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Preschool Education

Home Tuition

If you have a child who has a diagnosis of Autism, they may be entitled to Home Tuition under the Department of Education, where, subject to the terms and conditions of the scheme, your child can receive one on one tuition in the family home, by an approved tutor. If your child is attending Primary school they cannot receive home tuition.


If your child is attending preschool, the hours your child attends preschool is deducted from their Home Tuition hours e.g if you have a child aged 4 who is entitled to 20 hours a week Home Tuition, but attends preschool for 15 hours – your child is then only entitled to 5 hours a week Home Tuition.


Children aged 2.5 years to 3 years may be entitled to 10 hours a week.

Children aged 3+ may be entitled to 20 hours a week.


For more information on this, please visit the Dept of Education website on


GAP Database of Tutors  *DISCLAIMER*

GAP does hold a Database of Tutors who have submitted their names to our office. This list is available to members only.


Please note GAP does not interview or vet these Tutors nor have any personal knowledge of the individuals. It is up to the parent to interview the Tutor and decide if the tutor is suitable and complies with the guidelines issued by the Dept of Education. If you are a member and would like a copy of the database please phone the GAP office 091 588899 or email


Specialist Preschools for children with a diagnosis of Autism


Please note this list is not exhaustive, nor does GAP recommend any particular preschool. Please contact the Galway City & County Childcare committee for a full list at


  • Springfield Child Development Centre
    Creagh, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway  Tel.: 0909-9642993
  • Stepping Stones Child Development Centre
    Garraun Park, Dublin Road, Tuam, Co. Galway  Tel.: 093-28277
  • Children’s Language Development Preschool
    Moyvilla Court, Oranmore, Co. Galway  Tel.: 091-877875.
  • The Learning Tree Prechool located in St. Gabriel’s National School, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Tel.:0876652220


Mainstream Preschools

If you child is or will be attending a mainstream preschool, they may be entitled to apply for additional support under the AIM scheme.

The Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) 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. For more information see


Primary and Secondary Schools

Please note this list is annually updated on – see


As a guide we have some schools listed below.


If your child is to attend mainstream school, he/she may be able to access support via a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) and also Resource Teaching Hours. The school usually makes the application on the child’s behalf to the Dept of Education. Please liaise with your school principal on this matter.


The local officer for the Dept of Education is the Special Needs Education Officer (SENO).


For contact details of your Special Needs Education Officer (SENO) see .


Primary Schools with Special Class(es)

Carrabane NS

Athenry, Co. Galway  Tel.: 091-842458

Galway Educate Together

Thomas Hynes Road, Newcastle, Galway  Tel.: 091-527887

Scoil an Chroi Naofa

Ballinasloe, Co. Galway  Tel.: 0909-644975

Scoil Mhuire

Briarhill National School, Galway  Tel.: 091-751543

St. Nicholas’s National School

The Claddagh, Galway  Tel.: 091-586173

Convent of Mercy National School

Dublin Road, Tuam, Co. Galway  Tel.: 093-49357

Merlin Woods NS

Doughiska, Galway  Tel.: 091-756823

St. Patrick’s National School

Tuam, Co. Galway  Tel.: 093-28406

Kilcoona National School    

Kilcoona, Headford, Co. Galway Tel.:091-791542

Buaile Beg National School

Buaile Beag, Galway Tel.:091-520933

St.Joseph’s National School

Kinvarra, Co.Galway Tel.:091-638171

Scoil Cholmcille

Ros a Mhíl, Co.Galway Tel.:091-572039

Scoil Mhuire

Oranmore, Co.Galway Tel.:091-794184

St.Joseph’s National School

Woodford, Co.Galway Tel.:0909-749525

Scoil Colmcille

Castlegar, Co.Galway Tel.:091-757362

Scoil Aine Naofa

Lough Cutra, Gort, Co.Galway Tel.:091-633242

Scoil Mhuire

Clifden, Co.Galway Tel.:095-21353

Scoil Mhuire

Monivea, Co.Galway Tel.:091-849532

Oranmore Boys NS

Oranmore, Co.Galway Tel.:091-790312

Bawnmore NS

Claregalway, Co.Galway Tel.:091-798600

S.N. Coilm Cille

Ros a Mhíl , Co.Galway Tel.:091-572039

S.N. Naomh Iosef

Cong , Co.Galway Tel.:094-9546725

Brierfield NS

Tuam , Co.Galway Tel.:093-49376

S.N Naomh Ciarain

Cill Chiarain , Co.Galway Tel.:095-33613

Scoil Bhríde

Shantalla , Galway Tel.:091-525052

St Patricks NS

Lombard St , Galway Tel.:091-568707

Scoil Bhríde

New Inn , Co. Galway Tel.:090-9675706

Bullaun NS

Bullaun , Co. Galway Tel.:091-841556

S.N. Choilm Cille

Baile na hAbhann , Co. Galway Tel.:091-593613

Glenamaddy NS

Glenamaddy , Co. Galway Tel.:094-9659375

Scoil Caitriona 

Renmore , Co. Galway Tel.:091-753613

Creggs NS 

Creggs , Co. Galway Tel.:090-6621303

Oughterard NS 

Oughterard , Co. Galway Tel.:091-552074






Galway Secondary Schools with Special Classes

Colaiste na Coiribe 

Galway  Tel.: 091-753977

Colaiste Iognaid 

24 Sea Road, Galway  Tel.: 091-501550

Garbally College 

Ballinasloe, Co. Galway  Tel.: 0909-646640

Gort Community School 

Gort, Co. Galway  Tel.: 091-632163

Archbishop McHale College 

Tuam, Co. Galway  Tel.: 093-24397

Gairmscoil Mhuire 

Athenry, Co. Galway  Tel.: 091-844159

Claregalway College 

Claregalway, Co.Galway Tel.:091-799001

Mercy College Woodford 

Woodford,Loughrea, Co. Galway Tel.:0909-749076

Merlin College 

Doughiska Road, Galway Tel.:091-769000

Clarin College 

Athenry, Galway Tel.:091-844159

Colaiste Cholmcille 

Indreabhán, Co. na Gaillimhe Tel.:091-593119

Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin

An Cheathrú Rua, Co. na Gaillimhe Tel.:091-595215


Special Schools with Autism classes attached

Galway Rosedale School
Renmore, Galway  Tel.: 091-779600

St Joseph’s Special School
Thomas Hynes Road, Newcastle, Galway  Tel.: 091-521895

Lakeview School
Renmore, Galway  Tel.: 091-779979

St. Teresa’s Special School
BEC, Creagh Road, Ballinasloe, Co.  Galway  Tel.: 0909-643934

Abalta Special School (3-18 years on autism spectrum)
Abalta Special School for students with autism and complex needs, Parkmore East, Parkmore, Galway. Phone: 091 701974


For a full list of special classes please visit the National Council for Special Education Website at


July Provision

The July Education Programme provides funding for an extended school year for children with a severe or profound general learning disability or children with autism. The extended year is more commonly known as July Provision or the July Education Programme. Where an eligible school participates in the programme, an extra month’s education is provided to a pupil who meets the scheme’s criteria. Where school-based provision is not feasible, 40 hours home-based provision may be grant aided – See more at: