AIM Rules 20-21

Latest Updates

21.08.20 AIM Rules 2020/2021 now available

The AIM Rules for 2020/2021 are available from today on the AIM website. There are very few changes relative to the 2019/2020 rules, and all the changes (five in total) are presented in the attached Appendix. Most of the changes relate to the interaction of AIM and the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS)  (discussed below), and there is also one change (to section 2.1 of the AIM Rules) to reflect the extension of the “saver” arrangements for CCSP and TEC beneficiaries.

Notification of Change Form, may be found here


21.07.20 AIM Informed Consent

Service Providers, the AIM parental consent form has been updated and will take effect from today Tuesday 21st July 2020.

Please delete any previous versions you have saved as they are no longer valid.


AIM Parental Consent Form


09.06.20 Better Start AIM Announcement

AIM update


13.05.20 PIP Announcement

The process for new applications for AIM Levels 4, 5 and 7 has not yet opened. A further announcement in relation to the above will be made soon. 
The application process for AIM Level 7 2nd year extensions is currently open. Please note, 2nd year extensions should be submitted as early as possible to ensure that the relevant supports are in place for September. This is done through your PIP portal.


07.05.20 PIP Announcement

AIM Level 7 – 2nd year extensions process during Covid-19

For children who are currently receiving AIM supports and are eligible to avail of a 2nd year of the ECCE programme from September 2020/21:
If the child is eligible and is expected to return to the same pre-school setting for a second year and circumstances have not changed, services in receipt of AIM Level 7 supports must submit a 2nd year extension request for all eligible children. This request can be submitted via the AIM tab on the PIP Portal from Wednesday 6th May.  Confirmation of continued support will be contingent on services being advised they can re-open, following Covid-19 closures.
If the child who is currently availing of AIM supports is expected to move to another pre-school in September 2020/21, or a for a child expected to enrol in a first year of ECCE, a new AIM application will need to be made by the new pre-school provider in conjunction with the parent(s).  
A further announcement in relation to the timing of new AIM Applications for the 2020/21 programme call will be made shortly.
AIM Level 5
If a child in receipt of AIM Level 5 equipment is transitioning to school in September 2020, transfer of ownership documents will be issued in due course.  If a child in receipt of AIM Level 5 equipment is expected to move to another pre-school in September 2020, a new AIM application must be submitted by the new pre-school provider in conjunction with the parent(s).  
A further announcement in relation to the timing of new AIM Level 5 Applications for the 2020/21 programme call will be issued shortly.

Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

This is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme.  Its goal is to empower service providers to deliver an inclusive pre-school experience, ensuring that every eligible child can fully participate in the ECCE programme and reap the benefits of quality early years care and education.

AIM is a child-centred model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the service provider. 

AIM poster Longford

Find out more!

Detailed Information on all 7 levels can be accessed on

Service providers can access more information

Frequently asked questions on the Model are available at

AIM Inclusive Play

About AIM Inclusive Play (2018)

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.

Dr. Katherine Zappone, Minister of DCYA

For a guide to these resources, please click here

AIM level 1-3
AIM level 5
AIM level 6
AIM level 7