Early years news
Upcoming Webinar – Taking the Next Big Step
12 May 2022
Taking the Next Big Step: The Transition to Preschool, will provide parents with lots of practical hints and tips, strategies, resources and advice.
Parents & Teachers of Children in Junior Infants Classes
11 Feb 2022
The Experience of Transition from Preschool to Primary School for Children with Down Syndrome is a study aimed at investigating the experiences of Irish parents and teachers of children with Down syndrome as they make this transition.
Children Under 12 Vaccination Update
15 Dec 2021
Following yesterday's announcement that vaccination of children under 12 will begin soon starting with vulnerable cohorts
Department of Education Guidelines on the Use of Reduced School Days
20 Sep 2021
The Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, and the Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion, Josepha Madigan TD, have launched guidelines on the use of reduced school days.
10 Sep 2021
Here is a video showcasing the wonderful new premises of our Tipperary Branch, called Meitheal 21.
Families struggle to access early disability services
31 May 2021
Tilly Higgins, from Caltra in Galway, is two-years-old. She has never received any physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, or occupational therapy from the HSE early intervention team.
Update on Summer Programme 2021
31 May 2021
Many of the barriers for schools experienced in previous years have been removed for school provision this year.
12 Mar 2021
We’ve been receiving lots of emails and phone calls from people asking about Covid 19 vaccination.
See and Learn Kits for Branches
26 Feb 2021
We are delighted to be able to supply branches with the See and Learn Programmes for use with younger members, thanks to the funding of HB Fundays 2020.
Down Syndrome Ireland seeks urgent meeting to discuss AIM support for young children with Down syndrome
11 Feb 2021
DSI has sought an urgent meeting with Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman to discuss the very serious concerns parents have for their pre-schoolers with Down syndrome who have received little to no State services since the beginning of the pandemic. We are a year into the crisis and young children with Down syndrome have been virtually forgotten and we need this addressed.