Since the Programme was established, the Department has only ever sanctioned 1:1 tuition or tuition for siblings in the home.
For 2023, the Department is allowing a Small Group Arrangement whereby individual registered teachers can deliver a programme for students in group of up to three.
Therefore, if parents wish, they may enter into an arrangement with a registered teacher to tutor their child in a small group, up to a maximum of 3 children.
This new arrangement is based on feedback that some students who are eligible for the home- based programme will benefit from a more holistic experience from peer and social interactions.
For groups of 4 or larger, the Department will continue to approve Private Group Provider Arrangements between parents and private providers as it has done in previous years.
The terms and conditions of the Private Group Provider Arrangement must be followed where students are taken together as a group, around issues such as governance and child protection.
Additionally, allocations to siblings will no longer be a shared allocation; each student will be sanctioned on an individual basis.
As with previous years, grant funding is made available so that parents/legal guardians can engage the services of a Teacher or a SNA to provide tuition or care support as appropriate to their child.
The Home-Based Programme should not replace the summer programmes that are available in schools
The programme must be delivered in person and cannot be delivered online.
Find more information about the 2023 Expanded Home-Based Programme here.