Introduction:

Therapeutic daycare is operated for blind and visually impaired toddlers up to age 3


Rehabilitative daycare for blind and visually impaired children works to improve their personal functioning in daily activities and communication and social skills.

  • Additionally, the children are provided with assistance in learning in order to facilitate their eventual inclusion into regular education, when possible.
  • Below is a list of existing programs in various parts of the country.

ELIYA Daycare Programs

Central Region

  • Lavon St. 3, PO Box 8179, Petach Tikva 49181 (program for children up to age 6)
    • Tel: 03-9336840, Fax: 03-9336837
    • Email: ganpetachtikva@eliya.org.il

Southern Region

  • Havatzelet HaNegev St. 21, Neve Noy Neighborhood, Beer Sheva 84849
    • Tel: 08-6270971, Fax: 08-6270671
    • Email: ganbeersheva@eliya.org.il

Jerusalem Area

  • Diskin St. 17, Jerusalem
    • Tel: 02-5639164, Fax: 02-5639162
    • Email: ganjerusalem@eliya.org.il

Gan Ofarim (Haifa)

  • Gan Ofarim - Bnei Zion Medical Center, Montefiore Street 19/A, Haifa 31048
    • Tel: 04-8370062, Fax: 04-8371393
    • Email: ofarim@b-zion.org.il

Who is Eligible?

  • Blind and Visually Impaired children between the ages of half a year and 3 years old who meet all of the following conditions :
    • Children who have a Certificate of Blindness/Visual Impairment or meet the eligibility requirements for such a certificate.
    • As a result of vision impairment, the child has functional impairments which make it difficult for him/her to integrate into a regular framework.
    • The child needs a multidisciplinary intervention (range of professionals to help him/her), due to limitations arising from impaired vision.

How to Claim It?

  • Those who are interested must contact the social services office closest to their place of residence.
  • Also, one can apply directly to the daycare framework in which one wants to send the child.
    • To assist parents in the process, the daycare framework can write a letter to the Department of Social Services (you can see an example letter in Appendix 1 here ).The letter should request:
      • An introductory meeting between the Department of Social Services and the family (opening of a file).
      • Preparation of a psychosocial report and preparation for transferring daycare frameworks.
      • Accompaniment of a social worker to the admission committee.

The Acceptance Process for a Child in Rehabilitative Preschool

  • In order to be admitted into a rehabilitative preschool, one must go through an acceptance committee consisting of the following participants:
    • The child who the request is for as well as the parents.
    • A representative from the daycare framework, who will serve as the chairman of the committee
    • District supervisor from the Rehabilitation Department at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services.
    • Optometrist expert for blind children.
    • Other participants will be invited as needed (social worker from the Department of Social Services in the area in which the family resides, rehabilitative training department representative, a representative of the Ministry of Education, etc.).
  • The acceptance committee must receive the following documentation:
  • A request from the parents of the child.
  • one (or more) of the following doctor reports:
    • eye doctor report
    • a report from the Department of Pediatrics at the hospital
    • a report from Institute for Child Development
  • a Needs Assessment Report from a rehabilitation counselor (one who helps the child to develop skills in daily functioning), if the child is recognized as receiving rehabilitative training.
  • a psycho-social report (social work report of Department of Social Affairs and Social Services), if the child is recognized in the Department of Social Affairs and Social Services.
  • an educational report from the teacher for blind and visually impaired.

Decision regarding acceptance to the day program

  • A decision will be made after a meeting with the Admissions Committee.
  • The chairman of the committee will pass on the decision of the committee to the family and send copies to the district supervisor of the Rehabilitation Department and the Department of Social Affairs and Social Services.
  • If the child has been accepted, the parents should refer themselves to the Department of Social Affairs and Social Services for advice, guidance, and calculation of further eligibility in parallel placements.

Periodic Evaluation

  • Once every 6 months, the program will conduct an evaluation for the child accompanied by the District Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Department and a social worker from the Department of Social Affairs and Social Services
    • After 12 months, there will be an overall assessment of the child and evaluation of continued treatment.
  • A summary of the evaluations will be given to the child's parents and to the administration of the Service for the Blind in the Department of Social Affairs and Social Services.

Financial Participation in the Daycare Program

  • Financial participation of parents with children who participate in the daycare program is determined by the Table of parental participation in daycare programs for children with blindness between 0-3 years of age.
  • In any case, the participation rate will not exceed the rate of the program itself.
  • Families with two or more children participating in programs recognized by a government agency and which requires their financial participation, will receive a 25% discount for each child.
  • Programs recognized by a government agency include:
  • In any case, parental participation for each child will not be less than the lowest amount of participation in the relevant table.
  • In single parent families, the calculation will be as if the family includes one additional member.
  • Additionally, single parent families will receive a 50% discount for every child (here as well, in any case, parental participation for each child will not be less than the lowest amount of participation in the relevant table.
  • Parental participation will be calculated solely by the local authority in which the child resides, not by the individual program.

Please Note

  • If the child participates in a partial day program and is also integrated into a community preschool program, the partial day program team will be responsible for consulting and training staff in the preschool.

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