Early years news
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.
Tony The Turtle Stays at Home
31 Mar 2020
Thank you to Valerie Sheehan creator of the Tony the Turtle book series - Valerie has shared with us a free download to help parents explain the current world crisis to younger children.
Update from HSE regarding new Covid 19 testing requirements
26 Mar 2020
We are aware of families’ concerns about the current testing guidelines for Covid 19 and how they may impact on people with Down syndrome.
Communication Development Activities
24 Mar 2020
Dear Parents - Please find some activities that you can use at home to promote your baby/toddler/child’s communication development.
A Day To Celebrate and Support
23 Mar 2020
“Please take the time to celebrate those around you who have Down Syndrome. Know that they are stronger than you will hopefully ever need to be, know that they are fighting for survival since the moment of conception, know that they have many minor and major health complications and know that they deserve your respect, love, friendship and kindness.”