Inclusion Ireland has directly advocated to the department around the Summer Provision Programme 2022.

Our focus is to advocate for children who did not receive a Summer Programme in the last number of years for multiple reasons. The original intention of the programme was to provide support over the summer months to children who struggle or find the break too challenging in terms of consistent support and routine. The programme was created to ensure that children with higher support needs had a chance to keep up routines that help them to manage and achieve their broader education, health and wellbeing  goals and in doing so fully access their right to education.

We, alongside other advocacy organisations and groups, met the Department of Education on 5th May after the announcement of this year’s programme to get a briefing.  

We agreed to meet again later this month to get an update around the 2022 uptake from schools. Of particular concern to us are the children where home-based programmes simply do not work. We hope schools that support children with higher support needs will consider providing this much needed programme this year and liaise with the department to get a full picture of the additional supports available in doing so. Our understanding is that the department of education is linking directly with these schools to explain the programme and the advantages of running it where possible. We will update again at the end of May when we have a clearer picture around uptake.

In the meantime all the details are available here:

gov.ie – Summer Programme 2022: school-based programme in primary and special schools (www.gov.ie)

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