Preschool Assistance Subsidy Secure - HSE

The preschool assistance subsidy, which supports children with disabilities, is to continue, the Health Service Executive has confirmed.

Welcoming the news, Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler, said he is "relieved", adding: "The scheme supports children with a disability who are in pre-school. It essentially allows the preschool to hire a special needs assistant for the child to help with a variety of needs including communication, going to the toilet and eating.

"These assistants make a huge difference to the children involved. Currently 58 children aged between one and six avail of the scheme through Down Syndrome Louth/Meath. Without this scheme I know many of these children would not be able to attend preschool.

"I understand that a review is being carried out of the scheme, and this was causing some serious concern among parents. I am very pleased to have received confirmation from the HSE's Area Manager in Louth/Meath that funding has been approved in full for the scheme for the academic year 2014-2015.

"I am pleased and relieved that the preschool assistance subsidy is being protected for the year ahead, and I hope this will put parents' minds at ease."


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