM Inclusive Play is a set of resources to support inclusive practice within pre-school settings. These resources, which include equipment, toys and materials, also support the development of coordination and audio, visual and tactile skills among all children, and in particular, children with a disability.

All pre-school rooms delivering the ECCE Programme across more than 4,000 pre-school settings nationally will receive these resources. AIM Inclusive Play offers the potential to support the implementation of all levels of AIM.

Many elements of Síolta and Aistear can also be supported by the effective use of these resources. More broadly, AIM Inclusive Play reinforces an important message – that children’s play is a vital ingredient of childhood, essential for both growth and learning and an integral element of high quality pre-school provision.

The potential uses of the resources are far reaching. Pre-school practitioners are encouraged to engage with and reflect on how these resources can be best used with children in their own setting.



Supporting the Implementation of all Levels of AIM

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AIM LEVEL 1

AIM Inclusive Play further strengthens efforts to embed an inclusive culture (AIM Level 1) within pre-school settings. The resources benefit all children and not just children with a disability. They also encourage cooperative play.

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AIM LEVEL 2

AIM Inclusive Play includes a range of useful information for parents and practitioners (AIM Level 2), including ideas on how to use the resources and information on skills that these resources develop.

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AIM LEVEL 3

AIM Inclusive Play seeks to further develop a qualified and confident workforce (AIM Level 3). A hard copy and online guide will build capacity among pre-school practitioners on the appropriate and effective use of these resources. Early Years Specialists will provide additional support and guidance to the pre-school settings they are working with in relation to these resources.

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AIM LEVEL 4

AIM Inclusive Play will enhance early years educational advice and support (AIM Level 4) provided by Early Years Specialists. Early Years Specialists will have access to these and other resources for demonstration purposes during mentoring visits to pre-school settings.

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AIM LEVEL 5

AIM Inclusive Play includes specialised equipment, which was originally only provided to pre-school settings under the equipment, appliances and minor alterations grants scheme (AIM Level 5). Now all pre-school settings will have access to these resources.

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AIM LEVEL 6

AIM Inclusive Play includes equipment and materials routinely used by therapists when providing therapeutic intervention to children under AIM Level 6.