Dedicated Speech and Language Therapy Service recommended for disadvantaged areas

News Release: Thursday, November 15, 2012 The establishment of dedicated early intervention speech and language therapy services in disadvantaged areas has been recommended in a children’s report launched today. The report found that a dedicated speech and language service would enable more children to receive the intervention earlier which would help to remove or reduce […]


Programme identifies how to improve children’s literacy in disadvantaged communities

News release: Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Call for after-school literacy programme to become an option for all children A major research programme has identified an effective approach to improve children’s literacy in disadvantaged communities – and recommended this approach become available to other communities wanting to improve early childhood literacy. Launching the Evaluation Report of […]


Children to Benefit as Proven Literacy Programme Expanded

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Doodle Den extended in Tallaght and expanded to new schools in Limerick Almost 140 children are to benefit from improved reading and comprehension skills as a children’s literacy programme in Tallaght is being extended for an additional year – and being expanded to Limerick. The children will be taking part in Doodle […]


St. Mark’s becomes first Restorative Practice School in Ireland Oct 2012

October 3, 2012 St. Mark’s becomes first Restorative Practice School in the country St Mark’s Community School has become the first school in Ireland committed to the use of Restorative Practice. Mayor Cathal King and Minister Brian Hayes attend the RP Launch The process began in 2010 and staff members, students and parents have all […]


NEWS: Groups launch manual on improving Community Safety

News Release: Friday, September 28, 2012 The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI), South Dublin County Council and the Community Safety Initiative Committee joined their expertise to launch a detailed manual on how to improve community safety. At the launch of the Community Safety Initiative Manual were:ack Row: Anna Lee, Philomena Poole, Inspector Raymond Blake, Chief Superintendent […]


Certs Awarded in Life And Community Coaching

News Release: Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Certs Awarded in Life And Community Coaching 55 people from across the community in Tallaght were awarded certificates in Life and Community Coaching, after completing a course organised by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI). The successful participants learnt about community working and how they can also support others to be […]


Tallaght West Kids Graduate with Improved Literacy Skills

News Release: Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Tallaght West Kids Graduate with Improved Literacy Skills Doodle Den provides early literacy model for Communities. 105 kids from Tallaght West today celebrated improved literacy skills after completing an intensive early years intervention programme. The children worked hard since last September completing three hour-and-a-half long after-school sessions each week, as […]