06 July, 2018 - Government Announce Schools Taking Part in Project bringing Specialised Therapists into Schools and Pre-schools

Specialised therapists will be working in 150 schools and pre-schools across the country from this September

Government focuses on linked up services and early intervention

The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. and Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD., today (6th of July, 2018) announced the schools and pre-schools taking part in the first ever project to provide in-school and pre-school therapy services. The project will be managed and co-ordinated by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). 

This government is committed to ensuring that every child is given the opportunity to reach their full potential. The model for this project has been developed by the Departments of Education and Skills, Children and Youth Affairs and Health and will complement existing HSE funded provision of essential therapy services.

The 150 schools and pre-schools selected are located within HSE Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) Region 7 which includes West Dublin, Kildare, and West Wicklow. The schools and pre-schoolswere chosen to be representative of the overall educational system and include settings in disadvantaged areas, large, small, urban and rural schools and pre-schools as well as those with differing special educational needs.

These schools and pre-schools will receive the support of 19 speech and language therapists and 12 Occupational Therapists. The NCSE will also recruit 2 National Co-ordinators to manage the project. €2.25m is being allocated to Phase One of the project in 2018. 

Phase one of the project will focus on: 

  • Early intervention and tailored supports.
  • Bringing specialised therapists into schools and pre-schools to provide tailored support to children.
  • Collaboration and greater linkages between therapists, parents, teachers and other school and pre-school staff.
  • Developing greater linkages between educational and therapy supports.
  • Providing professional training and guidance for school and pre-school staff and parents in supporting children’s therapy and developmental needs.
  • Maximising the participation of parents in their children’s communication development.  

Announcing the schools taking part, the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D., said: “Parents always tell me that they would like to see a more joined up approach to delivering services that is tailored to their child’s needs. This model will bring together therapists and educational professionals who have until now often operated separately.

“Another crucial part of this model, is the focus on early intervention. Addressing an issue early on can have a transformative impact on a child’s progression. If we want to have the best education and training service in Europe, we have to make sure that we are doing everything we can to give our children the best possible start in life.”

Announcing the pre-schools taking part, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone:

“Access to therapists is one of the biggest issues raised with me by parents.

“I am delighted to work in partnership with Government colleagues to deliver speech and language as well as occupation therapists in preschools and schools through this pilot.  It is crucial that such access happens as early as possible which is why the involvement of pre-schools is key.

“It is my hope it will be a success and improve the lives of children, parents and families. We can then work to ensure it becomes the model for every school and preschool throughout the country.”

Minister Harris, said, 

“Access to speech and language therapy at a young age can be life-changing for children in need of such intervention. This pilot will see more tailored in-school therapeutic supports, which will allow for earlier intervention and better outcomes.

“This government is committed to ensuring every young person is given the best opportunities in life. Earlier invention is key to this and I have no doubt that this pilot will make an important difference in the lives of the children in these schools.” 

Notes to Editors: 

The pilot project will take place in the HSE Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) Region 7 which includes West Dublin, Kildare, and West Wicklow. 

This region has been selected to ensure that the pre-school and in-school therapy model can be tested in both urban and rural locations and with a suitable mix of various types of schools and pre-schools. 

Each therapist will provide support to clusters of schools and pre-schools within the pilot region. 

The main focus of the model will be on providing professional training and guidance for school and pre-school staff and parents in supporting children’s therapy and developmental needs. 

In some instances where children have significant persistent needs, direct one on one support will be provided in pre-schools and schools for those children.

Selection of Schools and Pre-Schools

In selecting which schools which are being invited to participate in the project, regard has been given to a range of objective criteria which has ensured that within the selected pilot region a representative sample of schools can be selected.

The Education Research Centre (ERC) randomly selected, within the selection criteria designed to provide for a proportional distribution of schools, 75 schools.

Account of the proportional distribution of schools within the region included:

  • Balance between Primary and Post Primary School Sectors (60 Primary National Schools (including 6 special schools) 15 Post Primary).
  • Inclusion of Disadvantage/DEIS status schools
  • Gender
  • Medium of Instruction (Irish)
  • Special Schools (Not supported by existing dedicated in School Therapy Service)
  • School size
  • Urban/Rural location
  • Sector and Ethos
  • Primary and post primary schools with special classes
  • School(s) with Early Intervention Special Class
  • Capacity to group schools into clusters

In order to ensure early intervention and continuity of provision between the pre-school and mainstream school sector, 75 Pre-schools were grouped into clusters of 5 pre-schools which were associated with selected mainstream schools. 

Full list of schools participating

PRESCHOOLS

 

Kildare

Happy Days Community   Childcare, CDP Woodstock Street, Athy, Co Kildare

 

Tiny tots Preschool,   Flinters Estate Community Building, Flinters Close, Athy, Co Kildare.

 

Traveller support group,   Little Angels Childcare, Mount Saint Mary's, Athy, Co Kildare.

 

Tir na Nóg ECCE, Model   Court, Geraldine Road, Athy

 

Newbridge FRC, Dara   Park, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

 

Amanda's Playschool,   Hickorys, 51 Moorefield Drive, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

 

Rainbow Brite, 866 Piercetown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

 

Tots Roseberry Hill The   Bungalow, Moorefield Road, Newbridge

 

Phils School Around the   Corner Playgroup, 1 The Drive, Abbey Farm, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

 

Vivienne's playschool,   12 The Drive, Abbey Farm, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

 

Memory Lane Preschool,   Room 3, The Mill, Celbridg, Co. Kildare

 

Happy Days, The Green,   Oldtown Mill, Celbridge Co Kildare

 

Kidz at Play, 15 Newton   Hall, The Grove, Maynooth, Co Kildare

 

Seasaws Playschool, 48   Royal Meadows, Kilcock

 

Maynooth Day Nursey, 14   Parklands Court. Maynooth, Co Kildare

 

 

Tallaght

Tallaght Childcare   Centre, 2 Dominics Road, Millbrook Lawn, Tallaght 24

 

Cocoon Childcare, 27a   Marlfield Mall, Kiltipper Way, Dublin 24

 

Fledlgings Kiltipper, 29   Deerpark Cl, Kiltipper, Dublin 24

 

Daisychain Preschool,   Tymon Bawen Community Centre, Firhouse Road West, Dublin 24

 

Four Seasons Preschool,   Tymon Bawn Community Centre, Firhouse Road West, Dublin 24

 

Drysdale Montessori,   Drydale Close, Oldbawn, Dublin 24

 

Scoil Íosa Playgroup,   Castle Tymon Road, Tymon North, Tallaght, Dublin 24

 

Balrothery Creche, 154   Balrothery Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24

 

Dublin West St. MARY'S,   Bancroft Ave, Greenhills Road, Dublin 24

 

Oakview Institute of   Technology, Tallaght, Greenhills Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24

 

Ard Mor Court, Respond   Childcare, 37 Ard Mor Court, Tallaght, Dublin 24

 

Little Ladybird Creche,   1 Main Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24

 

Fledglings Early Years,   St Annes Primary School, Fettercairn, Dublin 24

 

St Mark's Preschool, St   Mark's House, Cookstown Lane, Tallaght, Dublin 24

 

Tallaght Childcare   Centre, Fettercairn Community Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

 

Loreto Playgroup, Loreto   Playgroup Ltd, St Mark's Junior School, Tallaght, Dublin 24

 

 

Clondalkin

Ronanstown CPD, C/O   Ronanstown Community Childcare Centre, Neilstown, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

 

Ronanastown Community   Childcare Centre, Neilstown Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

 

Mrs Giggles, Bawnog,   Community Centre, Bawnog, Dublin 22

 

Giraffe Childcare,   Liffey Valley, Dublin 22

 

Fonthill Lodge,   Clondalkin Civic Offices, 9th Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

 

Naionra Chronain, Áras   Chrónáin, Bóthar an Úlloird, Cluain Dolcáin, Baile Átha Cliath 22

 

Footprints, Clondalking   Leisure Centre, Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

 

The Village Daycare, 64   Laurel Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

 

Rowtees Preschool, Tower   Hotel, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

 

Brightsparks, 18a St   Anthony's Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

 

Little Gems Preschool,   Fuaimhness, Commons Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

 

Rainbow Magic Preschool,   St Judes Baenoge Cottages, Old Nangor Road, Bawnoge, Dublin 22

 

Bambi Preschool,   Greenpark Shopping Centre, 3 St John's Drive, Dublin 22

 

 

Lucan

Number One Montessori, 1   Westbrook Road, Ballydowd Manor, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

Giraffe Lucan, Ballyowen   Lane, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

Kidsbrook Creche, 94   Colthurst Crescent, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

Tots of Fun, 45 Colthurst   Crescent, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

KidStart Preschool, 1   Brookpark, Finnstown Abbey, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

The Oldschool House, The   Crescent, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

The Wombles, 107 Airlie   Heights, Doddsborough, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

Sweetpea Preschool, 2 Liffey   Drive, Liffey Valley Park, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

Explore Together   Childcare Centre, 34a Hillcrest Grove, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

St Finians Community   Playgroup, 22 St Finian's Green, Glebe, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

Sunflowers Creche,   Yellow Walls, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

Naionra Eiscir, Esker   House Annexe, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

Montessori Matters, 108   Esker Manor, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

Rainbows End, 17a The   Glebe, Esker, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

Naíonra Mháirin, Lucan   Sports and Leisure Centre, Griffeen Glen, Lucan, Co Dublin

 

 

Dublin City

Loreto Preschool, Loreto   Junior Primary School, Crumlin Road, Crumlin, Dublin 22

 

Kiddies Corner, 292   Sundrive Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

 

Small Wonders, 16-18   Mountdown Road, Dublin

 

Pearse College Community   Nursery, Perase College, Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

 

St Andrews Childcare, St   Andrews Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

 

Hide and Seek Childcare,   1d Shaw St, Pff Pearse St, Dublin 2

 

Trinity College Day   Nursery, House 49-50, Trinity College, Dublin 2

 

Safari Childcare, 2   Hanover Street East, Dublin 2

 

Chapillizod Preschool   Playgroup, 1 new Row, Chapelizod, Dublin 20

 

Mini Miracles Creche,   263Sarsfield Road, Chapelizod

 

Crumlin Childcare   Centre, Pearse Memorial Park, Windmill Road, Dublin 12

 

St Raphael's Preschool   and Afterschool, St Raphael;s NS, Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

 

Stepping Stones   Montessori, 23 Ardagh Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

 

Connolly Childrens   Centre, Ashgrove Community Centre, The Coombe, Dublin 8

 

Happyland Creche, 7   Bangor Drive, Dublin 12

 

Safari Childcare,   Kilmainham, Dublin 8

  

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

 

 

 

Roll

COUNTY

School Name

ADDRESS1

ADDRESS2

18323A

Dublin Belgard

Scoil Lorcain B

Palmerstown

Dublin 20

19466E

Dublin Belgard

St Kevin's Girls

Kilnamanagh

Tallaght

17953F

Dublin Belgard

Scoil Náisiúnta Bhaile Eamonn

Rathfarnham

Dublin 14

20194E

Dublin Belgard

St. John The Evangelist NS

Adamstown

Co Dublin

19817H

Dublin Belgard

St Mary's National School

Woodview

Esker

19617W

Dublin Belgard

St Martin De Porres National School

Aylesbury

Old Bawn

19574H

Dublin Belgard

Marley Grange National School

Divine Word National School

Marley Grange

19542R

Dublin Belgard

St Thomas Junior National School

Esker

Lucan

18642Q

Dublin Belgard

Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Eoin

Tower Road

Clondalkin

19576L

Dublin Belgard

Scoil Aonghusa SNS

Balrothery

Tallaght

20066S

Dublin Belgard

Lucan Educate Together National School

Bewley Way

Willsbrook

19503H

Dublin Belgard

Scoil Chrónáin

Sraid Mor

Rath Cuil

19221U

Dublin Belgard

Scoil Naomh Áine

New Road

Clondalkin

19577N

Dublin Belgard

Scoil Íosa

Tymon North

Tallaght

17683C

Dublin Belgard

Loreto Junior School

Crumlin Road

Dublin 12

19569O

Dublin Belgard

Scoil Aenghusa Junior National School

St Peter Apostle National School

Neillstown

20464H

Dublin Belgard

Holy Spirit Senior Primary School

Limekiln Lane

Greenhills

20173T

Dublin Belgard

St Anne's Primary School

Fettercairn

Tallaght

19566I

Dublin Belgard

Our Lady Queen of Apostles

Clonburris NS

Dunawley Avenue

19837N

Dublin City

Drimnagh Castle CBS National School

Drimnagh Castle

Dublin 12

15622S

Dublin City

St Patrick's National School

Chapelizod Village

Chapelizod

15625B

Dublin City

St Catherine's West National School

Donore Avenue

South Circular Road

17603B

Dublin City

Scoil Iosagain

Aighavannagh Road

Crumlin

16964F

Dublin City

Loreto Primary School

Scoil Mhuire Ogh 1

Crumlin Rd

17356K

Dublin City

Mourne Road Infants

Mourne Road

Drimnagh

20411J

Dublin Belgard

Firhouse Educate Together National School

Ballycullen Drive

Firhouse

13611D

Dublin City

Presentation Primary School

Warrenmount

Blackpitts

17893N

Dublin City

Sancta Maria CBS Primary School

Synge St

Dublin 8

16707I

Kildare

Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Pheadar

Monasterevan

Co Kildare

17341U

Kildare

Maynooth Boys' National School

Moyglare Road

Maynooth

00779U

Kildare

Presentation Girls Maynooth

Maynooth

Co Kildare

18378C

Kildare

Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Ioseph

Baile Ailbhir

Kilcullen

17995V

Kildare

Scoil Náisiúnta Oilibhear Plunglead

Killina

Carbury

07790U

Kildare

Churchtown National School

Churchtown

Athy

18179T

Kildare

Scoil Naisiunta Bride Lackagh

Lackagh

Monasterevan

16302F

Kildare

St Brigid's National School

Ballysax

The Curragh

18430B

Kildare

Scoil Náisiúnta Baile Roibeaird

Baile Roibeaird

Nas Na Riogh

17968S

Kildare

Ursaille Naofa

Teach An Da Mhile

Naas

16706G

Kildare

St Joseph's National School

Kilcock

Kilcock

13350B

Kildare

Scoil Bride

Athgarvan National School

Curragh Camp

15870O

Kildare

Scoil Chonnla Phadraig

Newbridge

Co Kildare

18654A

Kildare

Caragh National School

Caragh

Naas

18288B

Kildare

Scoil Mhichil Naofa

Athy

Co. Kildare

20271T

Kildare

Scoil N Naomh Uilig

Rickardstown

Newbridge

06209J

Kildare

Athy Model School

Tomard

Athy

13328I

Kildare

St Patrick's National School

Morristown

Newbridge

19995I

Kildare

North Kildare Educate Together School

Celbridge

Co Kildare

19897I

Kildare

Scoil Uí Riada

An Bhánóg

Cill Choca

19550Q

Kildare

Ballymany Junior National School

Newbridge

Co Kildare

18449W

Kildare

St Conleth's National School

Derrinturn

Carbury

18502A

Wicklow

Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Brid

Talbotstown

Kiltegan

18054W

Wicklow

Hollywood National School

Hollywood

Naas

12688K

Wicklow

Kiltegan National School

Kiltegan

Co Wicklow

20242M

Wicklow

Blessington Educate Together

Red Lane

Blessington

Special Schools

19277B

Kildare

St. Annes Special School

Ballymany Cross,  

The Curragh

18455W

Kildare

St. Marks Special School

Piercetown

Newbridge

20010

Dublin

St. Roses Special School

c/o Scoil Aonghusa

Balrothery

19382V

Dublin

Scoil Eion

Armagh Road

Crumlin

18904U

Dublin

St Peters Special School

Lucena Clinic

59 Orwell Road

19151C

Dublin

St John of God Special School

Islandbridge

Dublin 8

 

Post Primary Schools

 

 

 

 Roll
 County
 School Name
 Address 1
 Address 2

91332O

Dublin Belgard

St Marks Community   School

Cookstown Road

Tallaght

60851P

Dublin Belgard

Assumption Secondary   School

Walkinstown

Dublin 12

60341P

Dublin

Sancta Maria College

Ballyroan Crescent

Rathfarnham

70080T

Dublin Belgard

Lucan Community College

Esker Drive

Lucan

70021D

Dublin Belgard

Coláiste de hÍde

Bóthar Chaisleáin Thigh   Motháin

Tamhlacht

91302F

Dublin Belgard

Phobailscoil Iosolde

Palmerstown

Dublin 20

60890C

Dublin City

St Louis High School

Charleville Road

Rathmines

91505T

Kildare

St Wolstan's Community   School

Ballymakeely

Clane Rd

61681V

Kildare

Patrician Secondary   School

Naas Rd

Newbridge

61691B

Kildare

Scoil Dara

Church St

Kilcock

70691C

Kildare

Confey Community College

Captains Hill

Confey

70730J

Kildare

Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin

Rathangan

Co Kildare

70800E

Wicklow

St Kevin's Community   College

Dunlavin

Co Wicklow

60121B

Dublin Belgard

Moyle Park College

Clondalkin

Dublin 22

60490J

Dublin City

CBS Westland Row

South Cumerbland Street

Westland Row