Preschool Education

Home Tuition

If you have a child who has a diagnosis of Autism, your child may be entitled to Home Tuition under the Dept of Education, where, subject to the terms and conditions under 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. Please note GAP do not interview or vet the 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 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 do GAP recommend them . 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 of 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 ASD 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 Caitríona Naofa
    Aughrim, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway  Tel.: 0909-673675
  • 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

Secondary school

Galway Secondary Schools with ASD 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

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: