Dáil Éireann - Volume 625 - 10 October, 2006

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Science if parents of a child with special needs who is not attending national school but is of school going age, and is attending a Montessori primary school not funded by her Department, can apply for the home tuition grant in order to pay the Montessori fees. [31957/06]

  Ms Hanafin: The purpose of the home tuition scheme is to provide funding to parents to provide education at home for children who, for a number of reasons such as chronic illness, are unable to attend school. The scheme was extended in recent years to facilitate tuition for children awaiting a suitable educational placement. The terms of the home tuition scheme do not extend to the payment of private school fees. It is open to the family to contact the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) through the local special educational needs organiser (SENO) in the context of sourcing a school placement within the State system. Contact details for the SENO may be sourced from the NCSE at (046) 9486400. Alternatively, these details may be accessed on the NCSE website at www.ncse.ie.