Early years news
Preschool & Primary School Series Webinars
15 Jan 2021
Our Cork branch has developed a set of webinars specifically for those supporting a child with Down syndrome in their early years setting.
SOS Feeding Course
13 Nov 2020
Our Down Syndrome Cork branch is hosting a Zoom course on Feeding approaches for children with Down syndrome, it is facilitated by Mide Kearney, Speech and Language Therapist.
DSI’s Pre-Budget Submission 2021
09 Oct 2020
Did you know that Ireland – even before this awful pandemic - is currently the worst country in western Europe to have a disability?
DSI outlines parents’ concerns for their children ahead of the next school term
29 Jul 2020
“There is that level of fear there and the lack of real, clear information on how schools are going to manage this when they reopen is a worry for many.”
Access and Inclusion Model, (AIM) programme for 2020/2021 is now open
10 Jun 2020
The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) provides a range of supports to enable children with a disability to meaningfully participate in the ECCE preschool programme.
10 July 2020 – Summer Provision Programme (July Provision) extended to include students with Down syndrome transitioning into primary school
21 May 2020
We are in ongoing contact with the Minister and Department of Education and Skills over the Summer Provision Programme (July Provision)
Postponement of SNA model welcomed
06 May 2020
DSI welcomes the publication of the Department of Education and Skills circular regarding Special Needs Assistant Allocations for the 2020/21 School Year for Mainstream Classes in Primary and Post Primary Schools.
Transitioning from early education to primary school
03 May 2020
Moving from early education to primary school is one of the most significant transitions a child will make. As children enter new educational settings, they leave behind familiar surroundings and relationships.
DSI in ongoing communication with HSE
08 Apr 2020
As you may know from the communication last week regarding fever and testing, we are communicating with the HSE, and will try to ensure that they are taking into account the needs of people with Down syndrome and their families, so do let us know if there are particular issues you’d like us to raise.