Toddlers with hearing impairment in a regular daycare framework are entitled to the accompaniment of an aide
The assistance is only provided for children in a daycare framework under Ministry of Economy (formerly the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor) supervision
- Toddlers receiving services at a hearing rehabilitation center who are in a regular local daycare framework for children who are not deaf (i.e. those operated by Naamat or WIZO) are entitled to the accompaniment of an aide for between 1 and 4 hours per day.
- The aide receives instruction from the paramedical team providing services to the child.
- The eligibility is only for children integrated into regular frameworks under Ministry of Economy (formerly the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor) supervision.
- The assistance is not provided for children in private daycare that is not under Ministry of Economy supervision, or for children not officially recognized by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services.
- Moreover, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services' Misikun L'Sikui (From Risk to Opportunity) program, which offers the services of an integration aide not covered by the law, operates in 21 municipalities throughout Israel.
Who is Eligible?
- Toddlers between one year and three years old who have hearing impairment and receive services from MICHA, AV Israel, or Shema Kolenu (for the Haredi population).
- The toddlers must be in daycare for children who hear which is under Ministry of Economy (formerly the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor) supervision (they may go all or some days of the week).
How to Claim It?
- A request must be submitted to the child's local social services office. Click here to locate the closest office.
- The following documents must be attached to the request:
- A social work report (from the social services office or the child's therapy center).
- A diagnosis from a child development center.
- The daycare center may be contacted directly in order to register. Registration for local daycare begins every year in January.
- Discounts for daycare are sometimes available; a social services office social worker should be contacted for details.
- MICHA Tel Aviv and Central Region: Early childhood department
- MICHA Haifa and Northern Region: Individual integration
- MICHA Beer Sheva
- MICHA Jerusalem
- MICHA Beer Sheva (on the Makom Meuchad website)
- AV Israel
- Shema Kolenu
Laws and Regulations
- The Toddlers at Risk Law (The Right to Daycare)
- Provision 8.10 of the Social Work Regulations: Placement of Toddlers in a Daycare/Childcare Center – Implementation of the Toddlers at Risk Law (The Right to Daycare), 5760-2000 and the Integration of Toddlers with Special Needs
- Instructions for registering for daycare and nursery school for the 5774 (2013-2014) school year on the Ministry of Economy website.
- Information about education of children with hearing impairment on the Ministry of Education's Special Education Division website.